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by Yvonne Bunn

Special-Needs Resources

Posted on Oct 28 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 your child who wants to learn, but is struggling for reasons he cannot understand. Here […]

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Dual-Enrollment Financial Aid

Posted on Oct 25 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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. One of the requirements to receive financial aid is that the recipient must be enrolled […]

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Leadership Conference

Posted on Oct 17 2012 by

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 the same beautiful Williamsburg setting, and we will have some of the same sharing opportunities […]

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License Plate Purchase

Posted on Oct 7 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 and more homeschool license plates! Homeschooling parents can order “Education Begins at Home” license plates […]

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Beginning After the Deadline

Posted on Sep 26 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 homeschool after the school year begins. Virginia statute §22.1-254.1 (B) states: “Any parent who moves […]

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Financial Aid

Posted on Sep 19 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q.Have federal financial-aid laws changed for college-bound homeschoolers? Do homeschoolers now have to get a GED to receive financial aid? A. The federal government made significant changes to financial-aid laws in December 2011, and these changes went into effect July 1, 2012. However, Congress made NO CHANGES to the homeschool eligibility section. The law states, […]

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Transcript and Testing Information

Posted on Sep 11 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: On a high school transcript, should I indicate that my special-needs teen took a special type of achievement test or should I list the name of the test? The transcript may be used for college admissions.   A: Achievement test results are not included on a high school transcript. They are required by the […]

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Facing Criticism

Posted on Sep 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 criticism about your decision to homeschool. Having relatives who support homeschooling is a blessing, but, […]

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Notice of Intent Postmark

Posted on Aug 15 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Does my letter of intent need to be postmarked by August 15 or physically in my superintendent’s office by August 15th? A. Your Notice of Intent should be postmarked by the August 15 deadline. You can write a letter or use HEAV’s Notice of Intent form. If you mail it close to or on […]

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Days and Hours of Instruction

Posted on Aug 12 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Should I keep a record of the days and hours of home instruction and if so, to whom do I submit it? A. The compulsory attendance law in §22.1-254(A) states that a parent or guardian must send a child to school (public, private, denominational, parochial; or have a child tutored; or provide home instruction) […]

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Grade Placement

Posted on Aug 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 not always necessary. It will show strengths and weaknesses and identify learning gaps. I would […]

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

Posted on Aug 2 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If my child takes two classes at a Christian school, should I include this information in the Notice of Intent or just in the list of  subjects as required? A. The law only requires you to list the subjects you plan to study for each of your children during the coming year–i.e., English, mathematics, history, […]

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Diploma Each Year With NOI

Posted on Jul 15 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Do I have to send my diploma each year with my Notice of Intent since the superintendent should have it on file from previous years? A. Including a diploma or higher credential with your Notice of Intent verifies how you have complied with option (i) of the homeschool statute. If you have provided this […]

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Homeschool Diploma for Option 1

Posted on Jul 8 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a homeschool diploma signed by my parents. Can I use it for option (i) to homeschool my own children, or does a diploma have to be from a public school? A. The first option of the homeschool statute §22.1-254.1(A) states that any parent may provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance […]

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Testing Low in One Section

Posted on Jul 2 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 test and still be okay. The composite score is the most important score for the purpose of […]

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Certified Tutor Provision and Testing

Posted on Jun 29 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. As a certified tutor, am I required to send in standardized test scores? A. It depends on how you have complied with the law. As a Virginia certified teacher you have two options: 1) comply with the certified tutor statute, §22.1-254(A), or, 2) comply with the certified tutor option (the second option) of the […]

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Superintendent’s Address

Posted on Jun 16 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. To whom do I send my Notice of Intent, and where can I find the address? A. You should send your Notice of Intent form to your local school superintendent or his designee by August 15. The Virginia Department of Education publishes a list of superintendents and their addresses on the VDOE website. We […]

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Legal Guardian

Posted on Jun 12 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If we have legal custody of a family member, can we homeschool the child? A. If you are the legal guardian of a child, you may homeschool him. The law states, “…every parent, guardian, or other person in the Commonwealth having control or charge of any child…” may provide for home instruction of the child under the […]

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Keep Schoolwork

Posted on Jun 6 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: How long are you required to keep your child’s schoolwork? A: The Virginia homeschool law does NOT require you to keep your child’s school work. Neither does the statute require parents to show grades to the superintendent. Only the results of a standardized achievement test or an evaluation are required to show academic achievement. […]

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Curriculum Description Form Incorrect

Posted on May 26 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I received a letter from my superintendent with what he termed the “new forms.” One includes a place to list the subjects and then a blank for the “objectives” of each subject. Is this required? A. The new law that goes into effect July 1, 2012, says parents must provide a “description of curriculum […]

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Curriculum Description Law Change

Posted on May 25 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: When does the new curriculum description law go into effect, and what information should be included? A: The curriculum description law change goes into effect July 1, 2012. For those who file a Notice of Intent, the new language limits the required curriculum description to “a list of subjects.” Parents should include only a […]

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Stanines, Percentiles, and Grade Equilavents

Posted on May 9 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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  1, 2, or 3 is below average;  4, 5, or 6 is average; and 7, […]

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Driver’s Education Discount

Posted on May 4 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: Is there a discount code for any of the parent-taught driver education programs? A: Yes, there is a 10% discount for the National Driver Training Institute if you use the promotional code “HEAV.” Share/Bookmark

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Verified Credits

Posted on Apr 22 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are “verified credits” necessary (or recommended for college entrance) for a homeschool high school transcript. Would dual-enrollment courses in a community college count as verified credit? A. “Verified credit” is a term used by government schools that refers to passing end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) tests or other assessments approved by the Board of Education. Public […]

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Military Homeschool Deployment

Posted on Apr 18 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. As a military family with a five-year-old, can we homeschool in another country? Do we have to test before deploying, and is there a process we should follow to homeschool in another country? A. Because your child is five years old, you are not required to submit test scores or other evidence of achievement […]

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Academic Progress for K5

Posted on Apr 12 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I understand if my kindergartner was not six last September 30, I don’t have to have him tested, but do I need to submit proof of  academic progress by August 1? A. Because your child was not six by September 30, you are not required to submit proof of academic progress in any form—neither […]

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High School Diploma

Posted on Apr 4 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 not receive a diploma from the Commonwealth of Virginia since he is not graduating from a government school program. The state does not offer a […]

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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

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. Parents new to the world of testing often want to know the kinds of questions on achievement tests, and wonder if they have covered the […]

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