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Getting Connected

Posted on Dec 15 2014 by admin

Q. I’m planning to homeschool in January. What is the best way to get my questions answered, connect with other homeschoolers, and find out about homeschool events?   A. Connecting with other homeschoolers is a great way to begin. Not only will you know what’s going on, but you’ll find encouragement along the way! I […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Ordering License Plates

Posted on Dec 7 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How can I get an “Education Begins at Home” license plate? I’m so encouraged when I see them on cars! A. Since 2005 when HEAV initiated legislation in Virginia to create the first homeschool license plate in the nation—“Education Begins at Home,” anyone can order the plate from the DMV website. It’s a great […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Homeschooling Numbers

Posted on Nov 23 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How many homeschoolers are in Virginia? A. According to the Virginia Department of Education’s official records for the 2013-2014 school year, there are a total of 35,858 homeschoolers in Virginia. View the statistics by county and city here. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/enrollment/home_school_religious_exempt/index.shtml Share/Bookmark

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by Yvonne Bunn

How to Evaluate a Child

Posted on Nov 15 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. For an evaluation, it says the child must show progress. Since my special needs child is behind in several subjects, will that affect her evidence of progress? A. Being behind in some subjects would be more evident on a standardized achievement test than on an evaluation. When doing an evaluation, there are several ways […]

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Transferring Credits to Public School

Posted on Nov 8 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If I decide to transfer my high school student into public school, will they accept his homeschool credits? A. Based on Virginia law, each school district makes its own policies for students transferring into government schools. School divisions are NOT REQUIRED to accept credits from non-accredited schools, including private schools or homeschools. At the […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

CAT-5 Test Change

Posted on Nov 1 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I understand the CAT-5 survey test is being phased out. Is there another test that covers only what the law requires? A. The TerraNova test is replacing the outdated California Achievement test (CAT). It is published by the same company and is comparable in many ways. You can choose any standardized achievement test. Regardless of […]

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PSAT Changes in 2015

Posted on Oct 27 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I know the SAT exam is being redesigned, but will the PSAT change, too? A. Yes, the College Board is revising the PSAT/NMSQT test along with the SAT. The new PSAT exam is scheduled to be in the hands of students by October 2015. It is designed to prepare students for the new SAT […]

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Records from Public School

Posted on Oct 16 2014 by admin

Q. Can I get a copy of my child’s public school records? I am not sure what my legal rights are. A. Yes, you may go to your child’s previous school and request a copy of the record from the office. According to the Freedom of Information Act, referenced in § 2.2-3705.4 (1), a parent […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

National Spelling Bee

Posted on Oct 5 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do homeschoolers enroll in the 2015 National Spelling Bee? A. Homeschool support groups or co-ops can enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee just like other students. Fees are the same for all types of schools whether public, private, or homeschool. Early registration closes October 15 with a discounted fee of $130 per […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Boys State

Posted on Sep 27 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can homeschool students participate in Boys State? A. Until recently, homeschooled students could not participate in Boys State, but through the hard work of interested homeschool parents, they now have the opportunity to be elected to Boys State. Qualified students who have completed the 11th grade may apply. Official requirements for homeschoolers can be […]

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K12 Virtual School

Posted on Sep 22 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can K12 be used as a homeschooling curriculum? A. K12 curriculum can be used in one of two ways: 1) as the curriculum for a virtual public school at home; or 2) as the curriculum for a homeschooled student whose parent has complied with the homeschool statute (filed a Notice of Intent.) If a […]

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PSAT® Test Registration

Posted on Sep 14 2014 by Maya

Q. Where do I register my high school student for the PSAT®? A. A homeschooler must register for the PSAT® at the local public high school in the school district in which he resides or another school close by. Some larger private schools also provide the test. The parent should speak to the school principal […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Notification Deadline Passed

Posted on Sep 8 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Is it too late to begin homeschooling now? A. No, it’s not too late to begin homeschooling. Parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline if they move into a new school division, or if they decide to homeschool after the school year begins. §22.1-254.1 (B) states, “Any parent who moves into a […]

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Special Needs and Parents’ Rights

Posted on Aug 31 2014 by admin

Q. May I remove my preschooler with special needs from school and educate him at home? Are there additional requirements? A. According to the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), school districts must locate, identify, and evaluate children aged 3–22 who have disabilities affecting educational performance. Local school systems then provide special-education services to these […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Finding a Support Group

Posted on Aug 26 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Now that I’ve started homeschooling, where can I find a support group? A. HEAV has a list of local support groups and co-ops on the HEAV website. Groups are listed by county, city, and region. The list includes contact information and a description of the services and activities each group provides. If you’re already […]

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Religious Exemption for Preschoolers

Posted on Aug 17 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I would like to seek a religious exemption for my three-year-old preschooler since, as a parent, I have been teaching him from birth. Can I send a letter to the school board for my child at any age?   A. When sending a letter to the school board regarding religious exemption, you are asking […]

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Religious Exemption Sample Letters

Posted on Aug 12 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are there sample letters for pastors or friends to go with a religious exemption letter?   A. The law does not require parents to include additional letters from pastors or friends supporting their beliefs; however, letters of support may be helpful in a school board’s decision-making process. HEAV does not have sample letters for […]

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IEP and Notice of Intent

Posted on Aug 3 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Since my child had an IEP, is there anything extra I need to do when I file my Notice of Intent? A. Even though your child had an IEP for public school, there is nothing additional you need to do when filing to homeschool your child. Like all parents who comply with the homeschool […]

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Testing Deadline Missed!

Posted on Jul 29 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

  Q. What can I do if I miss the August 1 testing deadline? A. Although the deadline is very close, you still have a few options. An online version of the California Achievement Test is available for students in grades 2-12. The test can be taken online and the results are provided immediately after […]

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Birth Dates Required by Superintendent

Posted on Jul 20 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Am I required to provide my child’s date of birth on my city’s Notice of Intent form? A. No, the Virginia homeschool law, §22.1-254.1, DOES NOT require parents to disclose the birth dates or the grade levels of their children in order to homeschool. Many parents are concerned about privacy issues. A name and […]

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Assessment Evaluators

Posted on Jul 12 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Who can evaluate my child in order to comply with the law? A. The answer depends on the option you have chosen for the evaluation. If you have filed a Notice of Intent form, you have several options for showing your child’s progress by August 1 each year. You may use a standardized achievement […]

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Homeschooling Another Person’s Child

Posted on Jun 24 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have looked at the VA laws and can not find any clear word on whether it is legal or not to homeschool someone else’s child. A. The homeschool statute is written to allow parents to teach their own children. It also refers to two other people: 1) a Virginia certified teacher (known as […]

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Testing If No Longer Homeschooling

Posted on Jun 15 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Do I still have to submit test scores if I’ve decided not to homeschool next year? A. A-The law says if you provide home instruction, you must provide either testing results or an evaluation or assessment for the previous homeschool school year by August 1. §22.2-254.1(C) states the following: The parent who elects to […]

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Testing – How to Report

Posted on Jun 9 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and score sheet to the test provider at the address listed in the test instructions. It […]

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Diploma and Additional Documentation

Posted on Jun 1 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’ll be submitting my diploma to fulfill the required proof of eligibility to homeschool. Since my diploma has my maiden name on it, should I also send my marriage certificate to show that I am the person listed on the diploma? A. The law requires you to show evidence of how you have complied […]

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How to Report Test Results

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and score sheet to the test provider at the address listed in the test instructions. It […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Testing for Language Arts and Math Only

Posted on May 18 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Is there a test available that only has the language and math parts? I understand if I use a regular test, I do not have to use the other subject areas, but I feel that looks bad when we turn in our results. A. A few test publishers provide a survey version of standardized […]

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Testing Changes with the CAT

Posted on May 14 2014 by admin

Q. Is the California Achievement Test (CAT) still available for testing? A. Some test suppliers no longer carry the CAT-5 version of the California Achievement test because it is considered an old test; it was nationally normed in 1992. The CAT-5 has outdated vocabulary and pictures to which many young students cannot relate. The demand […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Testing If in Private School

Posted on May 5 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Should I send in test scores if my child is enrolled in a private school for her core classes, and I homeschool her for only one subject? A. You may or may not have to provide test scores, depending on what you did at the beginning of the school year. If you filed a Notice […]

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Blackout Test Results

Posted on Apr 19 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Should I black out the test results for history and science on my child’s standardized achievement test before sending in the scores to the superintendent? A. Yes, you may black out the scores if your child took the history and science portions of a standardized achievement test. However, it is not necessary for your […]

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