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

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

FUN FACT: Last year, students at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy exceeded their projected academic growth in Reading and Math – exceeding math projections by 250% based on nationally normed tests! ... See MoreSee Less

FUN FACT: In 2018, SOAR Academy experienced gap-closing success for 100% of kindergarteners in Math and 87% in reading! ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

FUN FACT: 100% of seniors at Summit Public Schools - Washington Sierra campus are taking at least 3 AP classes. Nationally, only 30% of high school seniors take an AP class! ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

There is nothing like curling up with a good book! Check out these Impact Public Schools kindergarteners flexing their reading muscles! 📚💪🏽📚💪🏾📚💪🏼 ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

Check out the Summit Olympus volleyball team vs. faculty! Some students were also celebrating senior night. They will be among the very first to graduate HS from a charter public school in Washington! ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Washington State Charter Schools Association

Many thanks to all those who attended our first ever Game Changers Breakfast this morning! We appreciate your unwavering support. Your commitment ensures that families have free, innovative, public school options, and will impact the 3,400 students currently attending charter public schools and many more students and families into the future. Hear more from students about their experiences at wacharters.org/blog/ ... See MoreSee Less

“I’ve had tremendous support in accomplishing my goals with help from my teachers, mentors and principal…At Summit Sierra, faculty believe in students even when students don’t believe in themselves.”

Spotlight Speaker Ashley Clark at the first annual Game Changers Breakfast. Ashley is a senior at Summit Public Schools - Washington Sierra campus. She will be one of the first charter public school graduates in Washington state.

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“All students deserve high-quality education that prepares them for college, career and life.”

Dr. Sullivan, founder of Ashé Preparatory Academy and Spotlight Speaker at the first annual Game Changers Breakfast.

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4 days ago

Washington State Charter Schools Association

Attendees of the first annual Game Changers Breakfast heard from Chief Executive Officer Patrick D’Amelio and Chief Program Officer Rekha Bhatt about major achievements at each Washington charter public school and plans for the future of the sector.

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

Welcomed by CEO Patrick D'Amelio, advocates, supporters, families, students and school staff celebrated the recent Washington State Supreme Court ruling in favor of charter public schools at the first annual Game Changers Breakfast!
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1 week ago

Washington State Charter Schools Association

Let the games begin! Chess season has kicked off at Spokane International Academy where a whopping 72 students--25% of the student body--participates! ♘♟️♔♛ ... See MoreSee Less

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