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Jobs for Teens

Posted on Mar 26 2014 by admin

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 a young teen in the private business sector. Large corporations often have set policies that […]

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Curriculum Change Notification

Posted on Mar 16 2014 by admin

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 requires a parent to provide a description of curriculum (limited to a list of subjects) […]

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Notice of Intent Recipient

Posted on Mar 11 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 division superintendent” of their intention to homeschool their child. Because of the number of homeschoolers, […]

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Last Date to Test

Posted on Mar 4 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 control over the mail service or the time it will take for the testing company […]

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SAT vs. Achievement Test

Posted on Feb 23 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 test. The Virginia homeschool statute (§22.1-254.1(C)) requires “evidence that the child has attained a composite […]

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SAT® and ACT® Test Difference

Posted on Feb 19 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 a four-year college as a freshman usually takes either the SAT® exam or the ACT® […]

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Motivating Teens

Posted on Feb 9 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 is usually what he’s good at doing. Try to incorporate a study of his interests […]

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AP Courses on Transcripts

Posted on Jan 26 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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” only if it meets the standards of the College Board. According to a spokesman for […]

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Attending Prom

Posted on Jan 23 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 public school to allow a homeschooler to participate in public school extracurricular activities. The law […]

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Transcript and Course Location

Posted on Jan 8 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 high school student’s education. It should fit on one page, in a format that is […]

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Test if Beginning Mid Year

Posted on Dec 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 late as April or May—you are required to submit test or evaluation  results by August […]

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Testing with a Local School

Posted on Dec 10 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 districts, but not all, offer free testing for homeschooled students. They use the test they […]

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Testing a Young Child

Posted on Dec 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 like to use. You might consider looking at the California Achievement Test (CAT). Most sections […]

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Religious Exemption Moving Within the State

Posted on Nov 17 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Our religious exemption has been recognized by our school board, but now we plan to move to another city in Virginia. Do we have to go through the religious exemption process again? A. No, your school board complied with the Virginia religious exemption statute and acted on behalf of the state of Virginia when […]

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Religious Exemption Form

Posted on Nov 6 2013 by admin

Q. I mailed a religious exemption letter to my county school board, and the superintendent responded by sending me a religious exemption form to fill out.  Must I provide both a letter and a form? A. The law does NOT require a parent to complete a religious exemption form. Forms often ask for more information […]

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Date of Birth Required

Posted on Oct 27 2013 by admin

Q. My superintendent’s office says my child’s date of birth is required for their database. Does the homeschool law require that I provide this information? A. The homeschool law does not require parents to submit a child’s date of birth in order to homeschool. A child’s name and identifiers such as DOB or a social […]

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Voting For School Board Members

Posted on Oct 19 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. In my district, some school board members are on the ballot. Is voting for local school board members important for homeschoolers since we are not in the public school system? A. Yes, it is! Because a school board member’s actions can directly or indirectly affect homeschoolers, it’s important to know the background of school […]

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Special-Needs Requirements

Posted on Oct 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are there extra requirements to homeschool a child with special needs? Are they still eligible for services like speech and occupational therapy (OT)? A. A child with special needs has the right to be homeschooled, and the parents of a child with special needs has the same rights to homeschool as any other parent […]

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Common Core Curriculum Alignment

Posted on Oct 9 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How can I find out if my homeschool curriculum is aligned with the Common Core? Is there a list to which I can refer? A. The Educational Freedom Coalition has attempted to contact every homeschool curriculum and resource provider to determine their alignment with the Common Core (CC). They have had an 88% response […]

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Common Core Questions

Posted on Sep 29 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can you direct me to a fact-based, not opinion-oriented, article about the Common Core? A. I have not found an article that is only fact-based or neutral on the subject of the Common Core (CC). Just as education is NOT neutral, neither is the CC a neutral program. Every article I’ve read comes from […]

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Proof of Graduation

Posted on Sep 25 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. My superintendent’s response letter says I must provide proof by August 1 next year that my twelfth-grade student has completed homeschooling. Does the law require that? A.The homeschool statute does NOT require you supply proof to the superintendent that your student has completed home instruction. The purpose of the August 1 evaluation deadline is […]

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No Response from Superintendent

Posted on Sep 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I filed my NOI in early August and haven’t had a response yet from the superintendent’s office. Should I be concerned? A. There is no reason to be concerned. The superintendent is not required to send a response to parents who file a Notice of Intent, although most do respond as a courtesy. If […]

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Beginning After the Deadline

Posted on Sep 8 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I begin homeschooling now, even though it’s past the August deadline? A. Yes, according to the homeschool statute. Parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline for two reasons: 1) if they move into a new school division or 2) if they decide to homeschool after the school year begins. The Virginia […]

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Evaluation Not Accepted

Posted on Sep 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If the superintendent decides the evaluation letter I sent is not acceptable, what might I expect to happen? Now that it is past the August 1 deadline, have I missed the opportunity to do anything else? A. As long as you provided evaluation information prior to the August 1 deadline, you have complied with […]

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Submitting A Portfolio

Posted on Aug 25 2013 by admin

Q. I want to prepare a portfolio for next year. What do I need to do and how is it evaluated? A. The law doesn’t address portfolios directly, but they can be used for an evaluation or assessment. Begin by compiling samples of your child’s best work in a notebook or scrapbook from the beginning […]

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Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

Posted on Aug 18 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can Virginia homeschoolers use Coverdell Education Savings Accounts for homeschool expenses? A. Public, private, and homeschool families can use Coverdell Education Savings Accounts to save for college costs. At the present time, however, ESA funds can only be used for K-12 public or private schools. There are only 14 states in which home education […]

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Sign Language

Posted on Aug 11 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Is sign language accepted by colleges for a foreign language? A. Sign language usually does not meet the foreign language requirement for most college entrance requirements. You can use the course for high school graduation credits, but it probably will not be accepted by a college. However, the best thing to do is check […]

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State-Recognized Diploma

Posted on Aug 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. My teen’s college application asks if he has received a state-recognized high school diploma. How should I respond? A. Without directly saying “no,” I would explain how the Virginia homeschool laws may differ from other state homeschool laws. I suggest you state that under the homeschool statute of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the state […]

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Driver’s Ed in Planning District Eight

Posted on Jul 28 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

This Q&A originally ran in 2011, and has been updated for 2013. Q. I understand my teen and I must take a new 90-minute course in order for her to get a driver’s license. Where do we take the course? A. You may or may not be required to take the course. A DMV law, […]

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Percentile Test Scores

Posted on Jul 21 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I compute the percentile score for my child’s standardized achievement test? Is it an average or do some parts have more weight? A. A standardized achievement test is not like the subject tests you give during the year. Parents don’t have the information that is needed to compute a percentile score. The […]

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