Duval County has four single gender charter schools; two for boys and two for girls. Evidently, there are just not enough parents to make them viable. Total enrollment for the four schools is 349 middle and high school students. It is not enough, the schools are $333,000 in debt. Staff cuts are being made and donors are being sought.
Superintendent Vitti doubts the non-profit management company, Profectus Learning Systems, operating the schools can survive. He said that even with cuts in staff, debts are likely to grow. The schools may not be able to provide the required academic programs.
Many people like the idea of small schools. Some children simply do better with more personal attention and less distraction. Others thrive on the diversity and opportunities larger schools provide. Providing an affordable balance is difficult. Similar problems are occurring in other communities where charters and private schools siphon off students from local public schools. Soon, all schools are small and underfunded.