Press releases

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

Spokane International Academy Finds New Facility for Primary and Middle School

For Immediate Release | September 26, 2019 Spokane International Academy (SIA) announced that it has found a new facility to bring their two campuses together. Located on East Magnesium Road in Spokane, the building is nearly 100,000 square feet and will enable the growing charter school to unite their two campuses. The anticipated move in … Read More

Back to School Season in Full Swing for Washington’s Charter Public Schools

For Immediate Release | Thursday, August 28, 2019 Contact | Maggie Meyers at or (724) 263-9826 Seattle, WA—The 2019-20 school year has officially kicked off at most of the state’s charter public schools. This year, ten charter public schools statewide will serve approximately 3,500 students. For the sector’s most veteran schools, this year marks the fifth year of … Read More

Four Washington Schools Join Prestigious NewSchools Venture Fund Cohort to Reimagine K-12 Learning

For Immediate Release | Monday, July 1, 2019 CONTACT | Maggie Meyers, or 724.263.9826 NewSchools Funding and management assistance will fuel efforts to launch new, innovative school models Seattle, WA—The Washington State Charter Schools Association, in partnership with our member schools, is proud to announce that four charter public schools, all on track to … Read More

Lumen High School Approved to Open Charter Public High School for Teen Parents in Spokane

For Immediate Release | Friday, June 28, 2019 CONTACT | Maggie Meyers, or 724.263.9826 Spokane, WA—On June 26th, Spokane Public Schools approved Lumen High School to open a charter public school that seeks to serve teen parents and their young children in Spokane. Lumen is the third charter public school to be authorized by … Read More

Newest Cohort of School Leadership and Design Fellows Announced

For Immediate Release | Wednesday, June 11, 2019 CONTACT | Maggie Meyers, or 724.263.9826 Four Groups Begin a Journey to Open New, Rigorous, Equity-Focused Charter Public Schools Across Washington in 2021 and 2022 Seattle—Today, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) announced it has chosen a new cohort for the School Leadership and … Read More

Our Statement on Green Dot Destiny and Excel Public Charter School Closure Announcement

For Immediate Release | June 7, 2019 The Green Dot Public Schools Washington’s Board of Directors voted to close two of its schools at the end of the current school year: Destiny Middle School in Tacoma and Excel Public Charter School in Kent. Both of these schools experienced significant struggles tied closely to low student … Read More

State Commission Authorizes Four New Charter Public Schools

For Immediate Release | May 30, 2019 Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 724.263.9826 New Free, Public Options for King, Kitsap, and Whatcom Communities Seattle, WA—Today, the Washington State Charter School Commission voted to approve four new charter public schools: Cascade Public Schools in South King County, Catalyst Public Schools in Bremerton, Impact Public Schools … Read More