Home-Based Instruction

  • Provide Home-Based Instruction

    If you intend to provide your child or children home-based instruction in lieu of attendance or enrollment in a public school, an approved private school, or an extension program of an approved private school, you must file an annual declaration of intent.

    Parents may choose to provide home-based instruction for part of the day and have their child attend public school for the remainder of the day. Home-based instruction shall consist of planned and supervised instructional and related educational activities, including 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. Such instruction shall be equivalent to the total annual program hours per grade level as established for public schools. All decisions relating to philosophy or doctrine, selection of books, teaching materials and curriculum, and methods, timing, place, and provision for the evaluation of home-based instruction shall be the responsibility of the parent.

    Home-Based students who do not wish to seek a Kent School District diploma who want to attend Running Start should submit paperwork through the Student and Family Support Services office.

    Complete a Declaration of Intent Form Annually

    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 their residential school district by September 15 or within two weeks of the beginning of the school quarter, trimester, or semester.

    The requirements to attend either public or private school, or homeschool, affect any child 8 years of age and under 18 years of age, and any child who has been previously enrolled in any public school.

    Parents are required to meet at least one of the qualifications below:

    • Parent is supervised by a current certificated WA State teacher, or
    • Parent has earned at least 45 college-level credits, or
    • Parent has completed a qualifying course in home-based instruction

    Completed forms may be returned via email to ChoiceTransfers@kent.k12.wa.us, faxed to (253) 373-7127, or mailed to the address below.

    Kent School District
    ATTN: Student & Family Support Services
    12033 SE 256th Street, Suite A-300
    Kent, WA 98030

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Last Modified on September 4, 2019