Washington State Homeschool Laws From A to Z
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In this article, we explain the Washington State home school laws and help you start homeschooling, no matter if it's the beginning or middle of the year! To help you educate your child at home successfully, DoNotPay also offers nifty guides to gather info regarding different aspects of homeschooling, such as:
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To start homeschooling your child in Washington State legally, you should meet the following requirements:
|Washington State Homeschooling Requirements||Details|
|Qualifications to homeschool||
|Letter of intent to homeschool||
|Homeschool hours||Your child should have at least 1,000 homeschool hours (or 180 days) annually|
|Homeschool subjects||Teach these mandatory homeschool subjects:
Another requirement for homeschooling is to keep records, such as:
- Immunization records
- Assessment report or a student's test scores for each school year
- Educational and instructional activities records
These records should be a part of your homeschool portfolio. Aside from that, your portfolio should include:
- Curriculum you use
- Student’s work and completed assignments
- Field trip records
If your child or a homeschooled student wants to obtain a homeschool diploma, you will have to determine whether they fulfilled the graduation requirements. You can create high school transcripts and assign credits to individual courses your child completed.
Homeschool students aren’t required to participate in a graduation test, but homeschoolers between 16 and 18 can take the GED test. Homeschooled students have to submit the notarized letter of eligibility to participate in the GED test.
Washington State allows you to choose the curriculum that fits your teaching skills and your child’s needs. You will be able to combine different methods and select materials from various resources, such as:
- Local public school resources
- Online resources
- Other homeschooling parents
- Museums, libraries, and other educational institutions within your community
If you’re withdrawing your child from school, you might get overwhelmed with all of the requirements. That is why many parents in Washington State join homeschooling support groups and co-ops. This is a great way to learn more about homeschooling processes from someone with experience, get the support you need, and even make new friends.
Here are some of the homeschooling groups in WA:
- Washington Homeschool Organization
- Clark County Home Educators
- Family Learning Organization
- Seattle Homeschoolers
- Home Oriented Meaningful Education
Before you become a homeschool parent or teacher in WA, you will have to:
- Meet the homeschooling qualifications
- Calculate the cost of homeschooling in WA and find out whether it is possible to do it for free
- Choose the curriculum that suits your child the best
- Make a plan that meets requirements related to homeschool hours and subjects
- Submit a letter of intent to homeschool to your school district
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