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Published: May 3, 2022

Just like established public schools, charter and tribal schools are subject to public audit. In the 2020-21 school year, Washington’s charter and tribal schools served more than 5,600 students. SAO audits the public funding that each type of school receives.

Recent audits of tribal schools have found that they keep records to support revenue and expenditures, and that they have quickly implemented audit recommendations.

Charter schools in Washington began serving students in the 2014-15 school year. Recent audits of charter schools have found that school personnel are still learning about Washington’s legal requirements. Seven new charter schools have opened for the 2021-22 school year. Based on SAO audits, some key areas of continued focus for the charter schools include:

  • Documenting and reporting requirements for student enrollment
  • Keeping straightforward records to show schools are separating public and private transactions and maintaining supporting documentation
  • Identifying public assets and tracking them
  • Following meeting requirements under the Open Public Meetings Act, including maintaining meeting minutes, and approving expenditures in a timely manner
  • Employing Washington certificated instructors and ensuring they are keeping their certifications current

SAO continues to encourage charter schools to work closely with their authorizer to ensure they comply with their charter contracts and receive relevant guidance to comply with Washington laws.

CHARTER SCHOOLS, AT A GLANCE: 2020-21 school year: 12 charter schools served 3,640 students

School locationsLocationGradesStudents
Green Dot Rainier Valley Leadership AcademySeattle6th – 11th164
PRIDE PrepSpokane6th – 12th704
Rainier PrepSeattle5th – 8th344
Spokane International AcademySpokaneK – 8th599
Summit Schools OlympusTacoma9th – 12th196
Summit Schools SierraSeattle9th – 12th375
Summit Schools AtlasSeattle6th – 12th465
Innovation (Willow) Public SchoolsWalla Walla6th – 8th56
Impact Public Schools-Puget Sound ElementaryTukwilaK – 3rd409
Impact Public Schools-Salish Sea ElementarySeattleK – 1st125
Lumen High SchoolSpokane9th – 12th37
Catalyst Public SchoolsBremertonK – 1st, 5th – 6th166

TRIBAL SCHOOLS, AT A GLANCE: 2020-21 school year: 7 tribal schools served 1,997 students

School locationsLocationGradesStudents
Chief Kitsap AcademySuquamish Tribe, Suquamish6th – 12th89
Chief Leschi SchoolsPuyallup Tribe, PuyallupK -12th556
Lummi Nation SchoolsLummi Nation, BellinghamK – 12th398
Muckleshoot Tribal SchoolMuckleshoot Tribe, AuburnK – 12th556
Quileute Tribal SchoolQuileute Tribe, La PushK – 12th130
Wa He Lut Indian SchoolOlympiaK – 8th140
Yakama Nation Tribal SchoolYakama Nation, Toppenish8th – 12th128
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