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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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Birth Dates Required by Superintendent

Posted on Jul 20 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 children in order to homeschool. Many parents are concerned about privacy issues. A name and […]

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Assessment Evaluators

Posted on Jul 12 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 showing your child’s progress by August 1 each year. You may use a standardized achievement […]

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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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Testing If No Longer Homeschooling

Posted on Jun 15 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 homeschool school year by August 1. §22.2-254.1(C) states the following: The parent who elects to […]

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Diploma and Additional Documentation

Posted on Jun 1 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’ll be submitting my diploma to fulfill the required proof of eligibility to homeschool. Since my diploma has my maiden name on it, should I also send my marriage certificate to show that I am the person listed on the diploma? A. The law requires you to show evidence of how you have complied […]

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How to Report Test Results

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and score sheet to the test provider at the address listed in the test instructions. It […]

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Testing for Language Arts and Math Only

Posted on May 18 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Is there a test available that only has the language and math parts? I understand if I use a regular test, I do not have to use the other subject areas, but I feel that looks bad when we turn in our results. A. A few test publishers provide a survey version of standardized […]

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Testing If in Private School

Posted on May 5 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

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 on what you did at the beginning of the school year. If you filed a Notice […]

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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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Curriculum Change Notification

Posted on Mar 16 2014 by admin

Q. I changed my curriculum for one subject during the school year. Should I contact the superintendent’s office to let him know that I changed a subject on the description of curriculum list I sent last August? A. The law requires a parent to provide a description of curriculum (limited to a list of subjects) […]

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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 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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Beginning After the Deadline

Posted on Sep 8 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 division or 2) if they decide to homeschool after the school year begins. The Virginia […]

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Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

Posted on Aug 18 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can Virginia homeschoolers use Coverdell Education Savings Accounts for homeschool expenses? A. Public, private, and homeschool families can use Coverdell Education Savings Accounts to save for college costs. At the present time, however, ESA funds can only be used for K-12 public or private schools. There are only 14 states in which home education […]

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State-Recognized Diploma

Posted on Aug 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. My teen’s college application asks if he has received a state-recognized high school diploma. How should I respond? A. Without directly saying “no,” I would explain how the Virginia homeschool laws may differ from other state homeschool laws. I suggest you state that under the homeschool statute of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the state […]

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Immunization Reporting

Posted on Jul 14 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Do I need to send immunization records to the superintendent along with my Notice of Intent? A.  According to §22.1-271.4 of the Virginia law, parents are NOT required to submit proof of immunization unless the local division superintendent specifically requests it. “Upon request by the division superintendent, the parent shall submit to such division […]

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Religious Exemption

Posted on Jun 12 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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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Governor’s Schools

Posted on Mar 20 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can homeschooled students participate in Governor’s Schools and if so, who pays?   A. Gifted public school, private school, and homeschooled students can apply for residential Governor’s Schools held during the summer months. The application process should begin in early October for the following summer.   According to the “2013 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools […]

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