This week the State Board of Education sent a memo clarifying teacher cert requirements for private school teachers. The law has not changed. However, a couple of situations prompted the State Board to send clarification to the schools.

The State Boards’ expectation is that schools hire certified teachers for classrooms unless there is an exception for unusual competence or the teacher is teaching a subject not available in a public school. A certified teacher or administrator must then supervise that person. Please take a look at the memo for the specifics.

Your school may find people to hire for your classrooms with “unusual competence” that are supervised by a WA State-certified teacher, but the State Board expects that this is an exception to the law, not the standard.

WFIS has fielded schools’ questions this week about the law. If you would like to discuss how it applies to your school, please get in touch with Suzie at