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Notification Deadline Passed

Posted on Sep 8 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Is it too late to begin homeschooling now? A. No, it’s not too late to begin homeschooling. Parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline if they move into a new school division, or if they decide to homeschool after the school year begins. §22.1-254.1 (B) states, “Any parent who moves into a […]

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Homeschooling Another Person’s Child

Posted on Jun 24 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have looked at the VA laws and can not find any clear word on whether it is legal or not to homeschool someone else’s child. A. The homeschool statute is written to allow parents to teach their own children. It also refers to two other people: 1) a Virginia certified teacher (known as […]

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Certified Tutor Teaching Time

Posted on Apr 15 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If I hire a certified teacher to teach my child, what percentage of the day am I required to teach him? A.  A certified teacher (also known as a certified tutor) who has complied with the law can do ALL the instruction. The teacher should write a letter to the superintendent and include her […]

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Notice of Intent Recipient

Posted on Mar 11 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 division superintendent” of their intention to homeschool their child. Because of the number of homeschoolers, […]

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Test if Beginning Mid Year

Posted on Dec 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 late as April or May—you are required to submit test or evaluation  results by August […]

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Testing with a Local School

Posted on Dec 10 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. When I filed my Notice of Intent, the school district offered to test my child in the spring with the Iowa test. They said not many homeschoolers use this free service. Is there a reason? A. A few school districts, but not all, offer free testing for homeschooled students. They use the test they […]

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Testing a Young Child

Posted on Dec 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a young first-grader with a short attention span. Can you suggest a test that is acceptable to my school district? A. All standardized tests are acceptable; it is up to you to decide which test you would like to use. You might consider looking at the California Achievement Test (CAT). Most sections […]

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Religious Exemption Moving Within the State

Posted on Nov 17 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Our religious exemption has been recognized by our school board, but now we plan to move to another city in Virginia. Do we have to go through the religious exemption process again? A. No, your school board complied with the Virginia religious exemption statute and acted on behalf of the state of Virginia when […]

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Religious Exemption Form

Posted on Nov 6 2013 by admin

Q. I mailed a religious exemption letter to my county school board, and the superintendent responded by sending me a religious exemption form to fill out.  Must I provide both a letter and a form? A. The law does NOT require a parent to complete a religious exemption form. Forms often ask for more information […]

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Date of Birth Required

Posted on Oct 27 2013 by admin

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 in order to homeschool. A child’s name and identifiers such as DOB or a social […]

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Voting For School Board Members

Posted on Oct 19 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. In my district, some school board members are on the ballot. Is voting for local school board members important for homeschoolers since we are not in the public school system? A. Yes, it is! Because a school board member’s actions can directly or indirectly affect homeschoolers, it’s important to know the background of school […]

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Proof of Graduation

Posted on Sep 25 2013 by admin

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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Religious Exemption

Posted on Jun 12 2013 by admin

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 the school board expressing your religious convictions, it is not required to mention that you […]

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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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Days and Hours

Posted on Apr 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are homeschoolers required to follow the public-school required days and hours of instruction? A. In 22.1-254 (A) the law says in part that parents shall homeschool “…during the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as public schools.” However, the […]

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Testing with the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

Posted on Apr 7 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Why would the PSAT, SAT or ACT not qualify for a homeschooler’s standardized achievement test? A. The PSAT, SAT, and ACT provide different types of information than a standardized achievement test. The homeschool law states that a parent must submit the results of a standardized achievement test or an independent evaluation each year. Standardized […]

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Testing Subsections

Posted on Apr 1 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What parts of a standardized achievement test should my child take in order to satisfy the testing requirement? A. The law requires a “composite score” in or above the fourth stanine (23rd percentile) in order to continue homeschooling. A composite score is made up of the mathematics and language arts portions of a standardized […]

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Portfolio Evaluation

Posted on Mar 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I evaluate my child’s portfolio and send the evaluation letter to the superintendent? A. A portfolio is not mentioned in the homeschool law; however, it could fall under the category of an independent evaluation. In lieu of a test, you can have a portfolio evaluated by a person licensed to teach in any […]

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GED For Option 1

Posted on Feb 24 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Does a GED qualify as a high school diploma for option (i) of the homeschool law? A. A GED is not accepted as a high school diploma for the purposes of homeschooling under §22.1-254.1. However, you do have several other options. The law clearly states that “any parent” may provide home instruction under option […]

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Testing If Beginning Mid-Year

Posted on Feb 20 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I just started homeschooling. Am I required to send test scores to the superintendent by August 1?   A. Yes, if you complied with the homeschool law by filing a “Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction” form or by writing a letter, you are required to provide evidence of progress by August 1 […]

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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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Public School Testing

Posted on Feb 6 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a child who needs help with reading comprehension. Can I have him tested through the public schools? A. Public schools will only provide an evaluation and/or services for students enrolled in their schools, so you will need to have his reading skills evaluated privately. The only publicly funded service that may sometimes be […]

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Test Administrator

Posted on Jan 16 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: A friend told me that testing must be done by a certified teacher. Does it have to be a Virginia certified teacher? A: An achievement test may be administered by a number of different people, depending on the test you use. Each test publisher or company includes information about the test and who can […]

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Homebound vs. Homeschool

Posted on Dec 12 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

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 the curriculum and methods of teaching, plan the schedule, and teach the subjects or facilitate […]

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Moving and Notifying

Posted on Dec 1 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. We plan to move to Virginia soon, but want to travel a few weeks after we arrive. How soon should I submit my Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction? A. If you move to Virginia during the school year, the homeschool law (§22.1-254.1 (B)) states that you must notify your local division superintendent […]

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Record for Superintendent

Posted on Nov 24 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What records do I need to keep for my superintendent? A. If you filed a Notice of Intent, there are two records you need to keep: standardized achievement test records and immunization records. You must send your superintendent a copy of your child’s standardized achievement scores or other evidence of progress as described in […]

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Change Homeschool Compliance

Posted on Nov 11 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. We have homeschooled for several years under option (i) of the homeschool law, but we have always had strong religious beliefs. Can we change how we file now that we understand the religious exemption option? A. Yes, you can change how you comply although the law gives no specific procedures to follow. If you […]

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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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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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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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