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Best Resources For Homeschool Families In Seattle

January 18, 2013 5:00 AM

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Home-based learning is increasing in popularity as an alternative to formal public education. By choosing this method, parents take on the responsibility for structuring their child’s education and must adhere to state standards. The organizations below offer resources, support and ideas for parents who have chosen to education their children at home.

The Attic Learning Community
20140 137th Ave. NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
(425) 424-0800
www.the-attic.org

The Attic is a progressive learning community meant to supplement a homeschooling curriculum. It is offered for children ages 5 to 18 and meets three days a week to leave time for a home schooling parent to work around. The Attic recommends using that free time for the child to evolve his or her own interests or for the family to spend time together. Older students may even go to The Attic while holding a part time job if they desire. The organization prioritizes a sense of self, and a passion for learning, community and childhood above all other goals. The Attic is a great addition and resource for any homeschooling program, offering a chance for the socialization achieved through a public school education.

CASCADE Parent Partnership
1330 N. 90th St.
Seattle, WA 98103-4016
(206) 252-4720
cppp.seattleschools.org

CASCADE Parent Partnership is a program through the Seattle School District to assist children whose primary educators are their parents. The program offers a catalog of classes and workshops to supplement a home curriculum. Of particular interest are high school classes that have access to Running Start, the college readiness program. CASCADE also offers a key link for parents in navigating statewide standardized testing. Assistance includes score interpretation and preparation materials. The program offers a way for parents to aid in the education of their children while providing a connection to the public school system.

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Washington Homeschool Organization
6627 S. 191st Place, Suite F-109
Kent, WA 98032-2117
(425) 251-0439
www.washhomeschool.org

The Washington Homeschool Organization is a state-wide, non-profit that serves home-based educators in Washington State. The WHO is membership based, and through its funding supports the legislative goals of the homeschooling community. In addition, WHO supports home educators by offering seminars, workshops, lectures and an annual convention. The WHO Convention for 2013 will be June 14 and 15 at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center. It will play host to more than 50 workshops, multiple speakers and an enormous exhibition floor. Beyond the services it provides to parents, it also holds a full graduation ceremony for homeschooled children each year. The event preserves this rite of passage for participants who have successfully completed a non-standard high school education.

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Washington Teaching Parents Association
PO Box 1934
Woodinville, WA 98072-1934
(425) 835-3663
www.washtpa.org

Teaching Parents Association provides unbiased access to opportunities and extensive resources for home educators across Western Washington, including families who are still exploring the homeschool option and seeking more information. The membership meeting is held once a month for educators to come together and share ideas. The group shares its experiences and best practices to raise the level of all of the membership’s homeschooling experiences. TPA encourages people considering membership to attend a meeting and find out what the group is all about.

Three Dragons Academy
5031 University Way NE, Suite 108A
Seattle, WA 98105
www.threedragonsacademy.com

Three Dragons Academy was founded by two professional artists and homeschoolers each holding more than 20 years of teaching experience. It functions as a part-time learning option for parents to get a break during the week while their children get a focused art-based education. The students vary in age from 6 to 10 and classes are never larger than 15 students. TDA believes child-centered learning is critical for long-term success and self-esteem. It integrates subjects into the arts two days a week and gives students full control over the productions, which results in a fantastic complement to the more academic side of a well-rounded education.

Megan Knight resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. During the day she works in IT Management and at night is a royal news junkie. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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