West Virginia Homeschool Law – WV Homeschooling Laws

Understanding Your Rights

Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in West Virginia is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in West Virginia and helpful links to WV’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, West Virginia homeschool laws, and legal support resources.

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Links for West Virginia Homeschool Laws

West Virginia Department of Education Site

West Virginia Homeschool Information

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.

West Virginia Homeschool Summary

If you are homeschooling in the state of West Virginia, you will need to follow the guidelines for one of the two options outlined below:

  1. Option 1 (the approved option)- If you decide to homeschool under this option, you will need to follow these guidelines:
    • Go before your School Board for them to approve your homeschooling and the place you homeschool. You will also need to show you are qualified to give instruction in subjects taught in public schools.
    • Give instruction for 180 days as given in the local school and be willing to give attendance, instruction, and progress information if asked.  
  2. Option 2 (the notice option)– If you decide to homeschool under this option, you will need to follow these guidelines:
    • Give a “Notice of Intent” to your Superintendent. There is no specific form, but you must include each child’s name, address, age, grade level, evidence of the parent/instructor’s high school diploma or equivalent, and a plan of instruction for the year.
    • You are required to obtain an assessment each year that you homeschool. You may choose one of four options:
      • Select any nationally normed, standardized achievement test.
      • Participate in the public school testing program. 
      • Obtain a written narrative that indicates a certified teacher has reviewed a portfolio of your child’s work and determined that the child’s academic progress for the year is in accordance with the child’s abilities.
      • If the superintendent agrees, the child may complete any alternative academic assessment of proficiency. The parent or legal guardian shall submit to the county superintendent the results of the academic assessment of the child at grade levels three, five, eight and eleven, as applicable, by June 30 of the year in which the assessment was administered.

Helpful Resources

West Virginia HSLDA Reference Site.

For additional information, including a downloadable PDF with a detailed analysis of your state’s homeschool laws and legal counsel, be sure to become a member of the HSLDA for a yearly fee.

 

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