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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

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Meet Why Not You Academy: Des Moines’ New Public Charter School

“We’ve always held the belief that life’s successes start with a good education, but recognize that access isn’t always created equally for all. This school is a longtime dream of ours and it was important for us to find a way to combine traditional classroom learning with community and mentorship-based activities, in order to prepare … Read More

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Meet Pullman Community Montessori: Pullman’s New Public Charter School

With the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to have the education that works best for them, Pullman Community Montessori (PCM) is launching Pullman’s first charter public school, and the state’s first Montessori charter model. Relying on over 100 years of best practices, PCM teachers serve as learning guides while trained instructional assistants support … Read More

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Meet Impact | Commencement Bay Elementary: Tacoma’s New Public Charter School

“As the first day of school gets closer, my anticipation heightens because we have wonderful scholars and families and an amazing team.” — Chassity Hutchins, Vice Principal of Impact | Commencement Bay Elementary Opening its doors in Tacoma this August, Impact | Commencement Bay Elementary (I|CBE) is the newest Impact Public School in Washington. As … Read More

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Meet Pinnacles Prep: Wenatchee’s New Public Charter School

Designed with and for the community, Pinnacles Prep is devoted to serving middle and high school scholars in the Wenatchee Valley with collaborative and place-based learning opportunities. Pinnacles Prep aims to develop the leaders driving Wenatchee Valley’s future by equipping scholars with the knowledge, skills, mindsets, and connections needed to be college, career, and community … Read More

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Summer Family Resource Page

Summer is in full gear and for many parents, that means even more juggling than usual. We at WA Charters, have put our heads together and crowdsourced some hot tips on summer activities and resources in different areas: Seattle Public Library  King County Public Schools Technology Resource Centers ACE Academy PACE Coyote Central Seattle Housing … Read More