Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Nicholas Kacher

Reader 2

Sean Flynn


This study delves into the impact of socioeconomic factors on the efficiency of charter schools in New York City. Focusing on how economic conditions in various boroughs affect charter school outcomes, the research reveals that charter schools in the lowest socioeconomic areas exhibit superior performance in Math and English compared to local public schools. A significant finding is the inverse relationship between area income levels and charter school effectiveness; as income increases, charter schools' ability to outperform public schools diminishes. This trend suggests that charter schools are particularly effective in resource-limited environments, potentially due to innovative teaching methods, unique curriculum approaches, or efficient resource allocation. The study's findings have substantial implications for policymakers and organizations involved in educational planning and reform. It indicates that targeted funding and support for charter schools in lower-income areas could lead to improved educational outcomes in these communities. Furthermore, these insights could influence decisions regarding the establishment of new charter schools, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.