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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

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Graduate Spotlight: Kenadie Mullen and Corbin Mullen, Lumen High School, Spokane

Kenadie Mullen and Corbin Mead share two top priorities. The first is their son, Rowan. The second is graduating with a high school diploma. A couple of years ago, neither Kenadie nor Corbin thought high school graduation was in their future. They both dropped out of school to work supporting a newborn. But Lumen High … Read More

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Promising Practices Drive Progress: Closing Learning Gaps for Students with Disabilities

Georgia Heyward, Sean Gill June 2021 Many students started the 2020 school year a little behind academically, but students with disabilities have been especially impacted by the pandemic. With the added benefit of federal stimulus funds, we wanted to know: What can schools to do support students with disabilities as they start planning for next … Read More

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Our statement on Juneteenth becoming recognized as a national holiday

Today we recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Making the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved people a federal holiday does not take away from the pain and trauma inflicted on Black Americans. At the same time, this formal acknowledgment of Juneteenth is an important step towards honoring and giving space to reflect on and … Read More

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Senior Spotlight: Ashly Lopez Escober, Summit Atlas, West Seattle

Ashly Lopez Escober moved to the United States from Honduras just six years ago. Becoming a founding student at a high school and creating a culture of collaboration for future students wasn’t part of her plan. As she prepares to study biochemistry at the University of Washington, that’s exactly what she’s accomplished. With a fierce … Read More

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In-Person Ceremony for First Graduating Class of West Seattle’s First Charter Public High School; Virtual Ceremonies for Charter Public Schools in Seattle and Tacoma

FOR PLANNING PURPOSESContact: Maggie Meyers at maggie@wacharters.org or 206-702-5790 Puget Sound, Wash. — Summit Atlas, a middle and high school that launched in 2017, is celebrating its first cohort of graduates with an in-person ceremony on June 10. Summit Public Schools’ two other charter high schools in the state—Summit Olympus in Tacoma and Summit Sierra in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District—will … Read More

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In-Person Ceremonies for First Graduating Class of Spokane’s Charter Public High Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2021Contact: Maggie Meyers at maggie@wacharters.org or 206-702-5790 Spokane, Wash. – The inaugural students from Spokane’s charter public high schools are graduating in in-person ceremonies this month. After making history as the first charter public high school students in Spokane, graduating seniors will again make history as they celebrate their accomplishments and receive their high school … Read More

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Senior Spotlight: Esther Mumbi, Summit Atlas, West Seattle

While COVID-19 brought an unexpected change to her senior year, Summit Atlas senior Esther Mumbi took the shift to virtual school in stride. In fact, this last year has only strengthened Esther’s drive to enter the healthcare field and work towards ending what she recognizes as another pandemic — social and economic inequality. Next year, … Read More

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Senior Spotlight: Jayla Foster, Summit Atlas, West Seattle

Jayla Foster had a tough start to high school, attending three different schools and ultimately repeating her sophomore year. When she reached Summit Atlas, a new public charter school in its second year, Jayla found her stride. Embraced by a supportive school community, she uncovered her passion and voice as a student leader, ultimately becoming … Read More

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Celebrating AAPI Leaders and Cultures in the WA Charter Sector

By Rekha Bhatt, Senior Vice President, Programs and Bely Luu, Associate Director of School Development at WA Charters As two Asian-American women, daughters, moms, and leaders in the Washington state charter public school sector, we know firsthand the richness, beauty, and power that the vast spectrum of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) identities encompass. … Read More