Q. After submitting my out-of-state homeschool diploma for the first option on the Notice of Intent, the superintendent’s office replied that I must have an accredited diploma. Is this correct?
A. The first option of the Virginia homeschool statute §22.1-254.1(A) states that any parent may provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance if he “holds a high school diploma.” This language does not limit the diploma to a particular type of diploma. A parent can use a public school diploma, a homeschool diploma, a private school diploma or a transcript that includes a graduation date. The law does not specify the type of diploma required to homeschool in Virginia; it does not say the diploma must be certified; and it does not refer to a certifying agency.
You have complied with the homeschool statute and additional requirements go beyond the Code of Virginia. HEAV will be glad to contact your superintendent’s office in order to help clarify the law.