Starting a Private School in Washington

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Washington State Regulations

General Regulations

Washington State
  • There are no registration or licensing requirements. Accreditation is optional, but approval is required.

  • The Washington State Board of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Washington.

  • Instruction is considered 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, and spelling, and the development of an appreciation of art and music.

  • The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.

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