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?

Not sure where or how to start? Check out the resources below:

  • Watch our Charter Starter Webinar Series, linked below, to learn about essential topics in Washington school start-up.
  • Review the Washington State Charter School Commission’s website for the latest application timelines and materials.
  • Learn about the WA Charters School Leadership Program, a two-year incubation support program that guides teams through application writing and a planning year before opening their doors.
  • Apply to the WA Charters School Leadership Program. The deadline to apply to participate in our next cohort is May 1, 2017.
  • For more information, contact

Our Results

  • 100% of submitted applications supported by the Leadership Center have designed schools to serve historically impacted communities with models based on proven practices.
  • 100% of submitted applications supported by the Leadership Center have been authorized to open.

Charter Starter Webinar Series

Explore WA Charters’ webinar series on topics critical to any potential charter starter.

Session Link
1: Developing Your School’s Mission and Values View webinar here.
2: Building a Strong School, Staff and Student Culture View webinar here.
3: The Critical Role of Governance View webinar here.
4: Designing a High-Quality Academic Model View webinar here.
5: Finance and Fundraising Fundamentals View webinar here.
6: Facilities Fundamentals View webinar here.

Calling all South Puget Sound parents! Join us September 19 at Impact Public Schools - Information Session to learn more about an innovative, new public K-5 school coming to Tukwila in Fall 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

Get a sneak peak of Summit Atlas' awesome space, which will welcome its founding students in West Seattle next month! ... See MoreSee Less

A few weeks ago, Excel Public Charter School launched a weather balloon. Check out the balloon's awesome video footage from SPACE! Even cooler: Excel students will be using the data captured during the flight in an upcoming math class as part of their statistics unit! ... See MoreSee Less

Save the Date! Join us May 30 for a public forum for New Horizons, a prospective new charter school in South King County. ... See MoreSee Less

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