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Our Statement on Gun Violence Buffalo and Uvalde

This month, we have collectively witnessed two more hateful, tragic, and completely avoidable acts of terror, with the targeted killing of ten innocent Black people in Buffalo, New York, and today, with the killing of at least 19 innocent elementary school children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts break … Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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