Special Needs and Parents’ Rights

Q. May I remove my preschooler with special needs from school and educate him at home? Are there additional requirements? A. According to the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), school districts must locate, identify, and evaluate children aged 3–22…

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Birth Dates Required by Superintendent

Q. Am I required to provide my child’s date of birth on my city’s Notice of Intent form? A. No, the Virginia homeschool law, §22.1-254.1, DOES NOT require parents to disclose the birth dates or the grade levels of their…

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Assessment Evaluators

Q. Who can evaluate my child in order to comply with the law? A. The answer depends on the option you have chosen for the evaluation. If you have filed a Notice of Intent form, you have several options for…

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Testing If in Private School

Q. Should I send in test scores if my child is enrolled in a private school for her core classes, and I homeschool her for only one subject? A. You may or may not have to provide test scores, depending…

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Notice of Intent Recipient

Q. When filing a Notice of Intent, should I send it to the superintendent’s office or to the person listed on the school division’s website? They are two different people. A. The Virginia homeschool statue requires parents to “notify the…

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Test if Beginning Mid Year

Q. If I begin homeschooling in January, will I be required to test and send in the results by August 1? A. Yes, if you filed a Notice of Intent and begin homeschooling any time during the school year—even as…

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Date of Birth Required

Q. My superintendent’s office says my child’s date of birth is required for their database. Does the homeschool law require that I provide this information? A. The homeschool law does not require parents to submit a child’s date of birth…

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Beginning After the Deadline

Q. Can I begin homeschooling now, even though it’s past the August deadline? A. Yes, according to the homeschool statute. Parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline for two reasons: 1) if they move into a new school…

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Religious Exemption

Q. I’ve filed a Notice of Intent for several years, and have now decided to change to religious exemption. Do I have to explain why I didn’t initially file under religious exemption?   A. If you write a letter to…

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How to Begin Mid Year

Q. I never thought I’d be asking this question, but what should I do if I want to begin homeschooling now? I know I’ve missed the deadline, so what is the process? A. This is a question we’re often asked…

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Homebound vs. Homeschool

Q. What is the difference between “homeschooling” and “homebound instruction”? A. Homeschooling means you, the parent, are responsible for the education of your child. You choose the subjects to be taught, based on your child’s age and ability. You choose…

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Notice of Intent Postmark

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…

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

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…

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Diploma Each Year With NOI

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…

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Homeschool Diploma for Option 1

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…

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Certified Tutor Provision and Testing

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…

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Superintendent’s Address

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…

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Curriculum Description Form Incorrect

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.”…

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NOI Acknowledgment

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…

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Religious Exemption and Notice of Intent

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 a yearly Notice of Intent. Parents who have sincere religious…

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NOI for Kindergarten?

Q. Do we have to submit Notice of Intent for a five-year-old kindergartener? A. According to the Virginia homeschool statute, if your child will be five years old on or before September 30, and has not passed his eighteenth birthday,…

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Notifying as a Certified Tutor

Q. I’m a new homeschooler. As a certified teacher, I’m confused about how to notify. Help! A. There are two ways to homeschool as a certified tutor or teacher: 1) comply with the certified tutor statute 22.1-254 (A), or 2)…

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Notice of Intent & Test Results by August 1?

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. Must I send my child’s test results AND my Notice of Intent by August…

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Notice of Intent: Which Form?

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 use the Notice of Intent form I received from my…

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Notice of Intent and Birth Dates

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! This question, originally answered in 2010, is still accurate in 2012.   Q.  I filed…

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