Welcome to Homeschooling In Christ!

Homeschooling In Christ is a Christian homeschool support group serving families in the Snohomish County area of Washington State since 1999. We are a non-denominational, Christ-centered, support group, desiring to help each person grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

JesusWe are Christian families dedicated to observing the following Biblical commands outlined in Deuteronomy 6, Proverbs 22, and Ephesians 6:

  1. To train our children in the love and teaching of the Lord.
  2. To educate our children to become servants of Christ.
  3. To make a difference in today's world.

We provide information on educational opportunities, academic and curriculum reviews, guidance, encouragement, and spiritual support.  We also enjoy regular activities including monthly parent meetings, field trips, play dates, Bible studies and monthly Mom’s Night Out.  We are made-up entirely of families who volunteer their time to make these activities possible.

 

Statement of Purpose

  1. To support each other in our endeavor to educate our children in an atmosphere that would bring honor and glory to God.
  2. To assist parents who are considering homeschooling in making an informed decision.
  3. To encourage educational growth for teaching parents.
  4. To facilitate the social and educational growth of homeschooled children.

 

Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is only one God.
  3. We believe that faith in Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the Salvation of sinful, lost men.
  4. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost—those who are saved to be the resurrection of life, and those who are lost to be the resurrection of condemnation. (John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:17, 1 John 2:1-2, John 3:3-7)
  5. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ, the evidence of that unity being shown by how much we love one another.
  6. We believe that God was before all things, and He alone is the creator of the universe.
  7. We believe that salvation is by faith, through grace. (Ephesians 2:8)
  8. We believe that all must believe the Gospel to be saved.

 

Statement of Unity Regarding the Washington Home-Based Instruction Law and Public School Alternative Learning Experience Programs
 
   Independent homeschooling, under the Washington State Home-Based Instruction Law RCW 28A.200, clearly places responsibility for all aspects of a child’s education in the control of parent(s) and/or guardian(s). Since the RCW, signed into law in 1985, those who select home-based instruction have consistently been referred to by media, academia and themselves as homeschoolers. These homeschoolers are identified by their choice to take full responsibility for their child’s education and the requirements outlined in the Home-Based Instruction Law.
   In contrast, Public School Alternative Learning Experience Programs (PSALEP) defined in WAC 392.121.182, are government public school programs where the local school district retains control of student learning. Formation of these escalating programs began in 1996 with the introduction of the PSALEP’s rules by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
   Of concern to statewide independent homeschool organizations is the blurred distinction between Home-Based Instruction (homeschoolers) and participation in a PSALEP government-defined school. Additionally, troubling aspects involve the marketing of PSALEP’s to already-declared homeschoolers and the use of the Declaration of Intent to Provide Home Based Instruction Form as a marketing tool to solicit enrollment.
   Currently, a growing number of public school districts throughout Washington are creating Alternative Learning Programs that target homeschoolers for enrollment and thereby funding. Additionally, existing programs are changing part-time enrollment requirements to necessitate nearly full-time participation, even requesting oversight of education in the home. We believe PSALEPs are redefining and undermining the Home-Based Instruction Law and placing the nature of independent homeschooling in Washington State at risk.
   While styles may vary, major Washington State homeschool organizations agree that maintaining the strength and understanding of our Home-Based Instruction Law is vital to the health of independent homeschooling in Washington State. The term “homeschooling” must remain identified, at its core, with families who have chosen to take upon themselves the responsibility for their child’s education and not identified with a state government-operated program.