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WA Charters Announces New Co-Presidents, Starting July 1

The WA Charters Board of Directors is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2022, Rekha Bhatt, Haid Bloxham, and Natalie Hester will be stepping into the roles of Co-Presidents to lead WA Charters in our next chapter. The co-presidency model is an innovative approach that centers equity, disrupts the status quo, and actively works … Read More

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Our Statement on Summit Public Schools 2019-20 State Audit

WA Charters takes the audit findings around the issue of certification for 26 Summit public school teachers in 2019-20 very seriously. By law, charter public schools in WA are required to be staffed by certified teachers with the same limited exception that applies to all public schools. Summit was in process of applying for appropriate … Read More

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Our Statement on Summit Atlas’ Charter Renewal

WA Charters congratulates Summit Public Schools: Atlas on a renewal of its charter, which will enable Atlas to continue providing an outstanding public education for students in the West Seattle area.   The State Charter School Commission yesterday approved a two-year charter renewal for Summit Atlas, a charter public school that has been serving middle and … Read More

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Our Statement on Ukraine

Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine as they fight against Vladimir Putin’s deplorable invasion of their homeland. To the Ukrainian families in and beyond our charter public school sector: our hearts and minds are with you as you move through each day in fear for the lives of family members and friends … Read More

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Student Q&A with Kh’Merrion (KK), RVLA

KK is in the 10th grade at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy. We recently sat down with KK to learn more about her educational journey and experience at RVLA. What drew you to RVLA? I’ve been going to RVLA going on five years, since sixth grade. My mom found out about the school, and I went … Read More

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WA Charters: Our Values in Action – Aspiring Antiracism

The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) has four core values: Aspiring Antiracism, Cultural Humility, Educational Justice and Collaborative Partnerships.   In this series, we will explore how these values show up in our work.  Meet Bely (pronounced Bailey) Luu, Associate Director of School Development. She currently leads the Fundraising Learning Series, a monthly mini-lesson featuring a short video from … Read More

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Alum Spotlight: Christopher Intanam, Summit Sierra, Seattle

Chris Intanam believes that with time and dedication, he can excel at anything he puts his mind to. This 2021 Summit Sierra graduate is motivated by challenges, personal growth and discovering the joy in learning. Through the support he found at the school, Chris has been able to witness his own growth and develop new … Read More

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More students, more grades: Kitsap’s first charter school growing in its second year

Published here on the Kitsap Sun – Peiyu Lin Jessica Correa transferred her son from View Ridge Elementary School in Bremerton this fall, in search of an atmosphere that could offer both individual educational needs and a diverse student body.  Her son, fifth-grader Shaka Balasi, barely knew any other kids attending Catalyst Public Schools when the semester started on Aug. … Read More

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Meet Whatcom Intergenerational High School: Bellingham’s New Public Charter School

“With the opening of Whatcom Intergenerational High School, and the return to in-person learning, our community now has a new option that broadens opportunities to choose the kind of public education our children should have: A safe space for students to fully embrace who they are as they pursue their passions in learning.” – Marisa Garcia, … Read More

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Students at Charter Public Schools Get a Warm Welcome Back in Buildings

State’s Free, Public Options Continue to Adapt and Respond to Pandemic Challenges  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2021Contact: Maggie Meyers at maggie@wacharters.org or 206-702-5790 SEATTLE, WA — Back-to-school season is in full swing for the state’s sixteen charter public schools. Since August 18, Washington’s charter public schools have been warmly welcoming students back into buildings for in-person learning. As public schools, … Read More