Washington's Innovative Schools

Designated Existing Innovative Schools

Washington state has a history of supporting and creating innovative schools. In recognition of this, OSPI was directed in House Bill 1521 (2011 Session) to identify existing schools in Washington that have implemented "bold, creative, and innovative" ideas. The identified schools were to have high expectations for students and teachers, provide students with an array of educational options, and partner with parents and their communities.

As specified in the legislation, OSPI developed criteria and an application, and requested that applications be submitted in mid-October. A total of 42 completed applications were received. The applications were evaluated by a review panel that included two principals, a former school district superintendent, a regional Teacher of the Year, two STEM educators, and a representative from the Washington Education Association and OSPI. The panel reviewed the applications based on the criteria specified in the application and a scoring rubric.

The panel's recommendations were submitted to OSPI, and 22 schools were selected. Information about each of the designated schools is summarized below.

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School District Enrollment Year Began Grades Free/Reduced
Sarah J. Anderson Elementary Vancouver School District 735 2012 K-5 61%
10th Street School Marysville School District 168 1996 Middle 14%
Aviation High School Highline School District 419 2004 HS 21%
Bonney Lake High School Sumner School District 1427 2005 HS 27%
Brownsville Elementary Central Kitsap School District 436 2016 Elem 29.8%
Clover Park High School Clover Park School District 1175 2001 HS 67%
Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy Eatonville School District 195 2016   47.7%
Delta High School Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland School Districts 249 2009 HS 42%
East Valley Middle School East Valley School District (Spokane) 548 2016 Middle 54.4%
Eatonville Elementary Eatonville School District 379 2016 Elem 48.5%
Eatonville Middle School Eatonville School District 401 2016 Middle 41.6%
Garfield Elementary Toppenish School District 402 2016 Elem 93.3%
Helen B. Stafford Elementary Tacoma School District 443 2006 Elem 72%
Highline Big Picture Schools Highline School District 123 2005 7-12 63%
Kent Mountain View Academy Kent School District 358 1997 3-12 36%
Kent Phoenix Academy Kent School District 315 2007 HS 51%
Lincoln Center Tacoma Public Schools N/A 2008 HS N/A
Marysville Arts and Technology High School Marysville School District 367 2003 HS 40%
New Horizons High School Pasco School District 188 2006 HS 83%
Osborn Elementary Cascade School District 269 2008 3-5 56.1%
Pioneer Elementary Auburn School District 460 2003 PK-5 86.3%
Sammamish High School Bellevue School District 1089 2008 HS 39%
Science and Math Institute Tacoma Public Schools 139 2009 HS 43%
Sky Valley Education Center Monroe School District 867 1998 1-12 10%
Spokane Valley High School West Valley School District 113 2006 HS 44%
Summit School Central Valley School District 345 2004 K-8 24%
Tacoma School of the Arts Tacoma Public Schools 451 2001 HS 17%
TAF Academy Federal Way School District 238 2008 6-12 56.3%
Talbot Hill Elementary Renton School District 484 1993 Elem 47%
Thornton Creek School Seattle Public Schools 349 1974 Elem 11%
Three Rivers Homelink Richland School District 380 2012 K-12 17.6%
Vancouver iTech Preparatory Vancouver School District 320 2016 6-12 29.1%
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Vancouver School District 568 1997 6-12 20%
Washington Youth Academy Bremerton School District 140 2009 HS N/A


   Updated 5/10/2016

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