To home school your child, you must annually file a “Declaration of Intent” with the school district. This form indicates that you will be taking responsibility for your child’s education. The “Declaration of Intent” form must be returned to Challenger Secondary School by September 15th or within two weeks of the beginning of any public school quarter, trimester or semester. Copies of this form are available here.
If your child has previously attended a Bethel school, you will need to withdraw your student upon filing your “Declaration of Intent.”
What is home based education?
According to the Revised Code of Washington, RCW 28A.225.010(4) defines instruction as home-based if it consists of planned and supervised instructional and related educational activities, including curriculum and instruction in the basic skills of occupational education, science, mathematics, language, social studies, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, and the development of an appreciation of art and music provided for a number of hours per grade level established for approved private schools and if such activities are provided by a qualified parent.
Total annual program hours are:
- Kindergarten - at least 450 hours
- Grades 1 through 12 - at least 1,000 hours
RCW 28A.200 recognizes that all decisions relating to philosophy or doctrine; selection of books, teaching materials and curriculum; and methods, timing, and place in the provision or evaluation of home-based instruction shall be the responsibility of the parent.
Families interested in homeschooling should review the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s guidebook on “Washington State’s Laws Regulating Home-Based Instruction.” More information is also available on the OSPI website.