(I spoke to Spokane School district - the only school district authorizer in the state - and they received three letters of intent. They say they have one unused building in their district currently so that may be up for grabs among the three applicants, if they follow thru on applying.)
I would be surprised if half of the letters of intent applicants follow-thru, given the heavy lift that is the charter application. So I'm guessing there will be about 16 applications for 8 charters.
Newest entries to the Charter Commission:
- Bilingual Charter Academy (PDF) - K-8, Clark County, bilingual in Russian
- CAL Elementary (PDF) - K-5, Seattle (but the person starting it is from Ohio)
- Excel Public Charter School (PDF) - Kent, grades 6-12
- Finnish First (PDF) - grades 1-12, Yakima, not dual-language but they want to use the Finnish method of education
- Inspire Developmental Education Academy (PDF) location unclear, K-5, Spanish dual language
- King County Academy (PDF)- K-8, Seattle
- Out of the Box Learning Studio (PDF), Seattle/South King, grades 5-12
- Path to Success (PDF), Longview, K-12,
- Rainier Prep (PDF), Highline, grades 5-8
- Sports in Schools Team Charter (PDF), Seattle, grades 10-12
- Tacoma Preparatory Academy (PDF), Tacoma, grades 9-12
- The Education Academy of Washington (PDF), cyber-charter, K-12
- Washington STEM (PDF, Seattle, K-12 (applicant is from California)
Because the one-paragraph requirement, you don't get a real feel for these schools. The most intriguing for sure is the Finnish First one.
The majority of the letters say they intend to start Fall 2014 with a handful in Fall 2015 (including Green Dot and the Summit high schools). There appear to be no true conversion schools in any of the Charter Commission batch of letters.