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Overview for Families & Students

Contact Information

Alternative Learning

360-725-6229
Rhett Nelson

Part-Time Online Learning

If you are interested in part-time online learning, follow these steps:

  1. Explore your district's options.
  2. Contact a course provider if no program exists in your district.
  3. Register with the help of your school.
  4. Start your course.

Full-Time Online Learning

If you are interested in full-time online learning, follow these steps:

  1. Explore your district's options.
  2. Contact an online school program for availability and enrollment requirements if your district does not have a program.
  3. Request a Choice Transfer.
  4. Enroll in your new program or school.
  5. Start your courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Online Learning Right for my Student?

Online learning works well for students who are self-aware and informed, self-motivated, an independent learner, organized a problem solver, and an active participant. Students should also have reading, writing, and computer skills, as well as available time and computer access.

Are There Options in my School District?

Ask your school counselor or principal about potential options. Some questions you might ask are:

  • What does your school and district offer?
  • How do you access this option?
  • What are the student performance or attendance expectations?
  • How will the school support the student?
  • How well do students perform in this option?
  • Is this the best option for this student's needs?
  • Are there community resources available?

Are There Options Outside my School District?

If your district does not have the type of program you are looking for, explore statewide options. These programs can enroll any student who lives in Washington state. They are often more flexible and have limited in-person contact.

Follow these steps:

  1. Review the list of public schools with online options.
  2. Contact a program about enrollment. Questions you might ask are:
  • When is the open enrollment period?
  • How would my student enroll?
  • What are the student performance or attendance expectations?
  • How will the school support the student?
  • How well do students perform in this program?
  • Is this the best option for this student's needs?

To enroll in a school or program outside your district, you must request a Choice Transfer. A Choice Transfer releases your student from the local district and transfers the educational responsibility to the new school district. To make this request, contact your local school district and ask for a Choice Transfer.

Are There Options Outside the School Day?

Credit recovery, summer instruction, or classes unavailable at your local school are reasons to need an online option beyond the public school day. For each of these reasons, you must coordinate with your local school.

Follow these steps:

  1. Contact your local school counselor or principal. Work with that person to decide what courses the student needs.
  2. Find out who pays for the course. If your school is paying for the course, they coordinate enrollment with the online program. If the student or parent is paying for the course there are extra steps to follow.
  • Follow your local district policy for transcript acceptance. Work with your local school to transfer the course and credit when the course is complete.
  • Follow the online provider's enrollment and attendance policies.
  • Inform the provider that the course is for a Washington state student. The course must meet Washington online learning expectations.
  • Ask the course provider how to enroll the student.
  • Contact the course provider. 
  • Confirm with your counselor that the course will meet the district policy. Confirm your school will accept the credit value upon completion of the course.
  • Work with your counselor to choose your courses. They may refer you to the course catalog, or the course provider to find an available course.
  • Ask your school counselor or principal about the district policy. Districts have policies about what online courses and credit values they will accept.

See more frequently asked questions by students and families.