Proof of Graduation

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…

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No Response from Superintendent

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…

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Beginning After the Deadline

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…

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Evaluation Not Accepted

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…

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Submitting A Portfolio

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…

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Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

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…

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Sign Language

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…

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State-Recognized Diploma

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…

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Percentile Test Scores

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…

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Immunization Reporting

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…

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High School Credits

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…

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Tester’s Credentials

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…

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Certified Tutors and Testing

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)…

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Religious Exemption

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…

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Transcript Course Placement

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…

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Work Permits

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…

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Keeping Records

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…

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Skipping a Grade

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…

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Virtual vs. Homeschool

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…

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Days and Hours

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…

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Testing with the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

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…

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Testing Subsections

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…

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Superintendents’ Addresses

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…

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Governor’s Schools

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…

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Portfolio Evaluation

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…

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Educator Discount Cards

Q. Where can I get a homeschool ID card to use for educator discounts at stores?   A. Your HEAV membership card can be used at many museums and retail stores–office supply stores, book stores, craft stores, warehouse stores, etc.–that…

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GED For Option 1

Q. Does a GED qualify as a high school diploma for option (i) of the homeschool law? A. A GED is not accepted as a high school diploma for the purposes of homeschooling under §22.1-254.1. However, you do have several…

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Testing If Beginning Mid-Year

Q. I just started homeschooling. Am I required to send test scores to the superintendent by August 1?   A. Yes, if you complied with the homeschool law by filing a “Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction” form or…

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Homeschooling Again

Q. If my child goes back to public school, can I take her out and homeschool her again if it doesn’t work out? What should I expect? A. Yes, you can homeschool again as long as you comply with the…

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