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Change to Waiver Administration

Effective January 1, 2019, the administration of the waiver of instructional time requirement was transferred to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Rulemaking and administration of waivers from graduation requirements remain with the State Board of Education.


Waivers of the Basic Education Program and High School Graduation Requirements

SBE-administered Waivers: 

  • Emergency Waiver Program: waiver of certain graduation requirements (180-11 WAC)
  • Waiver of the Credit-based High School Graduation Requirements: to create and implement alternative graduation requirements (180-18-055 WAC)
    • A school district, or high school with permission of the district board of directors, or approved private high school, desiring to implement a local restructuring plan to provide an effective educational system to enhance the educational program for high school students, may apply to the state board of education for a waiver from one or more of the requirements of chapter 180-51 WAC. To apply for a waiver of the Credit-based High School Graduation Requirements, please reach out to Alissa Muller. Download a copy of the questions or prompts for the Application, or access it here: Waiver of Credit-Based High School Graduation Requirements.

Waivers granted from the credit unit graduation requirements of WAC 180-51.

District School # of Years Granted Expires
Davenport Lincoln County Tech and Pathways 4 July 2021 2021-2025
Northshore Innovation Learning Lab 4 June 2023 2026-2027
Cle Elum-Roslyn Swiftwater Learning Center 4 April 2023 2026-2027
Snoqualmie Valley Two Rivers School  4 August 2023 2026-2027
Tonasket Tonasket Choice High School 4 April 2023 2026-2027
Ellensburg K-12 Ellensburg Learning Center 4 June 2023 2026-2027
Federal Way

Career Academy at Truman, Federal Way Open Doors

4 May 2021 2024-2025

Big Picture High School

Maritime High School



April 2023

March 2021



Issaquah Gibson Ek High School 4 March 2020 2023-2024
Lake Chelan Chelan School of Innovation 4 September 2022 2025-2026
Marysville Tulalip Heritage High School 4 September 2022 2025-2026
Methow Valley  Independent Learning Center 4 March 2021 2023-2024
Quincy Quincy Innovation Academy 4 September 2022 2025-2026

OSPI-administered waivers: