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by Yvonne Bunn

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 Yvonne Bunn

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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Educator Discount Cards

Posted on Mar 6 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 offer educator discounts. Your $35 HEAV yearly membership* supports the work of HEAV throughout the […]

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GED For Option 1

Posted on Feb 24 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 other options. The law clearly states that “any parent” may provide home instruction under option […]

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Testing If Beginning Mid-Year

Posted on Feb 20 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 by writing a letter, you are required to provide evidence of progress by August 1 […]

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Homeschooling Again

Posted on Feb 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 homeschool law by filing a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction. There is nothing […]

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Public School Testing

Posted on Feb 6 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a child who needs help with reading comprehension. Can I have him tested through the public schools? A. Public schools will only provide an evaluation and/or services for students enrolled in their schools, so you will need to have his reading skills evaluated privately. The only publicly funded service that may sometimes be […]

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Calling Your Legislator

Posted on Jan 30 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What can I expect to happen when I call my senator or delegate regarding a bill that affects homeschoolers? I want to call, but I’m not sure what to say. A. When you call your legislator’s office, you can expect a secretary to answer the phone. Your senator and delegate are very busy, and […]

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When to Test

Posted on Jan 23 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. When should homeschoolers test? A. If you decide to use a standardized achievement test, the law requires you to provide a composite test score in or above the fourth stanine (23 percentile) by August 1 each year (§22.1-254.1 (C). It’s up to each parent to decide when testing takes place. Some parents test early […]

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Test Administrator

Posted on Jan 16 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: A friend told me that testing must be done by a certified teacher. Does it have to be a Virginia certified teacher? A: An achievement test may be administered by a number of different people, depending on the test you use. Each test publisher or company includes information about the test and who can […]

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How to Begin Mid Year

Posted on Dec 20 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I never thought I’d be asking this question, but what should I do if I want to begin homeschooling now? I know I’ve missed the deadline, so what is the process? A. This is a question we’re often asked this time of year. The process is essentially the same as it is prior to […]

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Homebound vs. Homeschool

Posted on Dec 12 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What is the difference between “homeschooling” and “homebound instruction”? A. Homeschooling means you, the parent, are responsible for the education of your child. You choose the subjects to be taught, based on your child’s age and ability. You choose the curriculum and methods of teaching, plan the schedule, and teach the subjects or facilitate […]

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Moving and Notifying

Posted on Dec 1 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. We plan to move to Virginia soon, but want to travel a few weeks after we arrive. How soon should I submit my Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction? A. If you move to Virginia during the school year, the homeschool law (§22.1-254.1 (B)) states that you must notify your local division superintendent […]

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