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by Yvonne Bunn

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

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 in my superintendent’s office by August 15th? A. Your Notice of Intent should be postmarked […]

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Days and Hours of Instruction

Posted on Aug 12 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 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) […]

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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

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 in the Notice of Intent or just in the list of  subjects as required? A. […]

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Diploma Each Year With NOI

Posted on Jul 15 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. 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 […]

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Homeschool Diploma for Option 1

Posted on Jul 8 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 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 […]

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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

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. It depends on how you have complied with the law. As a Virginia certified teacher […]

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Superintendent’s Address

Posted on Jun 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. 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 […]

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Legal Guardian

Posted on Jun 12 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. 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 […]

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Keep Schoolwork

Posted on Jun 6 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 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 […]

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Curriculum Description Form Incorrect

Posted on May 26 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 superintendent with what he termed the “new forms.” One includes a place to list the subjects and then a blank for the “objectives” […]

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Curriculum Description Law Change

Posted on May 25 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: 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 […]

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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

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: Yes, there is a 10% discount for the National Driver Training Institute if you use […]

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Verified Credits

Posted on Apr 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. 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 […]

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Military Homeschool Deployment

Posted on Apr 18 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. 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 […]

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Academic Progress for K5

Posted on Apr 12 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 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 […]

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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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