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 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

We are excited to share Superintendent Reykdal’s address to special educators in our state. Through the leadership of Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Glenna Gallo, OSPI is prioritizing inclusive practices in its special education priorities for the upcoming legislative session. These priorities are aligned to our sector’s mission to ensure every student is served.

We are pleased that OSPI has encouraged perspectives from the charter sector as they develop their strategic plan for special education.
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ICYMI: A recent study by CRPE - Center on Reinventing Public Education report shows that #Washington charter public schools are setting the bar high and serving special education students at a higher rate than district public schools.

Read more here: bit.ly/2nrwyVO
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Find out what it's like inside of Washington's charter public schools, where teachers can customize curriculum for different learning styles and give students the personal attention they need to succeed. ... See MoreSee Less

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