Student mobility for Jeffco charter schools

Student mobility for Jeffco charter schoolsDo charter schools gain financially from the loss of students? It appears that the impact of high mobility amongst charter schools might yield positive gains, at the expense of neighborhood schools that must admit students after the student October count date.

The following information, as reported by Don Oatman in the “OVERLOOKED ISSUES PERTAINING TO JEFFCO CHARTER SCHOOLS” report, highlights the student mobility issues and disparities between Jefferson County Public Schools charter and neighborhood schools when it comes to financial gains and burdens:

“Issue Number Four – Student mobility

There have been numerous studies pertaining to the issue of student mobility, all of which indicate that movement from school to school or between districts can be an impediment to effective school performance. Based on CDE information, the overall mobility rate for Jeffco students, excluding charter schools was 10.8 percent for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The mobility rate for the charter schools was 15.4 percent for this same period.

CDE provides information for seven categories relating to instructional programs. The greatest variances between district managed schools and charter schools involved the English Language Learners and Economically Disadvantaged Student categories.

Instructional Programs

Charter Schools

District Managed Schools

Enrollment Percentage

Mobility Rate

Enrollment Percentage

Mobility Rate

English Language Learners





Economically Disadvantaged





When these categories are evaluated on an individual school basis, there is a small number of ELL students in the charter schools when The New America School-Lakewood is excluded from the analysis, however, Addenbrooke Classical, Jefferson Academy K-12, Mountain Phoenix Community School, and Woodrow Wilson Academy all have mobility rates of 30 per cent or higher for students in this category.

Regarding the Economically Disadvantaged category, the district managed schools have a much higher percentage of students in this group of students, but the charter schools with a lower percentage of students in this category, have a higher mobility rate for these students. Two schools, Compass Montessori – Wheat Ridge (3.0%), and Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen (4.3%) have very low percentages of students in this category.

CDE information by Ethnic Group includes seven different ethnic categories, however, the majority of the students in Jeffco are White or Hispanic/Latino. Information for these categories is as follows


Charter Schools

District Managed Schools

Enrollment Percentage

Mobility Rate

Enrollment Percentage

Mobility Rate

White Students





Hispanic/Latino Students





A factor related to student mobility involves the process to identify the number of students for each school and the district through use of the October first count of students. This student count is the basis for allocating resources to Charter Schools. These resources are not adjusted if there are subsequent changes in the school enrollment. Charter schools with a high level of mobility will gain financially from the loss of students and in many cases, the district managed schools will be required to accept these students back in their home schools with no, or limited additional resources.”

More information regarding this and additional charter school issues can be found in the full report at

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