Press releases

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

Rooted School Unanimously Approved to Open Game-Changing Charter Public High School in Vancouver, Washington

For Immediate Release | December 21, 2020Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 724.263.9826 Washington State Charter School Commission Authorizes Opening in Fall 2022  December 21, 2020—Olympia, WA— Last Thursday, the Washington State Charter School Commission unanimously authorized Rooted School to open a charter public high school in Vancouver, WA in fall 2022.  This will be the third school in the … Read More

First ever Why Not You Academy launched in Washington

For Immediate Release | October 28, 2020Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 724.263.9826 Des Moines, WA – Today, the Why Not You Foundation announced, alongside founders Russell Wilson and Ciara, the launch of the first-ever Why Not You Academy in Washington state, just south of Seattle. Opening in Fall 2021, the new high school is a partnership … Read More

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

For Immediate Release | August 27, 2020Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 724.263.9826 Seattle WA. —The 2020-21 school year is upon us, with six of the state’s 12 charter public schools already fully launched and serving students. All 12 charter public schools operating across the state will begin their school year remotely, including three new … Read More

State Commission Authorizes Four New Charter Public Schools

For Immediate Release | June 25, 2020 Contact: Nathan Wilson at or 316.250.2751 Seattle, WA—Today, the Washington State Charter School Commission voted to approve four new charter public schools: Pinnacles Prep in the Wenatchee Valley, Pullman Community Montessori in Pullman, and two new Impact Public School locations in Renton and Tacoma. The newly approved schools are set to launch in Fall 2021. Pinnacles Prep and … Read More

New Report Finds Washington’s Charter School Law Ranks Third Nationally

For Immediate Release | January 27, 2020 CONTACT | Maggie Meyers, or 724.263.9826 SEATTLE, WA — Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) released its annual state-by-state ranking of charter school laws, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, Eleventh Edition. Washington ranked third in the nation for the third year running, topped only … Read More

Our Statement on Ashé Preparatory Academy

For Immediate Release | October 16, 2019 WA Charters CEO Patrick D’Amelio released the following statement, in response to the news of Ashé Preparatory Academy’s closure. “We were deeply troubled to learn that Ashé Preparatory Academy has suspended operations for the remainder of the school year. While we are saddened by this development, we respect … Read More