Commission Authorized Schools

Below is a list of schools that have been authorized (and are operating) by the Washington State Charter School Commission. This list links to the individual schools’ websites. Please contact the individual schools directly for more information on curriculum and enrollment.

Ashé Preparatory Academy

Ashé Preparatory Academy’s mission is to cultivate the genius of a diverse population of students and prepare them to excel in high school, college, and career and to serve as leaders in, and for, their communities. In addition to a strong direct instruction approach, Ashé Prep guides students in completing interdisciplinary, standards-aligned projects and studies at every grade level, drawing on students’ own experiences to address real-world challenges. A culturally and community-responsive learning environment is the cornerstone of the Ashé Prep model, providing more equitable opportunities for academic success by building on students’ cultural strengths and social capital. Ashé Preparatory Academy’s vision is that all students and graduates know how to take action to shape their world.

  • Located in Skyway/Renton
  • Opening 2019
  • Will Grow to Serve Grades K-8

Cascade Public Schools

  • Proposed location in Midway
  • Opening in fall 2020

Catalyst Public Schools

  • Proposed location in Bremerton
  • Opening in fall 2020

Green Dot Public Schools

Green Dot Public Schools was founded in 1999 in direct response to the poor state of public high schools in the Los Angeles area. Green Dot’s original schools were purposefully located in some of California’s most under-served neighborhoods. The Commission noted in recommendations that Green Dot has strong curriculum and instructional design, with an emphasis on college preparatory work.

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

  • Located in Southeast Seattle
  • Currently Serving Grade 6-7 & 9

Impact Public Schools

The mission of Impact Public Schools is to prepare a diverse student population to succeed in college and impact communities as the next generation of equity-driven, innovative leaders.

Puget Sound Elementary

  • Located in Tukwila
  • Currently Serving Grades K-2

Salish Sea Elementary

  • Proposed location in South Seattle
  • Opening in fall 2020

Rainier Prep

Rainier Prep was formed by a Washington-based team led by veteran educator Maggie O’Sullivan, who has served as a teacher, a para, a coach, and a principal in public schools  throughout the Seattle area for over 15 years. Rainier Prep’s mission is to enroll every graduating eighth grade student into a college prep high school program, to prepare every scholar to excel at a four-year college, and, ultimately, to ensure that every scholar is ready to serve as a leader in their community.

  • Located in Seattle
  • Currently Serving Grades 5-8

Summit Public Schools

Summit Public Schools currently serves approximately 1,600 students from diverse communities in six schools located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ninety-six percent of Summit students are accepted to at least one four-year college or university, with graduates on track to complete college at double the national average. The Commission has noted Summit’s educational model in its recommendations, including its rigorous courses, creative teaching models, high-levels of school involvement and participation and a defined path to success for students.

Olympus

  • Located in Tacoma
  • Currently Serving Grades 9-12

Sierra

  • Located in Seattle
  • Currently Serving Grades 9-12

Atlas

  • Located in Seattle
  • Currently Serving Grades 6-7 & 9-10

Whatcom Intergenerational High School

  • Proposed location in Bellingham/Ferndale
  • Opening in fall 2020

Willow Public School

Designed to offer a more personalized experience for middle school students in Walla Walla, Willow Public School will use a project-based learning model to prepare students to be successful in honors and AP courses in high school, putting students on the path to success in college and career. With its approval, Willow Public School becomes the first charter school authorized by the Commission to open in Eastern Washington.

  • Located in Walla Walla
  • Currently Serving Grades 6-8