Home Based InstructionParents or guardians wishing to homeschool their child(ren) must turn in a Declaration of Intent to Provide Home Based Instruction with their school district by September 15th of each school year, or within two weeks of the beginning of any trimester. In order to be eligible to homeschool, parents must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- The parent instructing the child(ren) has earned 45 college-level credit hours; or
- The parent instructing the child(ren) has successfully completed a course in home-based instruction at a post-secondary institution or a vocational-technical institute; or
- The instruction is being supervised by a Washington State certificated teacher a minimum of one contact hour per week per child being home schooled; or
- The parent has been deemed qualified by the superintendent of the district in which the student lives.
The parent should also contact their child(ren)'s public school to let them know that they are withdrawing to homeschool. This, along with the form, notifies both the school and the district that the student is no longer enrolled. By contacting the school itself, parents will help alleviate future correspondence, potential legal papers, and calls regarding attendance once the student has withdrawn.Students in home-based instruction are entitled and welcome to enroll in district schools as part-time students (dual enrollment) and receive ancillary services - assessments, specific courses, sports and activities - on a space available basis, provided the student is otherwise eligible for full-time enrollment in the district. Requests for dual enrollment shall be directed to the principal of the school serving the attendance area in which the student resides.Completed Declaration of Intent to Provide Home-Based Instruction forms should be brought or mailed to the District Office. If you have questions and would like to discuss requirements and options, you can contact Tami Collins at 360-709-7007. There may be situations in which Tami will refer you to the Assistant Superintendent Shawn Batstone to discuss your situation. A meeting with the Assistant Superintendent is required if parents are making the decision to homeschool outside of the timelines described at the top of this page.Additional Useful Information
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