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Homeschool Requirements for Washington State History

August 31, 2009

I failed at teaching Washington State History, and I feel just horrible about it – I really do!  But I have great news.  You’re off the hook!  Little known fact:  teaching Washington State History is *NOT* a requirement for homeschoolers.

I attended one of your seminars and think I remember you saying that Washington history is not required for entry into college, but an employee at Homeschool Potpourri book store said that it is required for high school diploma (1/2 credit, actually).  Could you give me your input on this matter?  Thank you.
~ Linda in Washington

Mt. Rainier

Hi Linda,
Sure, I’ll be glad to help!  Here is a link to the law:

The 11 required subjects are these:

  1. The 11 required subjects are reading, writing, spelling, language, math, science, social studies, history, health, occupational education, and art and music appreciation.
  2. These do not have to be taught separately. A unit study on frogs could include reading, writing, spelling, science, math, art and occupational education.

Although Washington State history is required of public school students, it is NOT required of homeschool students.  Does that help?  You still have the option of teaching state history.  You can still choose to do a research paper on Washington rather than a 1/2 credit course on Washington, or you can choose to teach a whole 1 credit course every year if you want to.  No matter what you CHOOSE to do, it really isn’t required.


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  1. Cariann says:

    Thanks for the info… I am glad to hear it… Working at the Washington homeschool conferences this year we were concerned about out Washington unit studies meeting the “requirement” glad to hear there isn’t a “requirement” after all.

    August 31st, 2009 at 10:16 am

  2. J W says:

    It really helps to learn the law firsthand, i.e. look at the actual code (law). Texas homeschool law, for example, is exceedingly easy to understand, but there have been numerous public school officials and a few homeschoolers who have made some rather ridiculous assumptions and mistakes because they didn’t take the time (5 minutes online) to look at the actual code. The Revised Code of Washington is a little more convoluted, but with patience and cross-referencing, one can still understand it. There are great summaries of all state laws on

    September 1st, 2009 at 1:13 pm

  3. momma says:

    Is this still the case in 2012?

    September 9th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  4. Lee says:

    There have been no changes to the homeschool law in Washington that I’m aware of. You can watch to see if changes come in the future.

    September 10th, 2012 at 8:48 am

  5. klay says:

    according to the WAC code .5 credit is required for diploma where does it specifically say that for a homeschooled high schooler that it is NOT required? please let me know thanks

    August 21st, 2013 at 2:15 pm

  6. Lee says:

    Homeschoolers do not have to follow the law for public school children, anymore than private school students do. We have to follow the law for homeschoolers, and that is located here:

    August 21st, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  7. Sandra C. says:

    It is important to keep in mind,though, that if you intend your child to go to high school or receive a state high school diploma that most Universities require, Wa state history IS required.
    They are making me bring in proof of it (transcripts, assignments, tests) to my child’s school now. (She was home schooled, but is now starting High school at 9th Grade)
    Many public High schools offer the class at their schools, also.

    March 6th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  8. Lee says:

    Washington State History is ONLY required for public school children, and is NOT required by homeschoolers. If you choose to go to public school, then you will need to do what the school requires, regarding Washington State History or anything else – there are other public school requirements that don’t apply to homeschoolers as well. In that case, you are no longer covered under the Washington State Home Education laws like when you filed your Declaration of Intent to Homeschool. You can learn about Washington State Homeschool law here:

    March 7th, 2014 at 9:15 am

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