WA Homeschooling Laws
Homeschoooling Laws in Washington
It’s more important than ever to know and protect your homeschooling rights. Understanding the Washington homeschool laws and requirements is one key to successful homeschooling. And each state differs. That’s why we’ve provided you with Washington state information and helpful links to Washington’s department of education, homeschool requirements, and legal support.
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Links for Washington Homeschool Laws
Washington State Homeschool Law Summary
If you are homeschooling in the state of Washington, you will need to follow these steps:
- File a Declaration of Intent to Homeschool Form. This is required for all students between the ages of 8 to 18. The form must include each child’s name and age, must specify whether a certified person will be supervising the instruction, and must be written in the format prescribed by your local superintendent. If you would like to see a sample form click here.
- Track each child’s attendance and subjects. And at the end of the year they must have one of the following:
- Give each child a standardized test approved by the state board or
- Have each child evaluated by a certified person.
- Study the required subject’s. Your homeschool curriculum must include occupational education, science, math, language, social studies, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, and the development of an appreciation of art and music.
You have another option available as a homeschool family. You may homeschool with a private or denominational school. Approved private schools are permitted to allow families to operate their homeschools as extension programs of the school. You will need to locate an approved private school that allows extension programs and enroll your child in that school. A list of approved private schools is available here. Bridgeway Academy is not considered a private or denominational school for this purpose.
Homeschool Resources for Washington Homeschool Laws
For additional information, including a downloadable PDF with a detailed analysis of your state’s homeschool laws and legal counsel, be sure to become a member of the HSLDA for a yearly fee.