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by Yvonne Bunn

PSAT Changes in 2015

Posted on Oct 27 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 of students by October 2015. It is designed to prepare students for the new SAT […]

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PSAT® Test Registration

Posted on Sep 14 2014 by Maya

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 larger private schools also provide the test. The parent should speak to the school principal […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Graduation Credits

Posted on Apr 5 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 study for the student is completed. At that point, the parent will issue a completed […]

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Graduation Requirements

Posted on Mar 30 2014 by admin

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, these course requirements are NOT for homeschooled students—they are only for public school students who […]

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Jobs for Teens

Posted on Mar 26 2014 by admin

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 a young teen in the private business sector. Large corporations often have set policies that […]

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Handling the Stress and Pressure Before Graduation

Posted on Mar 20 2014 by admin

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 college, figuring out if God is leading you to college, and so on, are some […]


by Yvonne Bunn

SAT® and ACT® Test Difference

Posted on Feb 19 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 a four-year college as a freshman usually takes either the SAT® exam or the ACT® […]

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Motivating Teens

Posted on Feb 9 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 is usually what he’s good at doing. Try to incorporate a study of his interests […]

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Transcript and Course Location

Posted on Jan 8 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 high school student’s education. It should fit on one page, in a format that is […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Proof of Graduation

Posted on Sep 25 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 your student has completed home instruction. The purpose of the August 1 evaluation deadline is […]

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High School Credits

Posted on Jul 7 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 at least 75% of the book. It should take about one year to complete. Or […]

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Transcript Course Placement

Posted on May 26 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 it either in the previous school year or the upcoming school year. Homeschoolers are not […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Work Permits

Posted on May 22 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 parents in a family-owned business–must obtain a work permit. Students who are 16 or older […]

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Homeschooling Again

Posted on Feb 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 homeschool law by filing a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction. There is nothing […]

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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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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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by Yvonne Bunn

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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GED vs. Diploma

Posted on Feb 1 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 still carries the stigma of being a high school dropout (even if you are not); The military will not accept a person with a GED; […]

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Using PSAT Scores Instead of Standardized Achievement Test Scores

Posted on Apr 13 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I submit my high school student’s PSAT score instead of a standardized achievement test score? A. Although I am aware of a few superintendents who have accepted PSAT or SAT scores during the high school years, these tests are not considered standardized achievement tests as described in §22.1-254.1 (C). Standardized achievement tests such […]

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