Spokane's first charter school welcomes first students

Spokane's first charter school welcomes first students

SPOKANE, Wash. - School is in session for 172 students attending Spokane International Academy, the very first charter school in Spokane.

Students have come from all around Spokane County to attend the charter school, and teachers and staff have been working for nearly 16 months getting ready for Wednesday, the first day school is in session.

For teachers, finally seeing students sitting at desks is surreal.

"It feels like Christmas morning … it's fun to see the halls filled with kids, see them bustling around, it's been fun," head of School Travis Franklin said.

The building itself is no stranger to students. For 99 years prior to becoming Spokane International Academy it was home to St. Patrick's Catholic School. Now its been remodeled and reopened to fit the needs for the next generation of students.

"We have about 12 different districts represented in our enrollment pool," Franklin said.

Enrollment for next year is set to begin in October.