Press releases

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

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