Understanding the law and knowing your rights as a homeschooler empowers you to educate your children at home with confidence.

1. Virginia Home Instruction Statute – §22.1-254.1
Parents must meet at least one of four criteria, file an annual Notice of Intent with a description of curriculum, submit annual evidence of progress, and comply with vaccination requirements.
To comply with the home instruction statuteparents must follow these steps:*

  1. Meet one of four criteria:
    • i) Have a high school diploma
    • ii) Be a “teacher of qualifications prescribed by the Board of Education” (certified teacher)
    • iii) Provide a program of study or curriculum which may be delivered through a correspondence course or distance learning program or in any other manner
    • iv) Provide evidence that he is able to provide an adequate education for the child.
  2. File a Notice of Intent that includes a description of curriculum, and provide proof that you’ve met one of the four options by August 15 of each year.
  3. Submit evidence of academic achievement by August 1 of each year.
  4. Comply with immunization requirements.

2. Certified Tutor Provision – §22.1-254(A)
Parents with current Virginia teacher certification may teach under the certified tutor provision. Certification must be approved by the division superintendent. End-of-year assessments are not required.

3. Religious Exemption Statute – §22.1-254(B)(1)
Parents with bona fide or sincerely held religious beliefs are excused from attendance at school by their school board.


Free HEAV Legislative Updates keep you current on the homeschooling law.

The Virginia Homeschool Manual covers everything from preschool to high school and beyond.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) offers resources on the law as well as legal support and advice. Note: HEAV members receive a $20 discount on HSLDA memberships.


*This information is to clarify the statutory procedures for home educators. It should not be construed as legal advice. HEAV encourages all homeschooling parents to seek legal counsel for specific applications of the law.