1,040 students will attend the Cape’s two charter schools next year. Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School will enroll 240 middle school students and Sturgis Charter Public School will welcome 800 high school students to its two Hyannis campuses.
The two charter schools together will receive “sending district” tuition that totals over $17,034,322. See the accompanying chart for the town-by-town breakdown below.
The Biggest Financial Hits
The Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth and Sandwich school districts will each pay over $2.3 million in charter tuition in Fiscal 2014. 201 Barnstable students will attend charters next year, while Dennis-Yarmouth loses 178 students and Sandwich 183.
The Nauset Regional Schools remain the number one contributor of students to Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, with 63 Nauset students attending CCLCS. Dennis-Yarmouth comes in second with 63 students.
Over at Sturgis, Sandwich wins the enrollment prize with 171 of its students joining the “IB for All” high school. Barnstable is the second-highest contributor of Sturgis students at 155.
The highest per-student tuition rates are paid by Provincetown, which is assessed $31,654 for each student it loses to CCLCS and $36,121 for the one P-Town student who attends Sturgis.
88 students attend Sturgis from off-Cape districts, including 76 from Plymouth.
Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter has maintained its desire to remain small, yet possesses significant space for expansion on the second floor of its new building in East Harwich. Both Sturgis and CCLCS maintain deep waiting lists of students who did not win the enrollment lottery.
Within the next two years, it is likely the Cape will see the formation of a K-5 charter school somewhere in the Barnstable/Yarmouth area. This project seems likely to draw 250-400 students from the mid-Cape area over time.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is planning, sooner rather than later, either a Commonwealth Charter School or a BIA Tribal School. There are currently 329 Native American children attending schools in the Cape or South Coast areas.