Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Snohomish County public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions. To be enrolled in Washington school, a child must be at least 5 years old by
Aug. 31 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. 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 www.doh.wa.gov or the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website at www.k12.wa.us.
In 2010, Washington, along with the majority of 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, with science and social studies in development, though Washington has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.
Choosing a School
Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about school district statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.
If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.
Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.
Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment; Washington voters approved the state’s first charter school initiative in 2012, and by 2018, 12 have opened, though none in Snohomish County — the closest are in Seattle. For more information or a listing of charter schools in Washington, visit the Washington State Charter Schools Association website at http://wacharters.org.
For an introduction to home schooling in Washington, visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website at www.k12.wa.us/privateed/homebaseded. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.
Family Learning Organization
P.O. Box 1750
Mead, WA 99021 509-467-2552
The Family Learning Organization, incorporated in 1986, has had a more than 20-year history of serving the home-school community statewide and nationally through its advocacy and its testing services. The organization advocates for home-based education, encourages home-schooling families, helps preserve the freedom of parents to educate their children, and serves as a means of communication and networking, making it possible for home-schooling families to link up with more experienced parents.
Washington Homeschool Organization
P.O. Box 66960
Seattle, WA 98166 425-251-0439
The Washington Homeschool Organization is a statewide nonprofit membership organization that provides parents and guardians with resources and information about state laws and facilitates communication with local school officials, among other activities.
To search for local private schools in Washington, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.
Edmonds School District
20420 68th Ave. W
Lynnwood, WA 98036 425-431-7000
Edmonds School District serves the communities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and portions of Brier and unincorporated Snohomish County. The district consists of 20,600 students enrolled in 20 elementary schools, two K-8 schools, four middle schools, six high schools and one K-12 school.
Everett Public Schools
Everett, WA 98201 425-385-4000
Everett Public Schools consists of 19,500 students enrolled in 26 schools: 17 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, an online high school and the Port Gardner Parent Partnership for home-schooled students.
Lake Stevens School District
12309 22nd St. NE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258 425-335-1500
Lake Stevens School District has an early learning center, six elementary schools, two middle schools, a mid-high school (8-9), a high school, an alternative high school and HomeLink, a home-school cooperative program, to serve an enrollment of approximately 8,200 students.
Marysville School District
4220 80th Street NE
Marysville, WA 98270 360-965-0000
Marysville School District’s enrollment of approximately 11,000 students is served by 10 elementary schools, four middle schools and eight high schools, among them five for special interests: construction and engineering; arts and technology; biomedicine; international communications; and entrepreneurship.
Mukilteo School District
9401 Sharon Drive
Everett, WA 98204 425-356-1274
Mukilteo School District has 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, a Highly Capable Program, a Community-Based Transition Center, access to career pathways education and an early childhood education and assistance program for more than 15,000 students.
Snohomish School District
160 Avenue D
Snohomish, WA 98290 360-563-7300
Snohomish School District consists of a preschool, 10 elementary schools, two middle schools, three high schools, an alternative learning program for students and a cooperative program for home-school families. The district’s enrollment numbers approximately 10,100.