Thirty-one parent and community groups seek approval to open charter schools in Washington

October 27, 2013

Last week, Tuesday, October 22nd, was the preliminary deadline for parents, teachers, school principals and other community groups who wish to open a charter public school.  Because the required Notices of Intent had to be postmarked Tuesday, it wasn’t until Friday the state commission realized the full extent of the public’s pent-up interest.  By Friday, twenty-eight groups had filed notices with the state commission, and 3 additional groups had filed their notices with Spokane Public Schools. This makes a total of thirty-one groups as of June 26th, with the possibility remaining that the U.S. Postal Service will deliver a few more this week.

Washington’s new charter school law allows only 8 charter schools to open a year; 40 charter schools over a five-year period. Now, before even one charter school has opened, plans to open charter schools across the state are well under way, from Seattle to Yakima, and from Longview to Spokane.

Below is the list of the twenty-eight groups that have notified the state commission of their plans to submit a charter school application.  When the information is available, I will add the 3 groups who filed with Spokane Public Schools. Their applications are due November 22nd.

This inaugural list of 31 charter school prospects illustrates the variety of choices and possibilities that will be made available to parents as a result of Washington’s new charter school law.  These schools represent a wide array of diverse approaches to the challenge of educating children, especially disadvantaged and at-risk children, including the most cutting-edge of uses of technology and other successful practices in education. 

This report is part of WPC’s Initiative 1240 Follow Up Project.

Community

Name of School

Students Served

School model

Yakima

Academy of Continuing Education Caesar Chavez Charter School

K-8th grades

Dual language

Clark County

Bilingual Charter Academy

K-8th grades

Language immersion, Arts, Math and Science, Bilingual ELL

Seattle

CAL Academy

K-5th grades

College prep, Math and Reading

Enumclaw

Cedar River Academy

PreK-8th grades

Alternative, STEM, College Prep

Kent

Excel Public Charter School

6th- 12th grades

College Prep, STEM

Seattle

E.Y.E. Academy

6th-12th grades

Alternative, STEM

Yakima

Finnish First

1st-12th grades

Finland educational model, Career and Technical, Disability

Seattle

First Place School

K-5th grade

Arts, Blended Learning, STEM, Stabilizing Children with Extreme Trauma

Tacoma

Green Dot Public Schools

6th- 8th grades

College Prep

Sunnyside

Inspire Developmental Education Charters

K-5th grades

English Language Learners, Disability, Language Immersion

Toppenish

International Tech. and Educ. Institute

PreK-12th grades

Alternative, Arts, STEM, Special Needs,  Language Immersion, Online Learning, College Prep, Vocational

Seattle

King County Academy

K-8th grades

Core Knowledge, Direct Instruction

Seattle, South King County

Out of the Box Learning Studio

5th- 12th grades

Alternative, Arts, Blended Learning, Career and Technical, College Prep, STEM

Longview, Cowlitz

Path to Success

K-12th grades

Blended Learning

Spokane Valley

Pioneer School

K-4th grades

Highly Capable

Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston Counties

Evergreen State Leadership Academy/ Pioneer Youth Corps

6th-12th grades

Military prep

Seattle, Tacoma

Coral Academy of Science/ Quantum Leap

K-12th grades

College Prep, STEM

Highline

Rainier Prep

5th- 8th grades

College Prep, STEM

Tacoma

SOAR Academy

K-8th grades

Arts, Blended Learning, College Prep

Seattle

Sports in Schools Team Charter

10-12th grades

Sports based youth development model

Tacoma

Summit Public Schools: Olympus

9th-12th grades

College Prep, Blended Learning

Seattle

Summit Public Schools: Sierra

9th-12th grades

College Prep, Blended Learning

Sunnyside

Sunnyside Charter Academy

K-8th grades

Blended Learning, STEM

Tacoma

Tacoma Preparatory Academy

9th-12th grades

Arts, Blended Learning, Career and Technical, College Prep, Language Immersion, STEM

Statewide

The Education Academy of Washington

K-12th grades

Blended Learning, Virtual, Distance learning

Joint Base Lewis McChord area

The Village Academy/Ducere Group

PreK-8th grades

Alternative, Arts, Blended Learning, Disability, Language Immersion, Virtual

Seattle

Washington STEM

K-12th grades

Blended Learning

Yakima

Yakima Academy/Por Vida

PreK-12th grades

Alternative

Comments

Charter School

You posted this on my birthday! I am very much interested in working for a charter school. I am a quadrilingual (French (native)/German/Spanish, and of course fluent in English) WA K-12 certified foreign language educator with 21 years of experience teaching (and 41 years of learning) foreign languages. Please contact me if you are interested or have leads for me.
Thank you for the information. I just heard about the Solutions Summit in Bellevue on November 13 on the radio and found your website. I don't know if I can be there, but I am also interested in the Washington Policy Center in general.