Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Spokane County’s public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions. To be enrolled in a Washington school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of the academic year. Those wishing to register their child in school should take the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunization records. Check with the school for additional requirements. For more details on Washington’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website at https://tinyurl.com/k8zv5aq.
In 2010, Washington, along with most other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics though Washington has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.