Virginia Homeschool Laws
Know the ins and outs of complying with the Virginia statute.
Three Basic Options for Home Instruction
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 – §22.1-254.1Parents must meet at least one of four criteria, file an annual Notice of Intent with a description of curriculum and submit annual evidence of progress, and comply with vaccination requirements. To comply with the home instruction statute, parents must follow these steps:*
- 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.
- 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.
- Submit evidence of academic achievement by August 1 of each year.
Additional Information & Resources
- 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 $15 discount on HSLDA memberships.