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Good news for parents on the waitlist for Spokane International Academy

SPOKANE, Wash. – There’s some good news for parents across Spokane who are looking to get their kids into the city’s largest charter school. Spokane International Academy is getting ready to expand.  If you ask the teachers, parents, and kids at SIA, they’ll tell you, this is an entirely different kind of school. Students spend … Read More

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Spokane International Academy seeks expansion as charter school popularity grows in region

Hundreds of kids are on the waiting list to gain admission to Spokane International Academy, which is no surprise to the students and teachers in the city’s largest charter school. In Ashley Peak’s eighth-grade class, students are writing well-researched letters to The Spokesman-Review about the worldwide refugee crisis. Students in every grade are taking four … Read More

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Charter schools are having their moment in Spokane and the rest of the state

These are exciting times for charter schools. Spokane International Academy is preparing for a major expansion next year. Innovation High School won a nationwide STEM contest, and along with its sister school, PRIDE Prep, has a long waiting list. Next fall, downtown Spokane will be home to Lumen High School, a charter school for teenage parents … Read More

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Our Statement on Ashé Preparatory Academy

For Immediate Release | October 16, 2019 WA Charters CEO Patrick D’Amelio released the following statement, in response to the news of Ashé Preparatory Academy’s closure. “We were deeply troubled to learn that Ashé Preparatory Academy has suspended operations for the remainder of the school year. While we are saddened by this development, we respect … Read More

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Meet the Aspiring Leader: Louis Guiden

By Louis Guiden, WA Charters 2019 Aspiring Leader A Louisiana native, I’ve been in Seattle for 26 years. I came to the Northwest hoping to escape some of the realities of the South. I didn’t want to be held down by the racism I experienced growing up. I had dreams of attending a historically black … Read More

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A charter public school saved my life – and could change yours

By Karla Soto Mullins I was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, the fifth of eight children. My mother became a widow at a very young age, and when I was four years old, she had the opportunity to come to the United States so that she could provide a better life for us. However, it … Read More

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Meet the Aspiring Leader: Karla Soto Mullins

By Karla Soto Mullins, WA Charters 2019 Aspiring Leader I know first-hand that our country’s educational systems are profoundly inequitable. My own education was defined by inequities until I had the opportunity to attend a charter high school. That experience was truly life-changing. Because of my own charter school experience, when I heard that there … Read More