Understanding Your Rights
Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Virginia is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information about homeschooling in Virginia and helpful links to VA’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, Virginia homeschool laws, and legal support resources.
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Links for Virginia Homeschool Laws
We will update our records on a yearly basis, but if any new legislation goes into effect for your state, it should be listed here.
Virginia Homeschool Summary
If you are homeschooling in the state of Virginia, you will need to follow these steps:
- Annually notify your local superintendent of your intention to home school by August 15. If moving into the school district or if starting home instruction after the school year has begun, parents must notify “as soon as practicable” and thereafter comply with other requirements within thirty days of notice.
- Parents must demonstrate they can teach. They must have a high school diploma, be a teacher certified under the state of VA, be able to provide a prescribed course of study, or provide evidence that they can provide “an adequate education.”
- Submit a description of curriculum. This should include a list of subjects you intend to teach.
- Take standardized testing. Please submit one of the following to your school district by August 1st of the end of your current school year:
- results of any nationally normed standardized achievement test showing the child attained “a composite score in or above the Virginia VA-3 fourth stanine” (i.e., 23rd percentile); or
- An evaluation letter from a person licensed to teach in any state, or a person with a Master’s degree or higher in an academic discipline, having knowledge of the child’s academic progress, stating that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress; or
- A report card or transcript from a community college or college, college distance learning program, or home-education correspondence school; or
- Another type of “evaluation or assessment which the division superintendent determines to indicate that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress.” If you plan to submit an assessment under test option 4, it is strongly recommended that you discuss this with the school system early in the school year.
Virginia HSLDA Reference Site. Click on Detailed legal analysis of the Virginia homeschool law on the right side of the screen for a downloadable PDF document.
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