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.
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.