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by Yvonne Bunn

High School Diploma

Posted on Apr 4 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 use a correspondence school, but I prefer a Virginia diploma. A. A homeschool student will […]

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Testing If Behind in One Subject

Posted on Mar 29 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 for grade appropriate math? A. Yes, I suggest you test them at the appropriate grade […]

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Testing History

Posted on Mar 21 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 those parts of the test necessary for determining a composite score, namely the language arts […]

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Practice Achievement Tests

Posted on Mar 16 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 a practice test? A. Testing jitters are contagious this time of year! You’re not alone. […]

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Physical Ed Requirements

Posted on Mar 8 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 to be taught by homeschoolers. The Virginia homeschool law makes no reference to required subjects. […]

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What Your Child Should Know

Posted on Feb 29 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 end of each grade? A. The skill subjects are the most important subjects your child […]

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Testing A Kindergartner

Posted on Feb 22 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 fall that we would begin homeschooling? A. Testing a kindergarten student does not depend on […]

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GED vs. Diploma

Posted on Feb 1 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 earned by a homeschool graduate, HEAV does not recommend a GED for several reasons: It […]

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Certified Tutor Statute

Posted on Jan 31 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 school level to teach high school subjects? A. According to §22.1-254 (A), in order to […]

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Schools Offering Spring Testing Clarification

Posted on Jan 31 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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, as an ‘option’ and a service to our homeschool families. It is true that we do […]

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School District Offers Testing—What Are My Options?

Posted on Jan 19 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 school district offering testing in April for my homeschooler. Is this a good option? What are my other choices? A. Homeschooling parents are […]

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“Approved” Behind-the-Wheel Driver Education Courses

Posted on Jan 10 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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. In order to teach the behind-the-wheel portion of driver education, I must show completion of an “approved correspondence course.” Which courses are “approved,” and where can I find them? […]

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Steps to Begin

Posted on Jan 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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. Can I start to homeschool now? If so, what steps should I take to begin? A. Yes, you may begin homeschooling after the school year has begun. The Virginia […]

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Spelling Bee

Posted on Dec 15 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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. Can homeschoolers participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee? Where can I find information? A. Scripps Howard and other newspapers sponsor spelling bees at elementary schools and homeschool support […]

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Getting Connected

Posted on Dec 7 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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. Now that I’ve decided to homeschool, what is the best way to get my questions answered, connect with other homeschoolers, and find out about homeschool events? A. It’s important […]

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Special-Needs Services and Homeschoolers

Posted on Nov 23 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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 my homeschooler eligible for speech therapy through a public school? A. Although school districts are not obligated to provide special-needs services for homeschooled children, some districts may offer […]

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Withdrawing a Child from Public School

Posted on Nov 18 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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 ready to mail my Notice of Intent. What should I do to withdraw my child from public school? A. First, you should mail your Notice of Intent to […]

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Religious Exemption and Driver Ed Correction

Posted on Nov 10 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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! Note: This Q&A is a follow-on post to the “Religious Exemption and Driver’s License” Q&A published last week. Q. I’m a little confused and think some details may be missing […]

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Religious Exemption and Driver’s Licenses

Posted on Nov 2 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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. We are homeschooling for religious reasons, and my teen wants to get a driver’s license. The DMV says I need a letter. What can I do? A. The Virginia […]

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IDEA Response

Posted on Oct 26 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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 memo stating, “Federal and state law requires that school divisions locate, identify and evaluate all private and homeschooled children in their locality.” Am I obligated to […]

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SOLs and Homeschoolers

Posted on Oct 6 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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. What are the Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements for homeschoolers? A. A homeschool curriculum does not have to comply with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs), and homeschoolers are […]

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AP Courses and Tests

Posted on Sep 28 2011 by

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 a high school student have to take an AP course before taking an AP exam? A. No, the College Board does not require a student to take an […]

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Ages for Field Trips

Posted on Sep 20 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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 new to homeschooling and am looking for activities for my high school student. What is the age range for the field trips HEAV sponsors? A. HEAV-sponsored field trips […]

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Electives on a Transcript

Posted on Sep 7 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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. My daughter takes piano lessons and is starting ninth grade this year. Do piano lessons count toward an elective? A. Yes, piano lessons can count as a music elective. […]

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Beginning After the Deadline

Posted on Aug 30 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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 legal way to begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline? A. Yes, according to the homeschool statute, parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline […]

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NOI Acknowledgment

Posted on Aug 19 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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 sent in my NOI (Notice of Intent) and haven’t had a response from the superintendent. How long does it normally take to get a response, and what do […]

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Religious Exemption and Notice of Intent

Posted on Aug 11 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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 file a Notice of Intent (NOI) if my family is religiously exempt? A. No, if you have met the requirements of religious exemption, you do NOT file […]

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Beginning with a Preschooler

Posted on Aug 10 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I am thinking about homeschooling my preschooler. Can you recommend any resources? 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! A. The preschool years are a wonderful time to teach because young children are so eager to […]

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Diploma Needed

Posted on Aug 2 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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 really have to send my diploma? I don’t have it! What should I do? A. Yes, if you checked option (i) on the Notice of Intent form, […]

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Notifying the Superintendent of Graduation

Posted on Aug 2 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

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. My teen graduated in June. Do I notify the superintendent? Or send the diploma and transcript, or tell the superintendent my teen is 18, or what? A. The law […]

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