Washington has laws about online public secondary education but not about requirements
for other types of online courses; however, Washington law establishes requirements
for educational institutions in general. In addition to meeting the following requirements,
the student must attend classes for a certain number of hours per week. The number
of hours per week depends on the type of classes the student attends.
Grades seven through twelve: The Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction (Superintendent) has a list
(http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/approval/providers/) of approved online providers. A student enrolled in a school or course run by an
approved provider attends an online school consistent with Washington law. The Superintendent
also has a list (http://www.k12.wa.us/PrivateEd/PrivateSchools/default.aspx) of approved private schools; an approved private school may offer an online school
program. A student who is enrolled in an online course at an approved private school
is attending school in compliance with Washington law.
College or university: The Washington Student Achievement Council publishes a list (http://www.wsac.wa.gov/colleges-and-institutions-washington) of authorized degree-granting institutions. Online courses from these institutions
are consistent with the laws of Washington.
Course of training to prepare the individual for a paying job: The Washington Workforce Board publishes a list (http://www.wtb.wa.gov/currentlicensedschools.asp) of licensed private career schools. These institutions offer online courses consistent
with Washington law.
Other programs: Obtain an opinion from OGC if a program does not meet these requirements to determine
if it is consistent with Washington law.