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Private Education and Home-Based Instruction

Application for Private School Initial Approval

The application for private school approval is reviewed by OSPI and the State Board of Education. All initial application materials need to be submitted to OSPI by March 12, 2015. The July State Board meeting will be the only opportunity for approval of new schools (WAC 180-90-130).

The Application Process

  1. The principal, chief school administrator, or superintendent of the private school district completes the forms (see below), along with a brief synopsis of the curriculum taught at each grade level and a student/parent/faculty handbook outlining policies of the school. This information is returned to:

    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Office of Private Education
    Old Capitol Building
    PO Box 47200
    Olympia, WA  98504-7200

    Phone: (360) 725-6433 (line 1) or (360) 725-6175
    TTY: (360) 664-3631

  2. OSPI staff will review the application materials. Schools that meet minimum standards defined in Chapter 28A.195 RCW and Chapter 180-90 WAC will be recommended for approval by the State Board of Education (SBE). The SBE will take action on the 2015–16 school year approval of private schools at the May 2015 meeting. A review of the application materials must be completed 60 days prior to the State Board of Education meeting.

  3. A certificate of approval is sent to the school following action by the State Board of Education.

  4. Schools with minor or major deviations will be notified of such deviations and will be given an opportunity to respond to such findings (WAC 180-90-130 [4-5]).

Download the Entire Application Packet
The entire application packet is available as a PDF download. It includes full instructions, all required forms, and the full text of each statute and regulation that applies to private schools in Washington state.

Download the Individual Forms
You can also download the individual forms that appear in the packet:

Links to Statutes and Regulations

Private Schools Organizations

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  (360) 725-6000  TTY (360) 664-3631
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