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Public Charter Schools

What are public charter schools?

Public charter schools are independently managed public schools, free and open to all students, just like traditional public schools, operated by qualified non-profits and overseen by a local school board or state commission. Public charter schools must meet the same academic standards as traditional public schools, and teachers are held to the same certification requirements as teachers in other public schools. 

Public charter schools are free from certain regulations, so they can innovate and create a learning environment that will best meet the needs of students. 

How are public charter schools funded?

Public charter schools receive funding based on student enrollment just like traditional public schools. The state funding follows the student to whichever school they choose to attend, so the funding stays within our public school system to serve public school students.  


Washington State Charter Schools Association -

The Washington State Charter Schools Association is a new non-profit dedicated to supporting the start-up of high-quality public charter schools, with a focus on serving at-risk populations and students who do not currently have access to high-performing schools.

State Charter School Commission

State Board of Education