School Incubation

WA Charters believes that leaders and educators are the cornerstone to effective schools. Our leaders work in partnership with communities to design high-quality school models in order to dramatically impact the lives of children, families and communities in Washington. We build partnerships with universities, school districts, charter management organizations, other nonprofits and education experts to fuel Washington’s first charter public schools and the broader public education system.

Interested in Founding a Charter Public School?

Bringing to life a core part of WA Charters’ Theory of Action, the School Leadership and Design Fellowship is a selective program that facilitates the design, authorization and opening of high-quality charter public schools that meet the needs of systemically underserved students. Rooted in the belief that great leaders create great schools, the Fellowship is Phase I of an intensive set of supports and grants designed to help diverse leaders realize their goal of opening a charter public school in Washington.

The program has three financially supported phases. If your team is selected for the Fellowship and authorized to open, it is eligible for subsequent competitive grants and supports. More information on benefits, grants and supports for each phase can be found here.

Our Results

  • 100% of submitted applications supported by our Fellowship program have designed schools to serve systemically impacted communities with models based on proven practices.
  • 100% of submitted applications supported by our Fellowship program have been authorized to open.

Resources for Charter Starters

To stay on top of their game, the Seattle Sounders show up at practice EVERY DAY ready to work. School is the same. If a student misses even a couple of days each month, they could miss out on critical learning, making it hard for them to catch up. #SchoolEveryDay #AttendTodayAchieveTomorrow ... See MoreSee Less

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Chronic absence is easily hidden by school attendance statistics. Even in a school with 95% daily attendance, 30% of the student population could be chronically absent. 😲 Do your part to make sure students #SchoolEveryDay! #AttendTodayAchieveTomorrow ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

Check out founding students at Impact Public Schools, hard at work on their laptops during week three! #backtoschool #charterschools #waedu ... See MoreSee Less

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✏️ 📚 Welcome #backtoschool Rainier Valley Leadership Academy 7th graders! Enjoy your #firsdayofschool! #waedu #wacharters 🎒💻 ... See MoreSee Less

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