The Home Education Exchange. Shoreline Schools Parent Partner Program.
Parent Partner Program
The Home Education Exchange is a program that provides home educated students in grades K-12 the means to access Shoreline School District resources under the direction of their parents and with the support of district staff.
The program is funded through the State’s general education fund as defined by the State Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) Program under WAC 392-121-108, identified as a Parent Partner Program, and is self-regulating.
Grace Cole Education Complex (old Kellogg) fulfill the unique requirements for this program.
The program serves 103 full and part-time students (96.97 FTE) in grades K-12.
Support includes on-site classes and workshops, coordination of special events, field trips, education planning and assessment. Members have access to curriculum materials and equipment as specified in their student learning plans.
Parents assume the primary role of teaching with the support of program staff. Students follow a written learning plan tied to the state learning goals.
Program Coordinator - 1.0 FTE
Homeschool Curriculum Specialist - .6 FTE
HEE Specialist/Office Manager - .9 FTE
The program serves K-12 students and their families. It is not a “drop-off” program, parents are required to be on campus while the student is attending.
Many parents bring their babies and toddlers.
The Home Education Exchange offers individual support to families; providing help selecting curriculum, obtaining materials, and formulating student learning plans.
Subjects range from core curriculum classes in Reading, English, Writing, Math, Science and History to classes in P.E., Art, Music, Drama, Sewing, Cooking, Gardening, and Life Skills
Some classes are taught by “Contract Teachers” typically teachers on leave or retired and other qualified adults willing to teach a class once a week.
Shoreline Credits are not earned at the Home Education Exchange and do not lead to a Shoreline High School Diploma.
The program occupies the “E” Wing. Some rooms are specialized for the subjects taught, others are configured as general purpose classrooms. A few spaces are designated for common use and others are set up for quiet study areas. Toddlers and babies typically stay in the Cedar Spring Room. The gym and playground are used daily.
The Science Room was recently remodeled to provide a full high school lab capability.
Nutrition Center with a full kitchen was also added.
Our Sewing Room accommodates Life Skills, English and Writing classes.
Our Art Room includes the History and Social Studies classes.
The Drama Room is also used for large group meetings and rainy day activities.
The Gym is used frequently for PE and other large group activities.
The Cedar Spring Room is the Community Room. Everyone from parents with babies and toddlers to students from kindergarten to high school regularly access the learning stations and special activities.
The Large Projects Room is used to assemble projects that require a large area for extended periods.
When weather allows, students take advantage of the playground and field.
The families value the facility for its privacy, safety, and sense of community. The students and parents put a high value on homeschooling and want to maintain a degree of separation from the all day public schools.