Upcoming Events

September 26, 2023

Welcome Back To School! [VIRTUAL]

Please join us for a 60-minute kick off to the beginning of the school year. This meeting will give you the opportunity to connect with other charter public school parents/caregivers across the state and learn more about our schools.
Register here.

September 26, 2023
October 4, 2023

Charter Public School Fair [IN-PERSON] 📍Tukwila Community Center

This fair is an opportunity to learn more about your free, public, and open-to-all elementary, middle, and high school options & apply for the 2024-25 school year! All families are welcome to attend!
Click here to download flyer.

Meet representatives from community charter public schools: Rainier Prep | Rainier Valley Leadership Academy | Summit Sierra | Summit Atlas | Impact Public Schools | Why Not You Academy

For more information about this event, please email JT at Jonthomas@wacharters.org

October 4, 2023
October 10, 2023

ADVOCACY 101– The In’s and Out’s of Legislative Session [VIRTUAL]

This workshop is to show you the inside workings of legislative session and how it functions. You will learn
about bill-to-law process, how to find your legislative district, how to contact legislators, and how to prepare for meeting with your legislator.
Register here.

October 10, 2023
October 11, 2023

How to Pay for College [IN-PERSON] 📍Spokane International Academy

Join us to learn about the different options to pay for college, ways to minimize costs, a forecast of costs,
and how to plan for college. Parents and students are encouraged attend this event together, but that is not required. This event is best suited for 10th grade and up.
Click here to download flyer.

Food will be provided at the event. To ensure there is enough, please click here to RSVP.
For more information about this event, please email Darcelina at Darcelina@wacharters.org.

October 11, 2023

Resource Library

Click the button below to get the facts about charter public schools and answers to some frequently asked questions:


What do our students lose over a summer?
Due to a lack of quality learning over the summer, students lose ground. On average, the impact is:

  • 2.6 months of math loss
  • 2 months of reading loss
  • 1 month of learning is lost
  • 6 wks. of re-learning old material in the fall

To not lose academic ground, students should do academic work for 2-3 hrs. per week to keep on track from June to September.



Ways to best support your scholar’s education

  • Your involvement helps support your scholar to make greater achievement
    • Set a timer weekly to check-in with your scholar on how they are doing and utilize any tools that your school supplies (PowerSchool, Google Classroom or connecting with teachers to get outstanding work info).
  • Building a relationship with your scholars’ teachers is very important.
    • Your teacher is the best connection to where your scholar is in their learning journey.
    • Be Proactive at the beginning of the school year in getting to know your teachers, school, and office staff. Email introduction is a good start, make sure there is a reply and hold the school accountable for replies.
    • Sharing information that can be helpful in the teacher getting to know your child: learning styles, barriers (anxiety, poor experiences in the past, etc).
    • Make sure to reach out to them if somethings not going well or you have questions (email for record)
  • Organizing
    • Put days off and events in your calendar under a different color for school stuff.
    • Have a family calendar that everyone can see to know what is going on.
    • The best organizing options are the ones that work for your student.  The way you organize may not work for your student- let them lead on this.
  • Support good attendance by trying to schedule appts outside of school time if possible.


2-7 yrs. Brain Development


8-10 yrs. Brain Development

Teenage Brain Development

Back to school transition and anxiety about school starting

Home | Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds What is the Office of Education Ombuds (OEO)? 

  • OEO was Founded by the state legislature in 2006 to support families in Washington state. 
  • OEO’s Mission: We work with families, communities, and schools to address problems together so that every student can fully participate and thrive in Washington’s K-12 public schools.  
  • Free, Confidential & Independent Resource 
    • Individual support with information and informal conflict resolution
    • Training and Outreach
    • Policy Work 

How to contact the Office of Education Ombuds (OEO)? 

Back to School with a 504/IEP 

  • The difference between a 504 and IEP 
    • Section 504 (of the Rehabilitation Act) 
      • Anti-discrimination law 
      • Definition of student with a disability is broad (any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity) 
      • Section 504 Plans generally list accommodations a student needs in school.
    • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”)
      • Special education law
      • Definition of child with a disability is more specific
      • IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) include areas of “Specially Designed Instruction” in addition to accommodations, related services, etc..

What Every Parent Needs to Know – Protecting the Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities (resource with info re: the IEP and 504 processes) 

Tips and Tools for Families – Prior Written Notice (PWN) 

All toolkits from OEO and other resources: https://www.oeo.wa.gov/en/about-us/publications-and-resources-families.

Learn how to support your child’s educational journey. Click on a topic to learn more!



Contact us if you have any questions or need support
Darcelina Soloria – Regional Advocacy & Organizing Manager (East)
JT Williams – Regional Advocacy & Organizing Manager (West)
Contact us if you have any questions or need support
Darcelina Soloria – Regional Advocacy & Organizing Manager (East)
JT Williams – Regional Advocacy & Organizing Manager (West)