Home-Based Instruction

In Washington State, parents who choose to homeschool their child(ren) must file a Declaration of Intent to Provide Home-Based Instruction form annually with the resident school district by September 15th of the new school year or within two weeks of the beginning of any public school quarter, trimester, or semester.

The requirements to either attend public or private school, or homeschool, affect any child 8 years of age and under 18 years of age, or any child who has previously been enrolled in any public school. For example, if a child is 6 years old and he or she attended a public school for preschool or kindergarten, a parent must file a declaration, even if the child is under the age of 8.

Declaration form  to complete: Parent declaration & ancillary services

Parents are required to meet at least one of the qualifications below in order to homeschool their child(ren):

·         Parent is supervised by a current certificated Washington State teacher, or

·         Parent has earned at least 45 college-level credits, or

·         Parent has completed a qualifying course in home-based instruction

Request for Part-time or Ancillary Services

Parents who have filed a declaration may request part-time enrollment and/or ancillary services with the resident school district. This can include specific courses, or other services, such as participation in annual state testing.

The Renton School District does not provide or loan educational materials or equipment to homeschool parents.

For more information, click the link below to go to the booklet titled, Washington State’s Laws Regulating Home-Based Instruction:

http://www.k12.wa.us/PrivateEd/HomeBasedEd/PinkBook/pinkbook.pdf

If you have further questions, please call 425-204-2431.

 

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