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Washington Charters statement on the November 2020 Election

We know that many of you are processing the election results in different ways. While each election has a winner and a loser, this election has been particularly difficult and divisive. There are students and families who have been deeply worried about what this election means for themselves, their loved ones, and their friends and … Read More

A New and Different School Year: How Washington’s Charter Public Schools Are Prepared to Go Remote for Fall 2020

The 2020-21 school year is upon us, and the state’s 12 charter public schools are fully launched and serving students remotely, including three new schools to the sector: Catalyst Public School: Bremerton, Lumen High School in Spokane, and Impact | Salish Sea Elementary south of Seattle. Last spring, we witnessed a nationwide scramble to keep … Read More

From in person to online: See how charter schools made the switch

“Our school very fluidly moved into virtual school,” said Ayanna L. Gore, Executive Director at Summit Sierra. “Being a school that’s already one-to-one computers, our curriculum already being online and having a platform, we had the tools available and we spent a lot of time supporting our students socially, emotionally and academically.”’ Free, public, and … Read More

Kitsap’s first charter school opens amid the pandemic

BREMERTON — This wasn’t how Amanda Gardner and Tatiana Epanchin pictured opening Kitsap County’s first charter school. Catalyst Public Schools will launch its inaugural year on Sept. 8 with all remote learning, a move that all other public schools in Kitsap and North Mason counties have adopted to curb transmission of COVID-19 on the advice of public … Read More

College Bound in 2020: Summit Charter Schools Deliver College-Preparatory Programs That Work, Even During COVID-19

Founding Summit Summit Public Schools was founded 17 years ago by a passionate group of parents who believed that zip codes and test scores should not determine who is ‘successful’ after high school. Established first in California, Summit has grown to include three charter public schools in Washington – high schools Summit Olympus in Tacoma … Read More

From in person to online: See how charter schools made the switch

“Our school very fluidly moved into virtual school,” said Ayanna L. Gore, Executive Director at Summit Sierra. “Being a school that’s already one-to-one computers, our curriculum already being online and having a platform, we had the tools available and we spent a lot of time supporting our students socially, emotionally and academically.”’ Free, public, and … Read More

Q+A With Dr. John Scott

Dr. John Scott joined the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) Team in June 2020 as the organization’s first Chief Equity Officer. In the interview, below, Dr. Scott reflects on his own anti-racism journey and what he envisions for the role in the months and years ahead. WA Charters (WAC): Hi, John! It’s so … Read More