Suddenly Schooling at Home?

Welcome homeschool challenges

Confused about what school will look like for you this fall?

We’re here for you!

We’ve gathered a list of resources to equip and encourage you this year.


Do you really want to homeschool?

Confusion and uncertainty regarding public school this fall has led many parents to consider an at-home option for their children. Whether you are ready to dive into homeschooling or are considering a virtual-school-at-home option, you will have questions–and we’re here to help! 

Frequently Asked Questions


  • File with their superintendent a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction.
  • Are free to choose their own curriculum and can choose any style of teaching.
  • Are responsible for sending a test or evaluation showing proof of progress by August 1.

Students at home because of school closure…

  • Must complete the curriculum provided by their school.
  • May be taking classes provided by the school online.
  • Do not need to file a Notice of Intent or proof of progress.
  • Will return to school when it is open.

Though you may begin homeschooling in Virginia at any time, if you intend to homeschool this fall, you should notify your superintendent by August 15.

There are three basic options for home instruction:

1: The Home Instruction Statute 
2: The Certified Tutor Statute
3: The Religious Exemption Statute

Many use the home instruction statute. You can read more details about all the options here

Within the home instruction statute, you must

1. Submit a notice of intent by August 15
2. Submit evidence of progress (either a nationally normed, standardized achievement test or an evaluation) by August 1 of next year.

There are several options to comply on the NOI, but if you or your spouse have a high school diploma or higher degree, the simplest one is to use option (i). In that case, your NOI package would consist of three parts:

1) The notice itself — Use the HEAV NOI form as it has space only for the information required by law.
2) A copy of your diploma — A photograph or photocopy is fine.
3) The curriculum description — This is literally a simple list of subjects your child will study.

Get more specific information about home education in Virginia. Our 7 Steps to Begin Homeschooling guide will give more information on how to get started.

Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) has been helping families for more than 37 years, and we are here to help smooth your way.


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Get a FREE Homeschooling Beginner Bundle

Chock full of timely information, tips, and ideas, this bundle includes 4 MP3s, a 52-page booklet, printables and more!

How To Give Your Kids A Really Good Education While They Are Out of School

Now is the perfect time to set aside the “normal” curriculum and routines. Mike Farris, founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), recently shared his advice for ways to give your children the best school year of their life.

Thoughts from the Homeschool Trenches

Need help with home organization, working and homeschooling, special needs, choosing curriculum–or something else altogether? Check out our library of posts and articles on just the topic you need, whatever your homeschool challenge!

You Don’t Need to Be a Teacher to Homeschool Your Kids

My Father’s World has two free multi-day activity packs available for any family. Designed with family fun in mind, these packs help you focus on the truly important things of life – God, loving each other, and education as a family.  Also, if you decide to buy something, use the coupon code HSVA0531 for a FREE canvas library tote bag for orders over $75.

Gifting You Tools – 3 Months Free! has offered a FREE, three-month subscription as gift during these difficult days. This alone is an amazing offer that could get you through this school year!

Homeschool Living Series

Check out the weekly Homeschooling Living post–a round-up of ideas, crafts, and projects to spice up your homeschool. Timely topics for seasons and holidays–or just quirky and fun (History of pizza, anyone?) curiosities are designed to give you inspiration for extra “unschooling” fun when you just don’t have the energy to start from scratch.

Can’t Get Out and About?

Homeschool Days and field trips have been curtailed for now, but you can still explore all that the Commonwealth has to offer. Check out this amazing list of Virtual Field Trips you can enjoy ANY time

Are you suddenly stuck at home?

Check out this growing list of amazing free opportunities and educational resources.