In accordance with the Alternative Learning Experience Implementation Standards, reference WAC 392-121-182 (3) (e), prior to enrollment parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be provided with, information attesting to the understanding of the difference between home-based instruction and enrollment in an alternative learning experience (ALE).

    On this form are summary and narrative descriptions of the differences between Home-based Instruction and an ALE. Please read these descriptions and sign below.

    Summary Description

    Home Based Instruction

    • Is provided by the parent or guardian as authorized under RCW 28A.200 and 28A.225.010.
    • Students are not enrolled in public education.
    • Students are not subject to the rules and regulations governing public schools, including course, graduation, and assessment requirements.


    Alternative Learning Experiences (ALE)


    • Supervised, monitored, assessed, and evaluated by certified staff
    • Provided via a written student learning plan
    • Provided in the regular classroom


    Part-time Enrollment of Home-Based Instruction Students

    Home-based instruction students may enroll in public school programs, including ALE programs, on a part-time basis and retain their home-based instruction status. In the case of part-time enrollment in an ALE, the student will need to comply with the requirements of the ALE written student learning plan, but not be required to participate in state assessments or meet state graduation requirements.


    Narrative Description of the Differences Between Home-Based Instruction and Public School Alternative Learning Experiences


    Home-based learning is authorized under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 28,A225.101 and RCW 28A.200. When a parent or guardian has filed a ‘declaration of intent to provide home-based instruction’ with the district and is meeting the requirements for home-based instruction stated in RCW 28.A.225, the student is eligible to receive home-based instruction. Students receiving only home-based instruction are not enrolled in public education, and they do not have to comply with the rules and regulations regarding public schools. Since the student is not registered or enrolled in the public school system, the school district is under no obligation to provide instruction or instructional materials for these students. Home-based instruction students are not required to participate in any district or state testing and/or assessments. Additionally, home-based instruction students are not eligible for graduation through a public high school unless they meet all of the graduation requirements established by the state, district, and the local high school. This includes a Certificate of Academic Achievement.

    Part-time enrollment

    Home-based instruction students may have access to ancillary services and may enroll in a public school course, such as an alternative learning experience program, on a part-time basis where space is available. Part-time enrollment is defined as being less than full-time basis where space is available. In these cases, the student is responsible for maintaining acceptable attendance and meeting all course and school requirements. For an alternative learning experience, this means meeting the requirements of the written student learning plan. The student continues to be considered a home-based instruction student when enrolled part-time in a public school setting. Therefore, except for the individual class requirements, school and district attendance rules, and school behavior policies, the limitations and restrictions noted in the paragraph above are in force.

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