education options

education options2018-02-24T21:31:28-06:00

You have more options than you may think…

Brick & Mortar Public Schools

Compulsory Attendance

Your child’s age is your first indicator of his or her eligibility for beginning school. In Washington students may start school when they turn 6 years old. A child does not have to enroll in school between the age of 6-7, but must be enrolled by the time he or she is eight years old.  see more >

Required Documentation

Washington school districts set the requirements for what documentation is required prior to enrolling a student in their district. To get that information, contact the district directly.  

Some legal documents are required for Washington students to attend school:

  • Certified Birth Certificate/proof of identity
  • Official copy of records/transcripts from the previous school the child most recently attended
  • A shot immunization record (or proof that immunization is not required for the child)
  • Click here to view the immunization requirements 
  • Proof of home address (for example, a rental agreement or tax statement)

School Fees

Paying some fees is a part of public education, though it is primarily a free education. Students are expected to supply their own basic school supplies such as paper, pencils, and notebooks. Each district has a list of approved expenditures for students. Fee waiver forms can be requested from the school if there is a situation that prevents a family from being able to pay for required materials or events.

Some typical items on that list include:

  • Lunch
  • Summer school
  • Student parking passes (high school)
  • Lost textbooks
  • Late or lost library books
  • Field trips
  • Special class-required fees (e.g., science lab fees)

Public Charter Schools

What are Charter Schools?

Charter Schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent, non-profit governing bodies.

Parents, teachers, and community leaders sign a “charter” or contract with a school district or state agency to create a charter school and give students more educational options than their assigned school. Charter schools have flexibility over classroom hours, curriculum, and employment policies, but are subject to periodic reviews based on student performance. In Alabama, public charter school students are measured against the same academic standards as students in other public schools. Local boards of education monitor the academic and financial performance of charter schools, and, can revoke  or refuse to renew a school’s charter.

Washington Charter Schools

To view a list of Charter Schools in your state click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about charters can be found at the Washington State Charter School Association.  


Most charter schools do not have attendance zones. If you are interested in applying for your child, you must apply directly to the school. The application and selection process can be quite complicated. Make sure to contact the school early to determine the correct next steps to applying.

Virtual Public Schools

Bethal Elementary Learning Academy

Phone: (253) 683-5953
Grades: K-5

Evergreen Public School

Phone: (360) 604-4000
Grades: K-8

H.O.M.E. Program

Phone: (425) 204-2520
Grades: K-8

Insight School of Washington

Phone: (866) 800-0017
Grades: 9-12

iQ Academy Washington 

Phone: (360) 604-3905
Grades: 6-12

Naches Valley Virtual Academy

Phone: (360) 618-6200
Grades: K-5

North Franklin Virtual Academy 

Phone: (509) 234-2021 x1003
Grades: K-12

Pasco Academy of Learning

Phone: (509) 543-6765
Grades: K-12

Washington Virtual Academies

Phone: (866) 548-9444
Grades: K-12

Private Schools

What makes a school “private”?

Private schools charge tuition, and many have a religious mission. Some private schools offer families assistance to make tuition payments. Click below for the complete list of over 700 private schools across the state.

Private School Review offers free, detailed information on U.S. private schools combined with useful community data (e.g., housing costs) and maps of the surrounding areas.

*Information on non-public school admission requirements should be obtained from the school directly.

Scholarships and Educational Choice Programs

Currently, Washington doesn’t have any Tax-Credit Scholarships or Educational Choice Programs.

For more information on policy change or to get involved in the school choice movement in Washington visit EdChoice.

Private Virtual Schools

George Washington University Online High School is an online college preparatory academy for motivated students who are willing to be challenged to become the best students and persons they can be. Combining award-winning curriculum with small class sizes and intensive college counseling, students receive a flexible, individualized education attuned to their own needs and goals.

International Academy is a K12, Inc accredited, online private school for grades K–12. Students earn a U.S. high school diploma while using award-winning K¹² curriculum

They offer extensive, individualized academic and counseling support keep students on track. The flexibility allows students to explore their passions. Full-time and part-time options are available.

International Connections Academy is a fully-accredited, online, college preparatory private school serving K–12 students worldwide. The program combines a top-rated curriculum with talented teachers, cutting-edge technology, the flexibility to learn at home, and direct family involvement to ensure each student realizes his or her full potential.

The Keystone School offers flexible education programs for high school and middle school students. Whether your student wants to study full-time or just needs individual classes, they offer more than 170 courses from credit recovery to world languages and AP. Students can enroll at any time.

Home Education

Your options

Parents must provide annual notice to the local superintendent, meet one of four parent qualifications, provide 180 days of instruction in a variety of required subjects, and have their children assessed annually. Parents are not required to submit the assessments to the local superintendent, but must maintain these documents in the home. For the qualifications for homeschooling visit Coalition for Responsible Home Education.

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Home School Legal Defense Alliance

visit HSLDA website >

Coalition for Responsible Home Education

visit the coalition’s website >

Support Groups

Washington has many homeschool associations that offer classes, curriculum, advising, sports, clubs, socials and recreation. Check out your local support groups here.

Dual Enrollment

College Credit

Washington has three programs for getting college credit while your student is still in high school:

  • Dual Credit – is where 11th and 12th graders apply to a participating institution of higher education to enroll in courses or programs and simultaneously earn high school and college credit
  • Running Start – allows students to apply to a participating institution of higher education to enroll in courses or programs offered by the institution
  • College in the High School – is governed by a local contract between the district and the institution of higher education, allow students to earn high school and college credit

Course Fees

The fees for the different dual enrollments vary between state/parents. Fees may also vary depending on the county you live in.

For more information about dual enrollment and dual enrollment fees visit Education Commission of the States!

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