Homeschool law may not be the same as the law covering public or private schools. In Washington State, for example, public school is covered in one area of the law, and homeschool law is covered in an entirely different area. It can be confusing! When researching the laws in your state, make sure you are looking at the law that applies to homeschoolers. I frequently see homeschoolers trying to fit their homeschool into public school law, and it doesn't feel right. It can be like the old square peg and round hole!
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While homeschoolers are not expected to meet the public school graduation requirements, they can be used as a meaningful guideline for parents.
I disagree with you concerning occupational education. The purpose is to prepare students for an occupation. If they have a job, it is only considered for work experience credit, which can apply to flipping burgers (410 hrs. for 1 credit, as defined in the state law) or something more. For a more meaningful credit, students can explore various occupations (listed as career exploration), serve in an internship or apprenticeship, as well as enrolling in a vocational program. For some students, this may lead to a vocation aside from college.
Then there is also accounting, keyboarding, etc. which are also considered occupational education.
I'm a homeschooler and will be graduating in a couple years... Do these guidlines still stand? Do they apply to me?
Yes, this still applies. You can read more about Washington State Homeschool law here:
WOW! I wish I would have known this sooner! I would have written out my son's graduation requirements so much differently to begin with. Thankfully we still have two years to restructure to more fit the direction we're preparing him for, along with three more children that will benefit from this information.
So blessed by you... thank you!!!
Thank you Lee for all your information. Our son just graduated(HomeSchool)last week and is heading off to college!The information you provide on HomeSchooling is invaluable! You truly are a blessing to Washington State HomeSchoolers. Have a safe and restful summer!
God Bless you!
Thank you for this info...SO helpful! I have a daughter whose HS academic career was interrupted significantly with her battle with depression. We've patched her coursework together over the past couple of years and she is heading into her senior year and I was getting worried about graduation reqs. This information was the reassurance I needed. Blessings for your efforts!
It happens so often, in our complicated world! Lee also wrote about how to cope in a "worse case scenario" homeschool: What If ? Homeschool High School Without Fear
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Sometimes, I post something that really strikes the heart of my readers. An old post I had about measuring character qualities other than academic ones, was one of those posts.