Washington offers families very few school choice options. The state does not support private school choice. It does allow choice within the public education system.
Public School Choice:
Washington offers some choice within the public education system, including intra-district and inter-district open enrollment.
Private School Choice:
Washington does not offer private school choice.
Washington passed its first charter school legislation in 2012. However, as this legislation is just being implemented, it is still unknown if it will lead to the opening of any charter schools within the state.
According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, although Washington does not have a state-led virtual school or virtual charter schools, it does have a state-led initiative that provides courses to school districts. Washington provides 39 district-led online learning programs. During the 2010-2011 school year, nearly 17,786 students throughout the state were enrolled in online courses, an 11 percent increase from the previous school year.
Click here for detailed information on Washington's public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in Washington.