Innovative Charter Schools
According to The National Charter School Study 2013, charter school students are surpassing those in traditional public schools in reading gains and keeping pace in math. In particular, students of color and those from low-income households have had even greater gains.
In recent years, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation with other investors and civic advocates to help create high-quality public charter school options for families. Here are some examples of the programs we have supported:
Delta High School is a small, public school for students living in Washington State's Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco School Districts. At Delta, students are brought together from a variety of backgrounds to create one collaborative community. Delta is focused on project-based learning in science, technology, engineering and math. Opened in 2009, Delta was fully enrolled with roughly 400 students in 2012.
The Washington State Charter Schools Association is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports the start-up of high-quality public charter schools, with a focus on serving academically and economically disadvantaged communities.