How to Teach at Home
by Christina Yeager
The homeschooling laws for Washington are a bit more strict. Every state has the same basic set of laws for homeschooling. Ensuring the child’s safety, some sort of parent certification, etc. these are laws that you’ll find in pretty much every state. Washington has these laws only they are a little more enforced and require more effort to pursue homeschooling. Let’s jump right into the laws and regulations for Washington starting with the compulsory school attendance age.
Each state is the U.S. has a very specific set of regulations for homeschooling. If you are thinking about teaching your child at home, you'll need to know the ins and outs of what needs to be done beforehand and during. In this series, Homeschooling Regulations by State, we'll explore information to help with the decision, what to do to get started and what to do correctly to continue.
The regulations, laws and suggestions in this post may not reflect the needs for your particular situation. Not all apply to each individual family. To learn more about the laws and regulations in this state on homeschooling, click the link at the end of the post! This will direct you to the states’ Board of Education or government education site.
Compulsory School Age
The compulsory school attendance age is right years old or the age when a child is enrolled in a public school. This just means that if your child is older than eight and has been enrolled in public school, it is okay to withdraw them and start homeschool as long as you fill out the NOI. If your child is under eight and is enrolled in public school then you must formally withdraw them from the school, however, Washington doesn’t file a declaration of intent for children under the age of eight.
Some of the main parent qualifications include forty five quarter units of college level credit. Parents must also attend a parent qualifying course and meet with a certified teacher that will meet with the child every week for about an hour (a progress check). As a parent you must also need to get qualified by the superintendent of the local school district. This is to make sure that all parents are qualified and able to homeschool their children.
The required paperwork is pretty straightforward. You need a notice of intent (NOI) that has to be filed every year you continue to homeschool your child. The form is given to the superintendent of the school district you live in.
Eleven required subjects should be on every child’s curriculum list:
There is one major assessment that your child has to take every year. This is the Standardized Achievement Test. The test is designed to get a progress report on your child’s academic success.
For more detailed information on enrolling and instructing your child in the State of Washington, visit the Office of Superintendent website page.
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