Facing Criticism

Q. I’m overwhelmed with negative comments and criticism from a close family member who does not support our decision to homeschool. How should I respond without creating more of a problem?   A. I am so sorry you are facing…

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Notice of Intent Postmark

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. Does my letter of intent need to be postmarked by August 15 or physically…

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Days and Hours of Instruction

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. Should I keep a record of the days and hours of home instruction and…

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Grade Placement

Q. How do I place my child at the correct level for the upcoming year? Can I use an achievement test? A. Correct placement in the core skill subjects — language arts and mathematics – can be very helpful, but…

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NOI–Do I need to list where classes are taken?

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. If my child takes two classes at a Christian school, should I include this information…

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Diploma Each Year With NOI

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. Do I have to send my diploma each year with my Notice of Intent…

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Homeschool Diploma for Option 1

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. I have a homeschool diploma signed by my parents. Can I use it for…

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Testing Low in One Section

Q. I’m in a panic! My student scored below the 23rd percentile on one section of a standardized test. What should I do? A. A student may score below the 23rd percentile on one or more sections of a standardized achievement…

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Certified Tutor Provision and Testing

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. As a certified tutor, am I required to send in standardized test scores? A….

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Superintendent’s Address

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. To whom do I send my Notice of Intent, and where can I find…

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Legal Guardian

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. If we have legal custody of a family member, can we homeschool the child? A. If you…

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Keep Schoolwork

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q: How long are you required to keep your child’s schoolwork? A: The Virginia homeschool…

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Curriculum Description Form Incorrect

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. I received a letter from my superintendent with what he termed the “new forms.”…

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Curriculum Description Law Change

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q: When does the new curriculum description law go into effect, and what information should…

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Stanines, Percentiles, and Grade Equilavents

Q. What are stanines, percentiles, and grade equilavent scores? A. STANINE SCORES Stanine is short for standard nine. A stanine score ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 9; therefore, the name “stanine.” For instance, a stanine score of …

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Driver’s Education Discount

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q: Is there a discount code for any of the parent-taught driver education programs? A:…

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Verified Credits

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. Are “verified credits” necessary (or recommended for college entrance) for a homeschool high school transcript….

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Military Homeschool Deployment

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. As a military family with a five-year-old, can we homeschool in another country? Do…

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Academic Progress for K5

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. I understand if my kindergartner was not six last September 30, I don’t have…

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High School Diploma

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers. Q. How do I get a diploma when my teen is ready to graduate? We…

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Testing If Behind in One Subject

Q. My two elementary-age children did not do well in math, so I put them back one grade level in math when we began homeschooling in  September. They are doing well in other subjects. Do I have to test them…

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Testing History

Q. How do I know what type of history my child should be reviewing for the end-of-year test? A. Homeschool students are NOT required to take the history and science portions of a standardized achievement test. They must take only…

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Practice Achievement Tests

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. I’m concerned about my child’s performance on a standardized achievement test. Can you recommend…

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Physical Ed Requirements

Q. What are the physical education requirements for homeschoolers, and how do homeschoolers meet them? A. Although the Virginia law (§22.1-200) requires that specific subjects are taught in public schools–including physical education at the elementary level–these subjects are NOT required…

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What Your Child Should Know

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. How do I find out what my child is supposed to know by the…

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Testing A Kindergartner

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. Am I required to test my kindergarten child if I notified my superintendent last…

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GED vs. Diploma

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. Should my child take the GED exams? A. Although a GED credential can be…

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Certified Tutor Statute

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. Under the certified tutor statute, do I have to be certified at the high…

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Schools Offering Spring Testing Clarification

Note: This was received in response to the “School District Offers Testing–What Are My Options?” Q&A published last week. I would like to clarify the section on ‘schools offering spring testing as an option’. We offer testing, at no cost,…

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