School Options Coaching
Life & Family Coach
Trish works with families to ensure they have all of the information they need to make the best educational choices for their K-12 aged kids. Living in the Pacific Northwest offers families many options for K-12 educational alternatives. With so many choices, parents and kids can feel overwhelmed.
Trish provides coaching, support, and resources to parents who find themselves at a crossroads with kids who are struggling in school either academically or socially. Trish and her husband have utilized many of the educational options listed below over the past 22 years while raising their three kids.
The ideal educational situation for any child is one in which the child feels safe, engaged, challenged, and one which supports a healthy self-esteem. For some kids, that means their local public school and for others perhaps a different option is the best fit.
Considering different school options is not just beneficial for the academically challenged or advanced child. These days there are school options which better support the shy child, the overactive child, children on the Autism spectrum and children who are bright but don't thrive in the standard school setting.
At Salveo Counseling we see many kids dealing with anxiety, depression, self-harm, addiction, truancy or violent outbursts. Finding the right educational fit for a child can dramatically impact behavior at school and in the home. One of the most important results of finding the right academic environment for a child is the boost in their self-esteem which is directly related to their future success.
An Important note about Suicidal ideation and Self-Harm
Each year in the United States, approximately 157,000 young people between the ages of 10-24 years are admitted to emergency rooms for self-inflicted injuries. Last year 4,600 youth (10-24 years) took their own lives by suicide. Most of these young people provided clues to their intentions prior to hurting themselves. Thoughts and actions of self-harm may be a result of depression or the environment. The setting in which we choose for our children to spend much of their lives (school), is important to consider. If your child is not thriving in their current academic situation, start a dialogue today about other options. You are your child's tech-support in life. Educate yourself about alternatives which might be a better fit for your uniquely wonderful child.
A multitude of School Options
Public Choice School
Public and Private Online School
Homeschool / Public Education Hybrid
Running-Start Program (College Courses in High School)
Running-Start / High School Hybrid
Quest for Advanced Learners
Before and After School Programs
Common Questions about School Options
Is it legal to homeschool my child?
Yes. In the state of Washington, you must formally withdraw your child from public education by signing an Intent to Homeschool form and submitting it, in person, at your local school district office. Check out more info on the Washington Homeschool Organization website HERE.
Must I have a teaching degree to homeschool my child?
No. You must, however, have at least 45 credits of college coursework under your belt -or- complete a relatively simple course in homeschool instruction offered by an approved site.
What is an IEP?
IEP stands for Individual Education Plan. Public schools may offer students who are struggling academically, an IEP to support their efforts and improve chances for success in school. You can speak with your child's school adviser or counselor for specific information on what they need. Usually, parents must apply for an IEP and it is not guaranteed that a school will approve the request. Before a child is considered for an IEP, the School will usually require a formal evaluation and testing conducted by a psychologist or other appropriate specialist outside of the school. Specialized testing can be costly to the family. IEP's if approved usually include accommodations such as manipulatives & wobble chairs for fidgety kids, longer test times or longer amounts of time to complete assignments among other things.
Are Choice Schools Worth it?
There are many choice school options in Washington State. Parents must fill out an application and admission is usually lottery based. Admission lotteries are held in the Spring of the preceding school year but applications must be received by January of the previous year to be considered. Some choice schools focus on the environment and hold classes mostly out of doors, others focus on the arts and still others on science, math, and computing. Most choice schools include college-prep level classes so if your child struggles academically, this school type may not be the best fit.
What is truancy?
Truancy is simply defined as a child staying away from school without a good reason. In Washington State, children ages 8-17 years are required by law to attend either a public or private school or receive a home-based education (homeschool). There are very serious consequences for families who permit their children to stop attending school or who do not notify the state of their educational plans for a child. Please take a look at the Washington State Public Education Truancy information page HERE.
What is a homeschool co-op?
Homeschool co-ops are usually non-profit groups formed by parents and educators who have agreed to work together to educate their children in a manner which they choose. Each homeschool co-op is unique. Some are religious and others might focus on a particular culture or language.
What is Running Start?
The Running Start program in Washington State allows 11th and 12th-grade students to attend local community colleges free of charge. They are able to take college classes instead of, or in addition to, their standard high school classes. Students can still take part in their high school sports and clubs and have the option of walking with their class at the graduation ceremony. Many students choose to work full time at the community college and are able to complete an AA degree by graduation.