Focusing only on urban areas, charter schools serve student populations that are similar to those served by district schools.
In 2013-14, urban charter schools served a student population that was 76.7% non-white. By comparison, the student population of urban district schools was 69.4% non-white, slightly lower than urban charters.
65% of urban charter students received free or reduced-price lunches (FRL), a common indicator of socioeconomic status. In urban district schools, 62.9% of students received free or reduced-price lunches.
50.6% of urban charters were classified as high-poverty schools (at least 75% FRL), compared to 44.3% of district schools in urban areas.
WFF calculations using 2013-14 school data obtained through US Dept. of Education, Elementary / Secondary Information System. All figures are for 2013-14 school year.