Homeschool Independent Hearing

Q. I’m not in agreement with a decision my district superintendent has made regarding my homeschooling. Is there anything I can do? A. If you have complied with the home instruction law as described in §22.1-254.1, and you have exhausted…

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Homeschoolers Needed to Review National Survey

`1The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) wants to improve its survey measures prior to publication of the 2018 National Household Education Survey. They are asking parents of homeschooled students, as well as parents of online, virtual, and cyber school…

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Good Driver Discount Fairness Issue Resolved

Numerous homeschool families that applied for the Good Student Driver Discount for their qualif ied teens were denied the discount by their auto insurance company. HEAV received several phone calls concerning the financial difficulty this was creating for the families…

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Transcript vs. Diploma on NOI

Q. Is there any disadvantage to providing a transcript rather than a copy of a diploma when submitting my Notice of Intent? A. Both a diploma and transcript are acceptable and are of equal value.  If you cannot find your…

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Religious Exemptions with Letters

Q. If I want to homeschool under religious exemption, should I have others write additional letters? A. Sending or not sending additional letters for religious exemption is a decision each family must make for themselves. I’m not an attorney and…

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Blackout Test Results

Q. Should I black out the test results for history and science on my child’s standardized achievement test before sending in the scores to the superintendent? A. While a parent may black out history and science scores on an achievement…

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Sign Language College Credit

Q. Is sign language accepted by colleges for a foreign language for Virginia homeschoolers? A. American Sign Language (ASL) is accepted by ALL public Virginia colleges. As of October 1, 2016, ASL legislation passed making ASL accepted for the foreign…

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PSAT vs. Standardized Achievement Test

Can the PSAT be used in place of a standardized achievement test for end-of-year homeschool testing in  Virginia? What are the differences between the PSAT and the SAT? On our blog, Yvonne Bunn demystifies Virginia homeschool law and helps beginners…

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Testing Virginia Homeschoolers

This weekly Q&A Live session with Yvonne Bunn answers your questions about what is required by law for end-of-year testing for Virginia homeschoolers, whether you choose a standardized test or private evaluation! Join us on Facebook each Wednesday afternoon at…

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Helping Other Homeschoolers

Q. I’ve finished homeschooling and would like to give back by sharing my experiences. I’m interested in working with new homeschoolers, but may not know all the answers. How can I help? A. As an experienced homeschool parent, you have…

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My Child Doesn’t Want to Be Homeschooled

Q. My nine-year-old daughter has decided she doesn’t want to be homeschooled because she will miss out on school activities. There is constant conflict. I’m ready to give up! Help! A. You’re not alone. Other parents face this same situation….

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Homeschool Probation by Mistake

A. I received a letter that I have been put on probation! I hand-delivered my Notice of Intent and test scores at the same time. My children scored above average. What should I do? B. This may be a mistake….

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Family Devotions

Q. Can you suggest an effective, yet simple way to have family devotions with children of multiple ages? I can’t handle anything consistently if it’s too complicated. A. One of the most consistent and effective devotions our family did together…

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Homeschool Diploma for Option 1

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)…

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Testing Before Homeschooling

Q. I moved from out of state and filed a Notice of Intent for the first time. The superintendent’s office replied that I needed to send in test scores before they could accept my NOI. Is this correct? A. No, this…

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New Address Notification

Q. I moved and filed a new Notice of Intent. I also sent written notice to the previous superintendent that we moved out of his county. He responded in a letter that in order to comply with the law, I…

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Graduating Early

Q. Is it possible to graduate my 16-year-old Virginia homeschooled teen early since she has completed all her high school work, including several dual-enrollment college classes? Do I need permission from the superintendent?   A. Yes, you can graduate your…

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Withdrawal in Person

Q. Does the law require a parent to withdraw his child in person from public school? A. The law does not specifically address the procedure for withdrawing a child from public school. Each school district has its own withdrawal policy. Some…

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Superintendent Reply Late

Q. I complied with option 4 and mailed my NOI early in July. Should I be concerned that I have not had a reply since other parents I know have received letters from the superintendent? Should I call? A. I…

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Send Diploma Every Year

Q. Should I send in my high school diploma each year I file a Notice of Intent? A. The law requires proof of how you have complied with the option you have chosen on the NOI. For option (i), you…

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Understanding Credits

Q. Some homeschool co-ops offer credits for courses. Should I give my children credits for the classes I teach them at home? A. A credit is simply a way to translate homeschool or school work into commonly understood educational language. Whether…

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Grade Level Assessment

Q. My daughter did not do well in a private school last year. I’m having her tutored this summer to catch up, but I don’t know what grade she should be in when we start to homeschool in the fall….

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Testing with a Local School

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…

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Testing and the Composite Score

Q. When testing, do you administer all or part of the standardized achievement test? A. The Virginia homeschool statute, § 22.1-254.1 (C), requires a composite score in or above the 4th stanine on a standardized achievement test. A composite score…

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Testing If Behind in One Subject

Q. My two elementary-age children did not do well in math, so I put them back one grade level in math when we began homeschooling in  September. They are doing well in other subjects. Do I have to test them…

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Ordering License Plates

Q. How can I get an “Education Begins at Home” license plate? I’m so encouraged when I see them on cars! A. Since 2005 when HEAV initiated legislation in Virginia to create the first homeschool license plate in the nation—“Education…

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Military Requirements for Homeschool Enlistment

Q. Can homeschool graduates enlist in the military? I understand it is sometimes difficult. A. Occasionally, homeschoolers have problems enlisting, not because of discriminatory policies, but because some military recruiters are not familiar with Armed Forces homeschool policy. If this…

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Testing at Public School

Q. Must my child take the history and science portions of a standardized achievement test when he takes the test at a public school? A. The law requires that a parent submit “evidence that the child has attained a composite…

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