NOI Contact Information

Q. After receiving my Notice of Intent, the superintendent’s office is asking me to provide phone and email contact information. Is this required? A. The homeschool statute, §22.1-254.1, does not require a parent to provide personal contact information in order…

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Home Versus Public Schooling: Safety Tips

  Safety is one of the most important factors that have most likely determined you to homeschool your children. School shooting incidents remain fresh in the minds of concerned parents who wish to ensure their children enjoy the highest degree…

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Religious Exemption and Services

Q. Is speech therapy available for religiously exempt homeschoolers? A. A limited number of special-need services—usually speech and occupational (OT) therapy–should be available as an outreach to all students (homeschool and private school students) in the community through state and…

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Diploma Lost

Q. I’m about to send in my Notice of Intent, but I can’t find my diploma. Should I use option (iv) on the NOI? A. You can, but you have another option. Contact your high school or college and ask…

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Test Scores Lost or Late

Q. What happens if a parent fails to send in test scores or sends them in late? A. If a parent does not provide test results or an evaluation letter—or if a parent sends test results after the August 1…

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Birth Date and NOI

Q. I received a positive response to my Notice of Intent from the superintendent’s office, but on a separate slip of paper, they asked for my child’s birthdate in order to help with their recordkeeping. Am I required to send…

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Library Access

Q. Are homeschoolers allowed to use public school libraries? A. I am not aware of laws that allow or prohibit the use of public school libraries; however, local school policy may prohibit it. Because of safety and security issues, the…

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SOLs and Reenrollment

Q. Is there a law that requires homeschooled students to make up missed SOL’s if they re-enrolled in public school? A. Public schools may—and often do—require SOL testing for transfer students, whether from homeschools, private schools, or out-of-state schools. If…

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GED and Financial Aid

Q. My graduate plans to enroll in a community college. He has been told he will need a GED in order to receive student financial aid. Is this correct? A. In 2012 new federal student aid eligibility laws were enacted…

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AP Test

Q. My teen would like to take the Japanese AP exam from the public school next year. They do not offer this course. Can she still take the exam at the school? A. Yes, §22.1-254.1(F) states that local school boards…

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Notice of Intent with Questions

Q. My superintendent sent a Notice of Intent with lots of additional questions. What should I do? A. Some school districts develop their own Notice of Intent (NOI) forms. They sometimes ask for more information than the law requires. You…

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Evaluator Requirements

Q. What do I need to do to become certified as an evaluator for homeschool students? A. Special training or evaluator certification is not required to become an evaluator for homeschooled students. The testing statute, 22.1-254.1 (C), states the parent…

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Testing and the Composite Score

Q. When testing, do you administer all or part of the standardized achievement test? A. The Virginia homeschool statute, § 22.1-254.1 (C), requires a composite score in or above the 4th stanine on a standardized achievement test. A composite score…

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Testing Level

Q. Which test level should I use to show educational progress? The one for the present year or the one for the year my child will be entering next fall? A. Unless the test publisher gives different ordering instructions, a…

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Evaluation Letter Contents

Q. What should be included in an evaluation letter? A. An evaluation letter should be written on letterhead with contact information and signed with the evaluator’s title and credentials. He may want to include documents that substantiate his educational background…

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Withdrawing from School

Q. What do I do if I want to take my child out of school to homeschool now? A. First, fill out a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction form (NOI) or write a personal letter to the superintendent….

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Testing Early

Q. I tested my son in October when we began homeschooling. Can I submit these test results or do I need to test him again? A. A baseline test early in the year may provide helpful information as you begin…

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Evaluating Your Own Child

Q. Since I have a teaching license, can I evaluate my own child rather than use a standardized achievement test? A. The law allows a parent who has complied with the homeschool statute (filed a Notice of Intent form) to…

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Certified Tutor and Notice of Intent

Q. If I file under the certified tutor statute, do I also need to provide a Notice of Intent? A. If you comply with the certified tutor statute by sending a letter and your credentials for the superintendent’s approval, do…

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Homeschool Diplomas

Q. How do I get a diploma when my teen is ready to graduate? We use a correspondence school, but I prefer a Virginia diploma. A. A homeschool student will not receive a diploma from the Commonwealth of Virginia since…

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SAT, PSAT & ACT Enactment Date

Q. Can I use the PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores in lieu of standardized test scores for my high school student this year? A. HB 1754 and SB 1403 have both passed and are now awaiting Governor McAuliffe’s signature before…

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Test Level

Q. Our son is working below grade level on some subjects, though he tested fine on the end-of-year, grade-level test. After I submitted his results, the school district indicated he should test at the next higher grade level. I don’t…

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Immunizations and Homeschoolers

Q. If I send in a Notice of Intent, does that mean I must comply with the immunization requirements? A. The law requires all children to be immunized, including children who are homeschooled under the home-instruction statute, the certified-tutor statute,…

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Testing If Child Is 18

Q. If my child turns 18 this year, do I need to I notify the superintendent? And will we be required by law to provide testing scores for this past school year? A. No, the law does not require you…

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Goochland County Concerns

Q. I’m very concerned about religious exemption in Goochland County. Do their school board policies affect me in my county? A. If you live in another county, they do not affect you. However, other school boards may also establish similar…

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Scholarships

Q. Does HEAV have any scholarships for homeschool seniors? A. I’m sorry, HEAV does not have scholarships available this year; however, we expect to fund a 2016 scholarship through part of the proceeds of this year’s Silent Auction* at the June…

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Homeschooling Preschoolers

Q. I am thinking about homeschooling my preschooler. Can you recommend any resources? A. The preschool years are a wonderful time to teach because young children are so eager to learn. We have lots of information and numerous resources that…

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Calling a Legislator

Q. What can I expect to happen when I call my senator or delegate regarding a bill that affects homeschoolers? I want to call, but I’m not sure what to say. A. When you call your legislator’s office, you can…

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Getting Connected

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…

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Ordering License Plates

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…

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