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Bay Area Facilities Tracker (BAFT)

Bay Area Facilities Tracker (BAFT)

The Bay Area Facilities Tracker (BAFT) is a database of district, charter, and private school sites that CCSA designed to assist current and prospective Bay Area charter school leaders with finding suitable facilities for their schools. Users can investigate specific school sites and view information on current enrollment, amount of potentially available space, and proportion of students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch (FRL). Using BAFT’s filtering functions, users can look for school sites that fit certain characteristics, such as location, capacity, school type, and FRL percentage.

BAFT’s database is currently comprised of all school sites in 17 Bay Area districts. Data on these sites and the schools that occupy them, current through the 2015-16 school year, was obtained from the California Department of Education. We estimate the amount of excess capacity at a site by calculating the difference between its total current enrollment and its historical maximum enrollment. School sites may change in capacity over time, so we caution that the capacity estimates on BAFT may not always accurately reflect a school site’s present-day capacity enrollment. We further caution users from using information on facility capacity to excuse a school district from offering a charter school space at any particular district facility. Please see CCSA's information about Proposition 39 which requires school districts to make reasonably equivalent facilities available to each charter school operating in the district, regardless of availability. 

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Glossary of Terms

Historical maximum enrollment:

We determined historical maximum enrollment for each school and site by reviewing enrollment records maintained by the California Department of Education. At public (district and charter) schools, historical maximum enrollment represents the highest number of students to attend a school since the 1993-94 school year, the earliest year for which CDE has records. We used the same method to find private school historical maximum enrollments, except with a more limited range; CDE records for private schools only go back to the 1999-2000 school year.

Estimated Excess Capacity:

We calculated the estimated excess capacity for each site by finding the difference between a site’s current enrollment and its historical maximum enrollment. This number represents only an estimate of the current number of vacant seats, as we did not take into account possible changes in a site’s facilities over time (e.g. new construction, addition or removal of portables, facilities falling into disrepair).

Co-located schools:

We define a co-located school to be a school that is located on the same campus or site as at least one other school. Generally, co-located schools each have exclusive use of some classrooms, offices, and possibly some other space on the site. They also often share facilities such as gyms, cafeterias, and athletic fields.