WASHINGTON STATE CHARTER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION
They advocate for and support high-quality charter public schools that meet the needs of Washington's under-served students.
To empower communities across the state with high-quality public schools for all students.
Community, Diversity, Excellence, Innovation, Partnership
WHO THEY ARE
They are a nonprofit organization that champions for better schools for the state's residents. They fight to protect existing public charters schools and advocate and support new public charter schools.
WA Charters is not the regulator and oversight agency for Washington State charter schools. The Washington State Charter School Commission fills that role. To learn more about how Washington charter schools are approved and overseen, please visit the Washington State Charter School Commission's website.
WA Charters is actively involved with helping us, Pullman Charter School Initiative (PSCI), establish Pullman Community Montessori (PCM) as a charter school.
They are funding the process for community outreach, research and applying for the charter. They are mentoring us to ensure we are designing the best school for our community.
WA Charters has accepted our own Laylah Sullivan into their 2019-2020 School Leadership and Design Fellowship (SLDF) program to aid in our mission to open a public Montessori school that is tuition free and open to all.
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND DESIGN FELLOWSHIP (SLDF)
The School Leadership and Design Fellowship is a selective program created by WA Charters, that facilitates the design, authorization and opening of top-notch public charter schools that meet the needs of under-served students.
The program is founded on the six design principles for public charter schools.
All Washington state public charter schools will:
Contribute to the healthy growth of the public education sector
Build on a firm foundation of exceptional teaching and strong leadership
Prioritize and focus on students first, through personalization and restorative practices that meet the social-emotional and academic needs of the student as a whole
Engage with their communities and its families to co-create solutions to ensure educational needs are being met
Dedicate themselves to preparing ALL of their students for success in their post-secondary options, ie. college
Be rooted in a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion on all levels of interaction (students, staff, families, aquaintances, teachers, board members, etc.
Laylah Sullivan is Pullman Community Montessori's Fellow - Meet your Fellow