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“It is my privilege to congratulate the Class of 2007 as you graduate from Bridgeway Academy. I know this day comes after years of hard work and dedication. I applaud you for your desire to be the best you can.

I also admire your hard work, commitment to excellence, and your recognition of the importance of developing those skills that are necessary to be successful in life.”

Michael F. Easley, Governor of North Carolina

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Complete Homeschool ProgramBelow is a brief summary of the homeschooling law in Virginia.

Compulsory School Age
“have reached the fifth birthday on or before… September 30…and who has not passed the eighteenth birthday; 5 year-olds can be excused

Links for Virginia Homeschoool Law:

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Virgina Homeschool Specific Information

Virginia Standards of Learning

Virgina Graduation Requirements

Homeschool help for Virgina Homeschoolers

Virginia Legal Home Schooling Options:
Option: 1 Option: 2 Option: 3
Legal Option: Operate a home school Operate a home school under the religious exemption statute Use a private tutor
Attendance: Generally, 180 days (same number of days as public schools)
None None
Subjects: None None None
Qualifications: Either: 1) possess a high school diploma, or 2) be a certified teacher, or 3) use an approved correspondence course, or 4) submit evidence parent can teach or 5) submit a curriculum that includes state objectives for language arts and math None Teacher certification
Notice: File an annual notice of intent with local Superintendent by August 15; if starting or moving into the state after school year has begun, file notice as soon as practicable and comply with applicable requirements within 30 days of such notice.

Submit a “description of curriculum” which is a list of subjects they intend to teach.  *Families are not required to describe the content of individual courses.

File request to acknowledge religious exemption with the local school board chairman Send letter to local superintendent asking him to recognize that parent (tutor) has the qualifications prescribed by the state Board of Education (i.e. teacher certificate)
Recordkeeping: None None None
Testing: Administer a standardized test or have child otherwise evaluated every year (for those six years or older on September 30 of the school year); submit results to local superintendent by August 1 None None

Virginia Legal Home Schooling Options:
Option: 4
Legal Option: Groups of homeschoolers can create private schools with each home a part of the campus and each parent a teacher.  *An individual home school cannot be a private school.
A private school can establish a distance program (or virtual program, or satellite program) where a student is enrolled in and under the authority of the private school, but the student is taught primarily by his parents at home.
Attendance: None
Subjects: None
Qualifications: None
Notice: None
Recordkeeping: None
Testing: None

Additional Information Provided by Home School Legal Defense Association.

© 2010  NOTE: This summary is not intended to be, and does not constitute, the giving of legal advice. Many states have unclear compulsory attendance statutes, and the courts of those states vary in their interpretation of the statutes. Therefore, there is no guarantee any state will accept all of the options for compliance listed under each state. This summary is not intended to be a substitute for individual reliance on privately retained legal counsel such as that provided by Home School Legal Defense Association. Bridgeway’s advisors will talk to you about your homeschool concerns.

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