Our Purpose


Writing Home is a “tool” not a school.  We are dedicated to encouraging home educators in and around the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State.  Our courses include English composition and literature, science, World History/Bible, and algebra for students in 2nd grade through high school. Parents remain accountable for their child’s education (according to Washington State’s Home Based Instruction Laws) and contract a portion of their responsibilities with us.  We provide lessons, homework assignments, tests and grade reports. Courses meet for 1-4 hours each week at Miracle Ranch in Port Orchard.

We are Jim and Kim Baumgaertel, and Dave and Jane Mealey.  Since the establishment of Writing Home in 1987, we have taught an average of one hundred home educated students each year, along with all nine kids from our two families.  Jane and Kim have degrees in education and taught in a Christian school before meeting our husbands; Dave and Jim are retired from PSNS and have been teaching at Writing Home for the past five years.

Foremost, we are followers of Jesus and will teach every class from a Biblical viewpoint – not only science and world history, but also English composition and literature. Our Biblical View of Education statement can be found here.