SAT, PSAT & ACT Enactment Date

Q. Can I use the PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores in lieu of standardized test scores for my high school student this year? A. HB 1754 and SB 1403 have both passed and are now awaiting Governor McAuliffe’s signature before…

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Testing If Child Is 18

Q. If my child turns 18 this year, do I need to I notify the superintendent? And will we be required by law to provide testing scores for this past school year? A. No, the law does not require you…

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Scholarships

Q. Does HEAV have any scholarships for homeschool seniors? A. I’m sorry, HEAV does not have scholarships available this year; however, we expect to fund a 2016 scholarship through part of the proceeds of this year’s Silent Auction* at the June…

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How to Evaluate a Child

Q. For an evaluation, it says the child must show progress. Since my special needs child is behind in several subjects, will that affect her evidence of progress? A. Being behind in some subjects would be more evident on a…

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Transferring Credits to Public School

Q. If I decide to transfer my high school student into public school, will they accept his homeschool credits? A. Based on Virginia law, each school district makes its own policies for students transferring into government schools. School divisions are…

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CAT-5 Test Change

Q. I understand the CAT-5 survey test is being phased out. Is there another test that covers only what the law requires? A. The TerraNova test is replacing the outdated California Achievement test (CAT). It is published by the same…

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PSAT Changes in 2015

Q. I know the SAT exam is being redesigned, but will the PSAT change, too? A. Yes, the College Board is revising the PSAT/NMSQT test along with the SAT. The new PSAT exam is scheduled to be in the hands…

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PSAT® Test Registration

Q. Where do I register my high school student for the PSAT®? A. A Homeschooler must register for the PSAT® at the local public high school in the school district in which he resides or another school close by. Some…

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IEP and Notice of Intent

Q. Since my child had an IEP, is there anything extra I need to do when I file my Notice of Intent? A. Even though your child had an IEP for public school, there is nothing additional you need to…

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Testing If No Longer Homeschooling

Q. Do I still have to submit test scores if I’ve decided not to homeschool next year? A. A-The law says if you provide home instruction, you must provide either testing results or an evaluation or assessment for the previous…

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Graduation Credits

Q. How many credits does a homeschooler need to graduate and get into college? A. There is no specific number of credits a homeschooler must have to graduate. It is up to the parent to decide when the course of…

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Graduation Requirements

Q. The Virginia graduation requirements say my teen must earn a board-approved career and technical education credential and complete one virtual course. Is this a new graduation requirement? A. Yes, this is a new requirement for public school students. However,…

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Jobs for Teens

Q. Where can a 14-year-old homeschooler find a summer job? Most places will hire teens that are 16 and older, but not a teen who needs a work permit. A. You may be able to find an entry-level job for…

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Handling the Stress and Pressure Before Graduation

by Maiya Drennen   The months leading up to graduation will quite possibly be some of the most stressful and pressure-filled months of your life. Trying to finish up the last bit of schoolwork, figuring out where to go to…

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SAT® and ACT® Test Difference

Q. What’s the difference between the SAT® and ACT® tests for college entrance? A. Both the SAT® (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exam and the ACT® (American College Testing) exam measure college readiness. A high school student who is planning to enter…

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Motivating Teens

Q. How can I keep my homeschool teen motivated? A. Teens–both boys and girls—are motivated by the things they are interested in doing. Think about what your teen likes to do in his spare time. What he’s interested in doing…

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Transcript and Course Location

Q. On my teen’s high school transcript, should I list the place he took some of his courses—for example, high school courses taken online or at our local co-op?   A. A transcript is a very concise record of your…

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Proof of Graduation

Q. My superintendent’s response letter says I must provide proof by August 1 next year that my twelfth-grade student has completed homeschooling. Does the law require that? A.The homeschool statute does NOT require you supply proof to the superintendent that…

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High School Credits

Q. About how many hours of high school work equals one credit hour for a transcript? A. There are several acceptable ways to calculate a high school credit hour. Your teen could complete a high-school-level text–not every problem or page–but…

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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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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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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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Financial Aid

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…

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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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AP Courses and 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. Does a high school student have to take an AP course before taking an…

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Military and State Requirements

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. The military has transferred our family to a foreign country. Should we continue to…

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Understanding 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. Some homeschool co-ops offer credits for courses. Should I give my children credits for the…

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Deciding If a Foreign Language Is Required

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 a student graduate from homeschool high school without a foreign language? A. Yes,…

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Homeschool Codes for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT

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 school codes that high school homeschoolers should use for the SAT,…

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