Religious Exemption for Preschoolers

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?  …

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Religious Exemption Sample Letters

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…

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IEP and Notice of Intent

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…

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Testing Deadline Missed!

  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…

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Birth Dates Required by Superintendent

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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Assessment Evaluators

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…

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Homeschooling Another Person’s Child

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…

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Testing If No Longer Homeschooling

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…

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Diploma and Additional Documentation

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…

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How to Report Test Results

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…

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Testing Changes with the CAT

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…

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Testing If in Private School

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…

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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. Yes, you may black out the scores if your child took the history…

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Certified Tutor Teaching Time

Q. If I hire a certified teacher to teach my child, what percentage of the day am I required to teach him? A.  A certified teacher (also known as a certified tutor) who has complied with the law can do…

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Graduation Credits

Q. How many credits does a homeschooler need to graduate and get into college? A. There is no specific number of credits a homeschooler must have to graduate. It is up to the parent to decide when the course of…

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Graduation Requirements

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,…

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Jobs for Teens

Q. Where can a 14-year-old homeschooler find a summer job? Most places will hire teens that are 16 and older, but not a teen who needs a work permit. A. You may be able to find an entry-level job for…

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Curriculum Change Notification

Q. I changed my curriculum for one subject during the school year. Should I contact the superintendent’s office to let him know that I changed a subject on the description of curriculum list I sent last August? A. The law…

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Notice of Intent Recipient

Q. When filing a Notice of Intent, should I send it to the superintendent’s office or to the person listed on the school division’s website? They are two different people. A. The Virginia homeschool statue requires parents to “notify the…

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Last Date to Test

Q. What is the latest I should test? I want to make sure we finish all the material before testing.   A. I would suggest completing end-of-year tests no later than June. Once the test is mailed, you have no…

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SAT vs. Achievement Test

Q. Does a high school junior who has taken the SAT have to take the end of year test? I read it could replace the test for a senior. A. The SAT is not the same as a standardized achievement…

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SAT® and ACT® Test Difference

Q. What’s the difference between the SAT® and ACT® tests for college entrance? A. Both the SAT® (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exam and the ACT® (American College Testing) exam measure college readiness. A high school student who is planning to enter…

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Motivating Teens

Q. How can I keep my homeschool teen motivated? A. Teens–both boys and girls—are motivated by the things they are interested in doing. Think about what your teen likes to do in his spare time. What he’s interested in doing…

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AP Courses on Transcripts

Q. If I use an Advanced Placement (AP) text, can I call it an AP course and put it on my child’s transcript? A. The term “AP” is trade-marked by the College Board. You can designate a course as “AP”…

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Attending Prom

Q. This is our first year homeschooling, and our eldest son has been told he cannot attend public school events like the prom. Is there a law that allows homeschoolers to participate? A. There is no law that requires a…

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Transcript and Course Location

Q. On my teen’s high school transcript, should I list the place he took some of his courses—for example, high school courses taken online or at our local co-op?   A. A transcript is a very concise record of your…

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Test if Beginning Mid Year

Q. If I begin homeschooling in January, will I be required to test and send in the results by August 1? A. Yes, if you filed a Notice of Intent and begin homeschooling any time during the school year—even as…

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Testing with a Local School

Q. When I filed my Notice of Intent, the school district offered to test my child in the spring with the Iowa test. They said not many homeschoolers use this free service. Is there a reason? A. A few school…

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Testing a Young Child

Q. I have a young first-grader with a short attention span. Can you suggest a test that is acceptable to my school district? A. All standardized tests are acceptable; it is up to you to decide which test you would…

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