By Gwen Davis
The California-based Summit Public Schools (SPS) kicked off an info session Thurs. evening about the future of a potential West Seattle charter school opening in 2016.
The school would serve grades 6-12, with approximately 105 students per grade.
But it’s not a done deal, the facilitators noted at the beginning of the meeting.
"We in no way can promise we’re coming to West Seattle,” said Jen Wickens, chief regional officer of SPS and co-facilitator of the meeting. Charter schools must apply to the Washington State charter school organization, she said. There needs to be a community forum and capacity interview.
“But we made it happen with the first two schools [in and hopefully it will happen in West Seattle,” she said.
Wickens and her co-facilitator Greg Ponikvar, executive director of the expeditions program at SPS, opened the meeting with an introduction to the school’s model and mission.
“We don’t define college readiness as only getting into a four-year college,” Ponikvar said. “A lot of it is how can students be successful in life.”More ›