Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


What is PAL?
The Parent Assisted Learning Program is an optional program that serves families with children in grades K-12, whose parents have chosen to take a direct instructional role in their child’s education.

Who is responsible for the curriculum?

Curriculum is designed collaboratively between staff, parent and student according to Washington Common Core State Standards.

What is the cost?

This is a North Kitsap public school program funded by the state.

What kind of diploma can I earn?

Students meeting graduation requirements receive a North Kitsap School District diploma recognized as a valid high school diploma by the state of Washington.

What are the attendance requirements at PAL?

The State of Washington mandates two ways to satisfy attendance:

    • A one-hour weekly one-on-one meeting between advisor, parent and student; or,
    • For K-8 students: attend a weekly block class with a group of PAL students and meet with a PAL advisor as scheduled.

What if I have curriculum that I want to use?

Materials used to meet Common Core State Standards as outlined in Alternative Education Learning Plans for each student must be approved by the school board. Families can use other curriculum, but those will be considered xupplemental and not part of the school learning plan.

How am I graded?

K-5 students are evaluated by their parents. 6th, 7th and 8th graders receive an “S” for satisfactory completion of coursework. High school students receive letter grades.

What is the parent role?

The parent is expected to supervise the student work and attend weekly advisor meetings with their student. The parent is also required to be available 25 hours per week to assist/teach their student.

What if I miss an appointment?

Students may miss no more than three block classes or advisor meetings per semester.  Lack of attendance will result in being dropped from the program.

How many hours do I have to spend on schoolwork?

K :    10 hours/week

1-3:   20 hours/week

4-12:   25 hours/week

Part time:  6.5 hours/course/week       

What kind of classes does PAL offer?

For a list of courses offered, click on the course link on the left side of the web page.

What is a shared student?

A shared student is enrolled in at least half of his/her school courses at PAL. The remainder of the courses are taken at NKHS, KJH, PJH, Spectrum, or the Skills Center.

How do I get credit for my job?

A student can enroll in Work Based Learning to earn credit.

How can I get credit for things I do outside of school?

Experiential learning can be incorporated into course contracts for academic credit and is one of the main benefits of being a part of PAL.

How do I do complete my credits?

Students complete assignments in course contracts, record relevant experiences and activities, and document time spent in order to fulfill course requirements.

What resources and services are available?

PAL provides curriculum and materials, a computer lab, a small student library, block classes and labs to enhance coursework, and an academic counselor, as well as instructional support.

Do you have graduation?

PAL has our own graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of each individual student.

What are your hours?

Our office is open from 8:00 to 3:00, Monday through Friday, following the school district schedule. Conferences may be scheduled outside those hours as necessary.

The PAL calendar can be found by clicking on the calendar link on the left side of the PAL web pages.

What kind of student could benefit from going to PAL?

PAL serves a diverse population of students. Come visit us to see if PAL might be for you.

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