Who We Are

The Washington State Charter Schools Association is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for new and better schools and fights to protect existing public charter schools. We also provide resources and support to public charter schools and help them develop local leaders, innovators and teachers.

WA Charters Mission

We advocate for and support high-quality public charter schools that meet the needs of historically underserved students.


Our Vision

Empowered communities with high-quality public schools for all students


Our Core Values

Community, Partnership, High Expectations, Diversity, and Innovation


About Charter Schools in Washington

Charter schools first became possible in Washington after voters approved Initiative 1240 in November 2012, making Washington the 42nd state to have public charter schools. Since then, The Washington State Charter School Association (WA Charters) has been working with communities, nonprofit organizations, and families to grow high-quality public charter school options in our state.

Due to a glitch in that law, the state Supreme Court overruled it in September 2015. In April 2016, we welcomed in a new public charter school law with a fix to the funding glitch that the court found problematic. The new law allows for the creation of up to forty schools in five years.

We currently have eight high-quality public charter schools open across our state, and are working to help communities, particularly those who serve predominantly students from low-income households, develop additional schools in areas where there is great need and demand for additional high-quality K-12 educational options.

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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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