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Washington Compulsory Education Laws

Formal education is a requirement for children of a certain age in all states, whether it's public school, home school, or something else. Washington's compulsory education laws require children between the ages of eight and 18 to attend school, with some exceptions. For example, a child 16 or older who is either legally employed or has completed his or her graduation requirements is exempt. Parents are fined $25 per day for noncompliance.

The main provisions of Washington compulsory education laws, and penalties for noncompliance, are listed in the following chart. See FindLaw's Compulsory Education section to learn more.

Code Section 28A.225.01 0; 090
Age at Which School Attendance is Required Between 8 and 18
Exceptions to Attendance Requirements Enrolled in private school; home-based instruction; physically/mentally incapable of attending; child is 16 or older and legally employed or has met graduation requirements or has received certificate of educational competence
Home School Provisions Instruction in occupational education, science, math, language, social studies, history, health, writing, reading, spelling, and appreciation for art and music; must be supervised by certified person or by a parent with 45 college level credit hours
Penalties on Parents for Noncompliance $25 for each day of unexcused absence and/or community service; attendance officer may, through school district's attorney, petition juvenile court to assume jurisdiction

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Washington education attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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