An Analysis of the Charter School Facility Landscape in Colorado

In the spring of 2017, the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC), the Colorado League of Charter Schools (the League) and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (the Alliance) collaborated to collect data and information about charter school facilities and facilities expenditures in the state of Colorado. The data collection in Colorado was supported by the Charter School Facilities Initiative (CSFI), which is a national project developed by the League to research charter school facilities and facilities expenditures across the country. Colorado was first surveyed for the CSFI project during the 2007-08 school year. The current 2016-17 survey is intended to, in part, shed light on recent changes in the state’s charter sector.

The CSFI team identified 223 brick and mortar Colorado charter school facilities that were eligible to participate in this project. Of these, 206 eligible charter school facilities completed the Charter School Facilities Survey (92 percent). The sample of brick and mortar charter schools is representative of the state in terms of region, school type/grade configuration, and management type. The survey methodology used for the report was designed to address Colorado-specific facility and policy related issues, including shared use information, facility amenities, ownership, financing, grade levels and waiting lists.