Birth Dates on NOI

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…

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Testing If Moving in the Spring

  Q. We’ll be moving out of state in June. Am I required to test and send a copy of the results to the superintendent? A. If you have filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) and will be moving out…

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Homeschooling Someone Else’s Child

Q. Can another homeschool parent teach my son (kindergarten student) since he’s not responding well to me? A. It may be possible for another parent to teach your child as long as you comply with the law. How a child…

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Returning to Government High School

Q. I’ve just started homeschooling and am looking for an accredited curriculum. I may send my teen back to high school next year. What do you suggest? A. Whether a curriculum is accredited or non-accredited is not critical to homeschooling…

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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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Homeschool Independent Hearing

Q. I’m not in agreement with a decision my district superintendent has made regarding my homeschooling. Is there anything I can do? A. If you have complied with the home instruction law as described in §22.1-254.1, and you have exhausted…

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Homeschoolers Under Option 4

Q. How do I comply with Option iv of the homeschool statute? A. If you choose to use Option iv in order to homeschool, you must provide evidence, usually in the form of a typed letter, that you can provide…

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Homeschoolers and Scripps Spelling Bee

Q. How do homeschoolers enroll in the 2018 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,…

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Forgot the NOI Deadline

Q. Oh, no! What should I do if I forgot to send in my Notice of Intent by the August 15th deadline? A. If you’ve homeschooled previously and the deadline slipped up on you this year, I suggest you call…

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Notice Of Intent for Virginia Homeschoolers: A Q&A Roundup!

In Virginia, homeschoolers are required to submit their Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction (NOI) by August 15 for the upcoming school year. Every year, we get many questions—from new homeschoolers and veterans alike—about specific situations and how to…

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Approval of NOI

Q. I received a call saying they were waiting for the superintendent’s “approval” of my Notice of Intent. I thought I didn’t need to get “approval.” A. You are correct. Parents file a notice that shows their intent to homeschool and how…

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Transcript vs. Diploma on NOI

Q. Is there any disadvantage to providing a transcript rather than a copy of a diploma when submitting my Notice of Intent? A. Both a diploma and transcript are acceptable and are of equal value.  If you cannot find your…

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Composite Score and List of Subjects

Q. I have been told that I should teach and submit only what is required by the law and that is language arts and math. I can teach other subjects, but I don’t have to list them. Is this correct? A….

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Religious Exemptions with Letters

Q. If I want to homeschool under religious exemption, should I have others write additional letters? A. Sending or not sending additional letters for religious exemption is a decision each family must make for themselves. I’m not an attorney and…

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EOY Test Evaluator

Q. Can a homeschool evaluator be retired? The person I would like to evaluate my child is a retired teacher who does not currently have a teaching license but does have a master’s degree. A. The Virginia homeschool law states…

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Blackout Test Results

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. While a parent may black out history and science scores on an achievement…

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Withholding a Child

Q. In my notice of intent last August, I placed my child in the eighth grade. I’d like to change that now and give him the seventh-grade, end-year test. I would then place him in eighth grade next year. Will…

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Sign Language as Foreign Language

Is sign language accepted by colleges for a foreign language for Virginia homeschoolers? American Sign Language (ASL) is accepted by ALL public Virginia colleges, but the picture is less clear when it comes to private or out-of-state colleges. Read more…

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Birth Date on NOI

Do Virginia homeschoolers need to include their child’s birth date on their notice of intent to homeschool? Some school officials request a child’s date of birth on a notice of intent to homeschool, but parents are not required to comply….

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Homeschool Under Option 4

What do I need to satisfy the requirements for homeschooling in Virginia under Option 4 of the homeschool law? Parents who choose to homeschool under Option 4 of the Virginia Homeschool Statute, must provide evidence of their ability to homeschool…

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Homeschool Under Option 1

What do I need to satisfy the requirements for homeschooling in Virginia under Option 1 of the homeschool law? Parents who choose to homeschool under Option 1 of the Virginia Homeschool Statute, must submit a diploma along with their Notice…

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Description of Curriculum

What must Virginia homeschoolers include in their description of curriculum on their notice of intent? On our blog, Yvonne Bunn demystifies Virginia homeschool law and helps beginners get started homeschooling. Questions about getting started homeschool or filing a notice of…

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Sign Language College Credit

Q. Is sign language accepted by colleges for a foreign language for Virginia homeschoolers? A. American Sign Language (ASL) is accepted by ALL public Virginia colleges. As of October 1, 2016, ASL legislation passed making ASL accepted for the foreign…

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PSAT vs. Standardized Achievement Test

Can the PSAT be used in place of a standardized achievement test for end-of-year homeschool testing in  Virginia? What are the differences between the PSAT and the SAT? On our blog, Yvonne Bunn demystifies Virginia homeschool law and helps beginners…

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Virginia Homeschool Early Graduation

Can I graduate my homeschooled students who are age 16 or 17 under Virginia homeschool law, and do I need to ask permission from the local superintendent? Tune in each week to hear Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of homeschool support,…

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Virginia Homeschool Certified Tutor Statute

The requirements of the certified tutor statute are different from those of option II of the Virginia homeschool statute. Do you know the difference? This week, Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of homeschool support, discusses the circumstances by which Virginia homeschooling…

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Virginia Homeschool Legislative Update

The HEAV legislative team has reviewed almost 3,000 bills during this legislative session. We are closely following more than 30 bills online and in committee. The trend is for more innovation in education, and we are following numerous bills and…

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