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.

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, one of our country’s greatest advocates for education and civil rights.

We are proud to see his legacy alive in charter public school students and classrooms across the state.

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King Jr.
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Congrats to Impact Public Schools on a great event with founding families and students! ... See MoreSee Less

Only one day left until 2018! This is your last chance to give your year-end, tax-deductible gift to the Washington State Charter Schools Association and give a life-changing gift of education. wacharters.org/give/ ... See MoreSee Less

SHARE: Read our new blog post to learn how from starting the school to welcoming students every morning, Rainier Prep Public Charter School is building a school culture focused on community and student engagement. wacharters.org/every-day-rainier-prep-ritual-community-engagement/ ... See MoreSee Less

We are currently accepting applications for our School Leadership and Design Fellowship that supports diverse leaders realize their goal of opening a charter public school in Washington state.

Learn more on this webinar about how we can help you open a high-quality public school in Washington goo.gl/zUkard
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Meet Kai. He’s getting a great education at a charter public school.

"I'm in 2nd grade at Spokane International Academy. I love my school because of my science club and all the fun things we learn and do there. At SIA we have Spanish starting in kindergarten. My teachers are very nice and help me learn."

With your support, we can help more schools like Kai's open, and more students like Kai get a world-class education. A gift of any size is meaningful and will make a difference for children in Washington state. wacharters.org/give/
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For thousands of children in Washington State, a high-quality education is out of reach. Washington is home to startling - and increasing - educational inequities for children from low-income communities, children with special needs, and children of color.

We can change this by providing our children with high-quality charter public school options that show what's possible when innovation meets accountability.

Challenge inequity and support innovation by giving to WA Charters this #GivingTuesday. wacharters.org/give/
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