Washington K-12 Online Schools

Washington offers supplemental learning to some of grades K-5 and most of grades six through 12, with fully-online programs also available. Over 72,000 online courses are taken by children in grades K-12 in the state, and of the more than 23,000 course enrollments, 5,200 were online. While as of yet there are no virtual charter programs, a mixture of districts, consortia and 111 private providers offer online options. This includes 19 online course provides, 15 online program providers, 20 multi-district online school programs and 57 single-district online school programs.

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East Valley Online Learning K - 12 Spokane Both Live/On-Demand Public (509) 241-5097
Internet Academy K - 12 Federal Way Both Live/On-Demand Public (253) 945-2233
Mid-Columbia Partnership Virtual School K - 12 Kennewick Both Live/On-Demand Public (509) 222-5036
North Kitsap Virtual Academy K - 12 Poulsbo Both Live/On-Demand Public (360) 779-8727
Kent Virtual High School 9 - 12 N/A Both Live/On-Demand Public (877) 513-8977
Spokane Virtual Learning 9 - 12 Spokane Both Live/On-Demand Public (509) 354-7545
iQ Academy Washington 6 - 12 Vancouver Live/Synchronous Public (888) 899-4792
Insight School of Washington 9 - 12 Bellevue Live/Synchronous Public (866) 800-0017
Bethel Elementary Learning Academy K - 6 Graham On-Demand/Asynchronous Public (253) 683-8534
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Washington Online Colleges and Universities

As one of the more populous states in the country, Washington has a variety of state schools, 34 community colleges and several private colleges. Twenty-five of the state’s traditional schools offer online options, like the University of Washington, which has 50 certificate programs and several bachelor’s and master’s degrees available entirely online. The Seattle-based School of Visual Concepts offers two-year online degrees in such areas as advertising, copywriting and graphic design.

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Seattle Community College-North Campus 9600 College Way North Seattle +
Pierce College at Puyallup 1601 39th Ave SE Puyallup +
Walla Walla Community College 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla +
South Puget Sound Community College 2011 Mottman Rd SW Olympia +
Bates Technical College 1101 S Yakima Ave Tacoma +
Big Bend Community College 7662 Chanute St NE Moses Lake +
Spokane Falls Community College 3410 W Fort George Wright Dr Spokane +
Green River Community College 12401 SE 320th St Auburn +
Spokane Community College 1810 North Greene Street Spokane +
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State Colleges in Washington

Washington public schools are categorized as state schools and fall into two groups: community and technical colleges offering two-year degrees and post-secondary entities awarding four-year degrees and higher. The state is home to 34 community and technical colleges that grant associate degrees or certificates for both general education studies and job training in such subjects as engineering, health care and education. Students have access to online and hybrid courses–for example, Pierce College District’s associate degree program in business and human resources offers about three-quarters of the required credits online.

Private Colleges in Washington

Private colleges, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, vary in degree options as well as affiliations, and some provide technology-based coursework in addition to traditional on-campus classes. The School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, with about 100 students at any given time, awards two-year degrees in areas such as advertising, graphic design, copywriting and marketing. Courses and webcasts available via the Internet may target infographic creation or how to compile an online portfolio.

Washington Online Colleges Spotlight

University of Washington

The University of Washington is a cornerstone of distance education with over 50 certificate programs and free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on subjects ranging from engineering to mythology. Two bachelor’s degrees for distance students focus on early childhood education and integrated social sciences, a major that accommodates a variety of specializations.

Among the fully-online graduate programs are library and information science, applied mathematics, and aeronautics and astronautics. Certain options involve onsite studies–for example, the master’s degree program in sustainable transportation is 100 percent online, but adding a concentration in logistics requires campus visits.

More details about the University of Washington are available: http://www.pce.uw.edu/online/.

Washington State University

At the opposite end of the state from Seattle, in the vicinity of Pullman, online academics are alive and well. Washington State University offers about 20 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs in a variety of disciplines, ranging from baccalaureates in accounting and criminal justice to master’s degrees in special education and sport management.

Like other online schools in Washington, WSU has special requirements for its Web-based curriculum. From particular Internet speeds to specific versions of computer software and hardware, it’s important for students to have the right equipment before they sign up for classes. Along with classes via the Internet, students also have access to the online bookstore for textbooks.

For more on the Washington State University Online programs, visit: http://online.wsu.edu/.

Central Washington University

Through its digital arm, the university is able to offer nine undergraduate and eight graduate degrees alongside a varied set of certificate programs and over 300 individual classes. In addition to undergrad majors such as information technology and administrative management, minors are also available, including family studies and retail management and technology. Online certificates or endorsements span topics such as global literacy development, library media and nonprofit organization management. While many offerings are fully online, some hybrid options require in-person participation as well, such as the master’s degree program in health and physical education. For access to online classes, CWU lists specific technical criteria, including a minimum speed for network connectivity and other requirements for computer hardware, software and browser versions.

See more Central Washington University online learning programs: http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/

Western Governors University – Washington

This nonprofit university was created through a partnership between the state government and Western Governors University, which holds both regional and national accreditation. WGU Washington offers opportunities for competency-based education earned by demonstrating skills and knowledge in target subject areas.

WGU’s online undergraduate and graduate degrees reach an overall count of 57 bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Distinctive areas of interests are found within disciplines such as teacher education, health sciences, business or information technology. Resources for students include eBooks, dedicated mentors and virtual community interaction. While basic admission requirements typically follow those for general enrollment, distance programs may have specific requirements–the online bachelor’s degree in nursing is designed for practicing nurses with a registered nursing (RN) credential.

For more information on WGU Washington’s online programs, visit: http://washington.wgu.edu/

4 Year Colleges in Washington

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Seattle Community College-Central Campus Public 1701 Broadway Avenue Seattle +
Saint Martin's University Private not-for-profit 5000 Abbey Way SE Lacey +
Whitworth University-Adult Degree Programs Private not-for-profit 300 W Hawthorne Rd Spokane +
Gonzaga University Private not-for-profit E 502 Boone Ave Spokane +
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Public 1400 NE Campus Parkway Seattle +
Western Washington University Public 516 High Street Bellingham +
Seattle Pacific University Private not-for-profit 3307 3rd Ave W Seattle +
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Public 1900 Commerce St Tacoma +
Northwest University Private not-for-profit 5520 108th Ave NE Kirkland +
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Best Online Colleges and Universities in Washington

Best for Future Service Members

The Northwest is an excellent choice for post-secondary education, but not all online schools in Washington offer equivalent advantages for students interested in serving their country. To shine a light on some of the stronger choices, this list records Washington institutions that also provide at least two Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs. Here, undergraduate and graduate students can combine their academic endeavors with duty to the U.S. Army, Navy or Air Force. Congratulations to these colleges and universities for focusing on both affordable education and civic-mindedness.

Tuition City ROTC - Army ROTC - Navy ROTC - Air Force
Washington State University$10,874 Pullman Yes Yes Yes
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$11,305 Seattle Yes Yes Yes
Central Washington University$7,941 Ellensburg Yes No Yes

Best for Personal Attention

Washington has a demonstrated commitment to providing educational opportunities for all students, no matter their backgrounds or future goals, and this is evidenced in the number of institutions placing importance on individualized student attention. These online schools in Washington not only offer multiple degree programs, but also keep class sizes smaller than 20 students per faculty member, on average. What’s more, several of these high-contact schools have well over 5,000 students and still manage to keep class sizes small.

Bellevue College 20 to 1 22,452$3,523 Public Bellevue
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus 19 to 1 3,856$11,305 Public Tacoma
Centralia College 19 to 1 5,730$3,523 Public Centralia
Seattle Community College-South Campus 18 to 1 9,163$3,523 Public Seattle
Seattle Community College-Central Campus 18 to 1 11,828$3,523 Public Seattle
Peninsula College 17 to 1 4,470$4,126 Public Port Angeles
Lake Washington Institute of Technology 16 to 1 6,113$2,869 Public Kirkland
Washington State University 16 to 1 25,588$10,874 Public Pullman
Faith Evangelical College & Seminary 15 to 1 195$7,200 Private not-for-profit Tacoma
Seattle Pacific University 14 to 1 3,417$31,701 Private not-for-profit Seattle
Pacific Lutheran University 14 to 1 3,425$32,800 Private not-for-profit Tacoma
Northwest University 13 to 1 1,473$24,180 Private not-for-profit Kirkland
Saint Martin’s University 13 to 1 1,543$28,400 Private not-for-profit Lacey
Walla Walla University 13 to 1 1,815$24,360 Private not-for-profit College Place
Seattle University 13 to 1 5,065$34,200 Private not-for-profit Seattle
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 13 to 1 34,266$11,305 Public Seattle
Northwest Indian College 12 to 1 1,234$3,420 Public Bellingham
University of Puget Sound 12 to 1 2,736$40,040 Private not-for-profit Tacoma
Whitworth University 11 to 1 2,435$33,676 Private not-for-profit Spokane
Gonzaga University 11 to 1 5,135$33,160 Private not-for-profit Spokane
Whitman College 10 to 1 1,676$41,790 Private not-for-profit Walla Walla
Bastyr University 9 to 1 253$21,090 Private not-for-profit Kenmore
Heritage University 9 to 1 1,011$16,440 Private not-for-profit Toppenish
Trinity Lutheran College 8 to 1 173$23,400 Private not-for-profit Everett
Antioch University-Seattle 8 to 1 383$19,620 Private not-for-profit Seattle
Cornish College of the Arts 8 to 1 852$31,980 Private not-for-profit Seattle
City University of Seattle 8 to 1 1,224$14,440 Private not-for-profit Seattle
Whitworth University-Adult Degree Programs 7 to 1 467$11,400 Private not-for-profit Spokane

Best for Women in Technology

Certain technology programs from online schools in Washington provide an ideal environment for female students interested in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) studies. Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields, but these schools are trying to supply what women in those programs need to succeed. Whether they provide mentorship or create classroom gender ratios that are the same as for other programs, these schools go the extra mile for their female tech students.

University of Washington-Seattle Campus$12,383 Seattle 325 36,548 Public
Washington State University$12,300 Pullman 94 23,035 Public
Seattle University$34,800 Seattle 19 5,950 Private Not for Profit
Central Washington University$8,925 Ellensburg 17 9,826 Public
Eastern Washington University$7,933 Cheney 15 10,056 Public
Gonzaga University$33,652 Spokane 15 5,630 Private Not for Profit
University of Washington-Bothell Campus$11,911 Bothell 13 2,859 Public
Saint Martin’s University$28,740 Lacey 9 1,227 Private Not for Profit
Cornish College of the Arts$32,380 Seattle 9 814 Private Not for Profit
Western Washington University$8,805 Bellingham 5 13,400 Public

Best Schools Fighting for Families

Many social work students are drawn to the field in hopes of helping children and families, and now there may be more opportunities to do so than ever before. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts above average growth in this occupation between 2012 and 2022 thanks to an increased need for health care and social services. Work environments include hospitals, nursing homes, colleges and military bases, as well as private practices and the state or local government. Listed below are some of the best online schools in Washington for social work, where students experience the best of the Pacific Northwest while learning how to improve the lives of others.

University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle 606 448 158 $12,383 36,548
Eastern Washington University Cheney 226 189 37 $7,933 10,056
Walla Walla University College Place 113 90 23 $24,900 1,729
Western Washington University Bellingham 99 74 25 $8,805 13,400
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Tacoma 90 80 10 $11,902 2,758
Washington State University Pullman 85 46 39 $12,300 23,035
Central Washington University Ellensburg 77 48 29 $8,925 9,826
Seattle University Seattle 54 43 11 $34,800 5,950
Seattle Pacific University Seattle 42 34 8 $32,067 3,438
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma 38 30 8 $33,100 3,213
Gonzaga University Spokane 33 25 8 $33,652 5,630
University of Puget Sound Tacoma 28 22 6 $40,250 2,819
Whitman College Walla Walla 25 20 5 $42,105 1,566
Whitworth University Spokane 21 14 7 $34,346 2,259
Seattle Community College-Central Campus Seattle 15 12 3 $3,893 4,137
Heritage University Toppenish 14 12 2 $16,515 815