Charter School Authorization
Charter schools are a type of public school, approved and overseen by a state or district authorizer. In Washington, there is a statewide authorizer, the Washington State Charter School Commission. Spokane Public Schools is currently the state’s only district authorizer, and oversees Spokane's two -- and soon to be three -- charter schools.
SPS measures accountability for each charter school using three frameworks:
Like all public schools, charter schools do not charge tuition, they are open to all students, and they are publicly funded. Learn more about charter schools from the Washington State Charter Schools Association.
State law requires charter authorizers to submit an annual report to the State Board of Education:
Lumen High School application approved
Lumen High School will open its doors to students in August 2020. This school has a specific mission to serve pregnant teens and teen parents, with wraparound health services and a childcare center onsite. School founder Shauna Edwards has spent the last 10 years dedicated to working with this special population of students and now has the ability to create a school environment to meet their unique needs.
SPS-authorized charter schools