If you homeschool in Washington state, be sure to know the laws and what you are getting yourself into. What are the requirements?
If you’re living in Washington and you are planning to homeschool your children, there are a few homeschooling laws in Washington state that you’ll need to be aware of in order to be legal.
In order to qualify for homeschooling you’ll need to notify your local school district of your intent to homeschool. A from is required to be filled out including your child’s name, age and your name and address.
You will then submit this form to the local school district. You’ll also need the information here so that the school district knows what your plans are. Any child not in public school by age 8 should have these forms on file with the local school district.
This form keeps the school from being in trouble if your child is not in attendance. It also protects you and your child from truancy laws.
You’ll need to either have 45 quarter units of college level credits, go through a homeschooling group or attend a parents qualifying course. You could also work with a certified teacher who meets said requirements.
When considering homeschooling laws in Washington state you’ll need to keep track of the hours your child is doing school work so that you can prove your child is receiving the required number of hours of education. You’ll also need to keep track of attendance on a daily basis.
Homeschooled students have all of the same opportunities of public school students. Any homeschooled student may still participate in any public school class offerings including sports, music, drama and similar classes. Homeschool instruction can be part time or full time as long as the information is on file with the local school district.
Homeschooling laws in Washington state stipulate that children should learn 11 required subjects but these can be rolled together into one or two subjects such as a unit in science requiring reading, history and health of a species.
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