Why nearly 1,000 families are clamoring to get into Spokane’s charter schools

Wilson Criscione:

“I wasn’t challenged at all,” Thompson, 15, tells the Inlander.

After hearing his friends rave about Innovation High School, a Spokane charter school connected to PRIDE Prep Middle School, he asked his mom, Crystal Benvenuti, if he could try to get in. After spending months on the waitlist, Thompson recently found out he’ll be attending Innovation in the fall.

Benvenuti says Innovation, which favors project-based and hands-on learning, is exactly what her son needs.

“This is so something he needs to be in, to be a part of this school,” says Benvenuti.