Google Workspace for Education
Beginning in June 2018, Google Workspace for Education (GWfE) became available to homeschool co-ops without cost. In order to gain access, co-ops must receive a code from their state homeschool organization. To be eligible, co-ops must meet the eligibility criteria for the program with Google and with HEAV.
Please consider your privacy. HEAV is a strong advocate for the privacy rights of homeschool families. We believe families should do their own research on the privacy standards of any program before sharing their child’s information online.
HEAV encourages all homeschool co-ops to put in place policies that keep parents informed as to how their child’s personally identifiable information will be used. We also encourage co-ops to provide the parents with access to their child’s account.
Group [co-op or just leaders] leaders should remember that as with all free programs, the “free” offer can cease to exist at any time.
Questions continue to be raised regarding the lack of full discloser about security risks and data collection. This article,
Google Is Developing Dossiers on Students Using Their Classroom Products, explains some of the risks involved with GWfE.
You can read Google’s Privacy and Security policy on their website.
Questions about the privacy of your student’s data in GWfE? Contact HSLDA.
Follow these steps to acquire your Virginia homeschool group’s code for Google Workspace for Education:
- Offer homeschool group or co-ops that provide classes or services to students at least one day a week
- Be a non-profit organization
- Own a website domain (required in order to establish the GWfE account)
- Be located in Virginia (those outside Virginia should contact their state organization)
- Individual (single) families
- Homeschool groups that only provide support for parents but do not involve students
What If I’m Not Eligible?
- You can use your personal Google accounts to use classroom and other products
- You can also set up kid accounts for your children.
More information: Click here to view the Google Workspace for Education FAQ.
Once you receive your confirmation code from HEAV, follow the instructions in the email to sign-up and for Google Workspace for Education. Google will review the submission, validate the code, and complete the application.
Please note: With so many new submissions for the fall of 2021, applications may take longer to be approved.
Find out how to set up your Google Workspace for Education account. At this site, you will find
- Signing up for Google Workspace for Education Video (3 mins)
- Quick Tips: Deploy Google Workspace Video (6 mins)
- Google Workspace Deployment Guide
24/7 Support from Google Workspace for Education:
Go to the Google Workspace Administrator Help Center for self-serve resources, or connect with a member of the support team by clicking “Contact Us” at the top right corner of this page.
Learn about the tools and how to use them in a learning environment. The Google for Education Training Center offers free training on a wide variety of topics, including general lessons (Getting familiar with Google tools for the Digital Classroom) and specific tutorials on each tool (Google Docs, Drive, Classroom, etc).
Get Community Support
- Discover Local Google Workspace for Education Experts
- Join this Google+ group alongside other homeschools in the US to share ideas, ask questions, and help one another.
Free Programs & Curriculum from Google Workspace for Education:
- Applied Digital Skills – teach critical digital skills that have immediate, real-life application and helps students prepare for jobs.
- Be Internet Awesome – teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship to help them be safe, confident explorers of the online world.
- CS First – introduce computer science to kids (no CS experience needed)
- Expeditions – a free app that brings immersive computing to schools, which brings abstract concepts to life, and gives homeschoolers a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.
- …and many more!