Q. The Virginia graduation requirements say my teen must earn a board-approved career and technical education credential and complete one virtual course. Is this a new graduation requirement?

A. Yes, this is a new requirement for public school students. However, these course requirements are NOT for homeschooled students—they are only for public school students who are working toward obtaining a standard diploma. Homeschoolers are not required to follow the same course of study prescribed for public school graduation.

You will plan the four-year course of study your teen will complete during high school. Your student will not receive a standard public school diploma when she graduates from homeschool. Instead, you will provide your own transcript and homeschool diploma. These parent-signed documents are accepted by colleges, the workforce, and the military.

You can get even more of your high school questions answered at our upcoming seminar: High School at Home: The Path to Success, scheduled for April 25 at the HEAV office. We discuss high school topics such as grades, courses, credits, transcripts, diplomas, and how to teach the “hard” subjects. See this link for more information: http://heav.org/resources/homeschool-success-seminars/

I hope this helps.