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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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