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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Public School Testing

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…

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When to Test

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)….

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Test Administrator

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…

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How to Begin Mid Year

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…

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Homebound vs. Homeschool

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…

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Moving and Notifying

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…

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Record for Superintendent

Q. What records do I need to keep for my superintendent? A. If you filed a Notice of Intent, there are two records you need to keep: standardized achievement test records and immunization records. You must send your superintendent a…

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Change Homeschool Compliance

Q. We have homeschooled for several years under option (i) of the homeschool law, but we have always had strong religious beliefs. Can we change how we file now that we understand the religious exemption option? A. Yes, you can…

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Teacher License Renewal

Q. I would like to begin homeschooling under the certified tutor provision, but my teaching license recently expired. Can I get an extension and homeschool under the certified tutor statute while I earn the necessary points to renew my license?…

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Special-Needs Resources

Q. I have a child who is struggling to learn. I may need to have him tested, but I don’t know where to begin. Can you help? A. I know this can be a challenging situation for you and for…

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Dual-Enrollment Financial Aid

Q. Can a homeschool student who is dual enrolled in community college receive financial aid? A. No, a dual-enrolled high school student (a public, private, or homeschooled student who takes some college courses) does not qualify for college financial aid….

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Leadership Conference

Q. I attended the Homeschool Retreat in Williamsburg last year. Will the 2012 Leadership Conference cover the same topics? Should I send someone else this year or attend again? A. Although the November 16-17, 2012, Leadership Conference is located in…

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License Plate Purchase

Q. Now that I’m a homeschooler, I’m interested in getting an “Education Begins at Home” license plate. I’m so encouraged when I see them on cars! How can I get one? A. Every year, I’m so excited to see more…

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Beginning After the Deadline

Q: Can I begin homeschooling now? A: Yes, according to the homeschool law, parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline for two reasons: 1) if they move into a new school division, and 2) if they decide to…

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