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Parent Partnership ALE vs Homeschool

Enrollment in the Parent Partnership Program / Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) and home-based instruction (homeschool) are different educational models. P3 students are full-time public school students enrolled in the district. The program might sometimes feel like homeschooling, but it's governed by a different section of state law.  

Parent Partnership Program ALE includes the following:

  • Is a public education enrollment option authorized under WAC 392-550
  • Subject to all state and federal rules and regulations governing public education
  • Curriculum and instructional materials meet district standards and are free from sectarian control or influence
  • Learning experiences are:
    • Supervised, monitored, assessed, and evaluated by a certificated teacher
    • May be planned in collaboration with the student, parent, and teacher
    • Provided via a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP)
    • Provided in whole, or part, outside the regular classroom.

Home-based Instruction includes the following:

  • Instruction is developed and supervised by the parent or guardian as authorized under RCW 28A.200 and 28A.225.010.
  • The parent has filed an annual Declaration of Intent with the district.
  • Students are neither enrolled nor eligible for graduation through a public high school unless they meet all district and state graduation requirements.
  • Students are not subject to the rules and regulations governing public school, including course, graduation, and assessment requirements.
  • The public school is under no obligation to provide instruction or instructional materials, or to supervise the student’s education.