Homeschool Virginia Questions and Answers

Homeschooling Kindergartener for One Year

Q. My child is four and will miss the September 30 cut-off date for kindergarten by a few days. If I homeschool him this year, will they take him as a first grader next year in public school?

A. You can definitely begin homeschooling your child and use an appropriate level kindergarten curriculum. There are no Virginia homeschool notification requirements because he is not five by September 30.

If you continue to homeschool him, he will always be at the grade level that is best for him. Home education allows a parent to choose an individualized curriculum that is appropriate for a child’s age and maturity. It is parent-controlled education–you decide on the curriculum and schedule that best fits your child’s needs, maturity, and learning style.

However, if you put him in government school after homeschooling him for a year, local school personnel will determine his grade level based on their policy, not his individual needs. There is no guarantee the public school will enroll him in first grade.

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2 Responses
  1. Melissa G

    I too am contemplating homeschooling my daughter for kindergarten because she will miss the Virginia cutoff (She would have started had we stayed in NY) Her last three teachers have told me she is ready and her most recent assessment was that she is more than ready. I thinking holding her back a year would be detrimental to her learning and growth so we are contemplating homeschool but I know that in Fairfax (and they said this is state wide but I think that’s depending on school and flexibility) that they will also not accept her in 1st grade because of the age and cut off. So we know that it’s either homeschool, private school or one then the other for two years. It stinks because the two youngest in my daughters class (her being one) are the ones her teacher said are most ready and the others should wait but because they will be 5, they are being enrolled.

    • Yvonne Bunn

      You may find that homeschooling will be just the fit for your child. She may always be advanced and you can gear your curriculum to her abilities. This way you’ll be giving her what she needs and she will not be bored. Come to our FREE How-to-Begin workshops at the HEAV conventions, June 9 to find out the exciting details and possibilities for your child–plus we have a great curriculum fair! Check out the information on our website at http://www.heavelementor.wpengine.com.

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