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by Yvonne Bunn

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 admin

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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Immunization Reporting

Posted on Jul 14 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Do I need to send immunization records to the superintendent along with my Notice of Intent? A.  According to §22.1-271.4 of the Virginia law, parents are NOT required to submit proof of immunization unless the local division superintendent specifically requests it. “Upon request by the division superintendent, the parent shall submit to such division […]

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High School Credits

Posted on Jul 7 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. About how many hours of high school work equals one credit hour for a transcript? A. There are several acceptable ways to calculate a high school credit hour. Your teen could complete a high-school-level text–not every problem or page–but at least 75% of the book. It should take about one year to complete. Or […]

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Tester’s Credentials

Posted on Jun 22 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. The superintendent’s office has requested to see my tester’s credentials. Am I required to supply that information with the test results? A. No, if you have complied with the homeschool statute and have chosen to use a standardized achievement test, the law requires you to only submit a copy of the test results by […]

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Certified Tutors and Testing

Posted on Jun 19 2013 by admin

Q. I’m a certified teacher, and I’ve received a letter saying that I must send testing results by August 1. Is this correct? A. It depends on how you filed last year. There are two ways Virginia certified teachers (tutors) can comply with the law. If you sent a letter to the superintendent referencing the […]

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Religious Exemption

Posted on Jun 12 2013 by admin

Q. I’ve filed a Notice of Intent for several years, and have now decided to change to religious exemption. Do I have to explain why I didn’t initially file under religious exemption?   A. If you write a letter to the school board expressing your religious convictions, it is not required to mention that you […]

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Transcript Course Placement

Posted on May 26 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q.  If a high school student takes a summer course, where do I include that credit–in the year just finished or the year ahead? A.  It is really up to you where to place a summer course; you may place it either in the previous school year or the upcoming school year. Homeschoolers are not […]

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Work Permits

Posted on May 22 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Does my 15-year-old homeschooler need a work permit before trying to find a summer job? What forms does he need and where does he get them? A. In general, all 14- and 15-year-old students–who do not work for their parents in a family-owned business–must obtain a work permit. Students who are 16 or older […]

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Keeping Records

Posted on May 5 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Am I required to keep any records for my homeschooled children? A. The homeschool law does not require you to keep your children’s work or maintain academic records. These are private documents and you are not required to submit these records to the superintendent. Of course, you can keep grades, plan books, projects, pictures, […]

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Skipping a Grade

Posted on Apr 28 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. My child is very advanced. Can she skip a grade, and if so, should I notify the superintendent’s office? A. If your child is advanced in all subjects at her present grade level, you could skip a grade. The Notice of Intent does not include information about grade level, so you can file the […]

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Virtual vs. Homeschool

Posted on Apr 21 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’m confused. Can you tell me the difference between a virtual school offered by the public schools and a homeschool? In both situations, the student stays home to learn. A. A virtual school is a public school at home. Although education is taking place in your home and there are some benefits, the content and […]

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Days and Hours

Posted on Apr 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are homeschoolers required to follow the public-school required days and hours of instruction? A. In 22.1-254 (A) the law says in part that parents shall homeschool “…during the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as public schools.” However, the […]

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Testing with the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

Posted on Apr 7 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Why would the PSAT, SAT or ACT not qualify for a homeschooler’s standardized achievement test? A. The PSAT, SAT, and ACT provide different types of information than a standardized achievement test. The homeschool law states that a parent must submit the results of a standardized achievement test or an independent evaluation each year. Standardized […]

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Testing Subsections

Posted on Apr 1 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What parts of a standardized achievement test should my child take in order to satisfy the testing requirement? A. The law requires a “composite score” in or above the fourth stanine (23rd percentile) in order to continue homeschooling. A composite score is made up of the mathematics and language arts portions of a standardized […]

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Superintendents’ Addresses

Posted on Mar 26 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Where do I send the results of a standardized achievement test or evaluation? A. If you complied with the homeschool law 22.1-254.1 by filing a Notice of Intent or writing a letter to your division superintendent, you should send your test results or evaluation letter to the same person–your local superintendent or his designee. […]

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Governor’s Schools

Posted on Mar 20 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can homeschooled students participate in Governor’s Schools and if so, who pays?   A. Gifted public school, private school, and homeschooled students can apply for residential Governor’s Schools held during the summer months. The application process should begin in early October for the following summer.   According to the “2013 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools […]

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Portfolio Evaluation

Posted on Mar 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I evaluate my child’s portfolio and send the evaluation letter to the superintendent? A. A portfolio is not mentioned in the homeschool law; however, it could fall under the category of an independent evaluation. In lieu of a test, you can have a portfolio evaluated by a person licensed to teach in any […]

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