Recently, some friends of mine were discussing the requirements to home-school in Washington State, specifically whether Washington State History was a required subject for home-schoolers. It seemed that people were confusing the requirements for public school students with the requirements for home-school students. When you home-school, you are not under the public school laws, nor do you have to meet the same requirements as they do. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re looking at the right laws.
When you home-school in Washington State, you are obliged to follow the laws set out in RCW 28A.200 and 28A.225. You can find this information on the state home-school website, http://www.washhomeschool.org/homeschooling/law.html
If you look at the 11 required subjects for home-schoolers in Washington, you’ll see that state history is not on the list. The 11 required subjects are reading, writing, spelling, language, math, science, social studies, history, health, occupational education, and art and music appreciation. There is no mention of state history, so unless you choose to teach it, it does not have to show up on your home-school transcript.