• Twelve organizations file letters of intent to open charter schools in 2015

    By: Natasha Chen


    SEATTLE - Twelve organizations have electronically filed letters of intent to the Washington Charter School Commission, stating they would like to apply to open charter schools in 2015. More applicants may have submitted letters by mail, as long as they did so with a June 13 postmark.

    Five of the 12 applied to open charter schools during the first round of applications last year. They are: Sunnyside Charter Academy, Evergreen State Leadership Academy, The Village Academy, Coral Academy of Science and Out of the Box Learning Studio. None of them were accepted in the previous application round.

    This is the list of where the 12 groups intend to apply for schools:

    Clark County:

    Bilingual Charter Academy 

    Franklin County:

    SOMOS, Educational Institute

    Grays Harbor County:

    Pioneer Youth Corps of Oregon Inc., Evergreen Leadership Academy

    King County:

    Big Picture Learning, Out of the Box Learning Studio Green Dot Public Schools Washington State, Seattle Charter School Quantum Leap Educational Foundation, Coral Academy of Science

    Pierce County:

    Achievement Peaks Schools, Achievement Peaks Charter School Auauna Mo Tupulaga, Tacoma Preparatory Academy The Ducere Group, The Village Academy Northwest Leadership Academy, Tacoma STEM Academy

    Yakima County:

    Academy of Continuing Education, Cesar E. Chavez Charter School Charter Schools of Sunnyside, Sunnyside Charter Academy

    Washington’s first charter school, First Place Scholars, will open in Seattle in the fall. Seven other schools were approved previously, but those organizations took an extra year to plan for opening.

    In the new round of applications, the state can approve up to eight new charter schools to open as early as fall 2015. Even though a dozen organizations have submitted letters of intent Friday, not all may end up submitting full applications, which are due in July.

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