Press releases

Welcoming All Public School Students Back to School

Charter public schools are tuition-free, open to all, non-sectarian and non-profit public schools subject to the same state and national certification standards as traditional public schools. Washington’s 18 charter public schools serve 0.2% of public school students in our state FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2023Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 724-263-9826 WASHINGTON — The annual return to the classroom … Read More

Students at Charter Public Schools Get a Warm Welcome Back in Buildings

State’s Free, Public Options Continue to Adapt and Respond to Pandemic Challenges  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2021Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 206-702-5790 SEATTLE, WA — Back-to-school season is in full swing for the state’s sixteen charter public schools. Since August 18, Washington’s charter public schools have been warmly welcoming students back into buildings for in-person learning. As public schools, … Read More

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

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 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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2021Contact: Maggie Meyers at 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

Lummi Nation, Xwotqwem (Whatcom County) Teen Named A 30 Under 30 Changemaker

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2021Contact: Maggie Meyers at or (724) 263-9826 Bellingham, WA – A Lhaq Temish (Lummi Nation) tribal member, Kwastlmut (Sadie Olsen), who helped launch a new public charter school in Bellingham, Washington, has been named one of the  30 Under 30 Changemakers by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance). Kwastlmut (Sadie Olsen) is … Read More

Spokane International Academy Approved to Expand from K-8 to K-12

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2021Contact: Maggie Meyers at or (724) 263-9826 Spokane, WA – Yesterday, The Washington State Charter School Commission announced that it approved a grade-level expansion for Spokane International Academy (SIA), to grow from a K-8 to a K-12 program, starting in the 2021-22 school year. SIA is one of four charter public schools that the state Commission … Read More

State Commission Unanimously Approves Renewal of Four Washington Charter Public Schools, Cites a Track Record of Success

For Immediate Release | December 21, 2020Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 724.263.9826 Olympia, Wash. — Last Saturday, the Washington State Charter School Commission voted unanimously to renew contracts for all four of the Commission-authorized charter schools that were up for renewal, citing that all four met rigorous standards for positive student outcomes. The four schools are Rainier Prep, Spokane International Academy, Summit … Read More