Section 6n: Non-resident enrollment

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Section 6(n) was originally listed as Accreditation and has been removed. Accreditation requirements for online school programs can be found in RCW 28A.250.020

Rule Text

(n) School districts may accept nonresident students under the school choice enrollment provisions of RCW 28A.225.200 through 28A.225.230 and chapter 392-137 WAC for enrollment in alternative learning experiences. School districts enrolling such students in alternative learning experiences are subject to all school district duties and liabilities pertaining to such students for the full school year, including ensuring the student's compulsory attendance pursuant to chapter 28A.225 RCW, until such time as the student has actually enrolled in another school district, or has otherwise met the mandatory attendance requirements specified by RCW 28A.225.010.


The purpose of this subsection is to emphasize the responsibility the non-resident district incurs when agreeing to enroll a student who does not live within the district’s boundaries, often referred to as a "choice" transfer.

Common Questions

Q. If a nonresident student enrolled in my program under the "choice" provisions fails to make satisfactory progress for three consecutive months despite our intervention efforts, can I terminate our acceptance of the nonresident student?

A. You may terminate acceptance of the nonresident student as long as the conditions of termination (rescindment) are stated in school district policy or the Interdistrict Agreement. Otherwise, if a student fails to make satisfactory progress for three consecutive months, you must find a course of study that more appropriately meets the student’s educational needs. You retain responsibility for that student until you have notified the resident school district of the termination. If the student is enrolled in an online school program, the Standard Choice Transfer System (SCTS) will be used for the notification.

Last updated: 3/27/2014

Q. What is meant by "retain responsibility?"

A. Under Choice Transfer law, the district retains responsibility for the nonresident student identically to its responsibility for resident students. This includes legal, ethical, and reporting responsibilities. An example of a legal responsibility is following truancy procedures specified under 28A.225 RCW. An example of an ethical responsibility is actively working with the student and the student’s parent to find a more appropriate educational placement for the student. An example of a reporting responsibility is to code the student as a "dropout" until you have evidence of actual enrollment in another district, such as a request for student records.

Last updated: 3/27/2014

Q. What is meant by "…has otherwise met mandatory attendance requirements?"

A. The three main mandatory attendance requirements are:

  1. Enrollment in a public school;
  2. Enrollment in an approved private school; or
  3. Formally receiving home-based instruction.

Last updated: 8/22/2011

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