ABOUT WASHINGTON CHARTER SCHOOLS
Charter schools are publicly funded, independent schools of choice. Though public, charter schools operates independently according to the terms of a performance contract or “charter.” Charter schools commit to meeting specific academic goals set by the Washington State Charter School Commission, but are free to make their own decisions about how to achieve those goals. If the goals are not met, the charter may be revoked and the school closed.
Because charter schools are independent from the district system, they have greater flexibility in the way they operate. They are free to:
In Washington State, all charter schools are operated by non-profit, public benefit corporations. Charter schools are non-religious and non-sectarian in their practices, and are open to all students, free of tuition.