How to Homeschool in Virginia

Overview

There are only a few requirements for you to homeschool in Virginia, leaving most of the instructional decisions to you. This allows you the freedom to determine the curriculum and instruction that best fits your family and your child, and this webpage is just the place to start. In this article you will find the following:

  • An overview of Virginia homeschool laws,
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in Virginia, and
  • A description of how Moving Beyond the Page can help you get started.
* This page does not contain legal advice and is not an endorsement of any homeschool groups listed. (see disclaimer)

Virginia Homeschool Laws

To homeschool in Virginia, you must submit an official notice of intent to homeschool (NOI) at the beginning of the school year and proof of educational progress at the end of each school year. There are several ways to fulfill these requirements, detailed below.

Notice of Intent (NOI)
Your NOI must be filed with your local school division superintendent by August 15th each year. You can write your own letter, use a form provided by your local school, or this form from vahomeschoolers.com. In your NOI, you must include a description of your curriculum, the option under which you qualify as a homeschool instructor (options listed below), and proof of your qualifications.

To include a curriculum description, you only need to provide a list of subjects you plan to teach your child. You are not required to have a formal curriculum or provide further information such as texts, unit plans, or curriculum scope. Some superintendents may request further information, but you are not required to provide any additional description unless you choose.

Finally, you are required to provide proof of your qualifications to provide homeschool instruction. You can qualify through any one of the following four options:

  • You hold a high school diploma.
  • You are a teacher qualified by the VA Board of Education.
  • You plan to provide and facilitate a formal program of study such as a correspondence course or distance learning course.
  • You can provide alternative evidence that you are able to provide adequate education to your child.
Here are the acceptable forms of proof of qualifications:

  • High school diploma or transcript; or proof of higher education (note that the Virginia Department of Education will not accept a GED as qualification to homeschool),
  • Current, valid Virginia teaching license (once the license is on file, you will not need to resubmit each year),
  • Evidence of enrollment in correspondence or distance learning course (must contain the name and address of the school along with the name of courses your child will take), or
  • A submission for alternative evidence should demonstrate your mastery of language and include planned scope, sequence, and potential instructional activities.
Proof of Educational Progress
At the end of the year, if your student is aged 6 through 18, you must submit proof of education progress. The deadline for submission is August 1st each year. You can complete this requirement one of two ways.

  • Provide proof that your child has scored in or above the fourth stanine of any nationally normed test. You can find more information on this option here.
  • Provide an alternative assessment or evaluation to your local superintendent. For more information on this option, follow this link.

Homeschool Groups in Virginia

Homeschooling your children is a daunting task, but there are many groups and organizations in Virginia to help you out. Here are some organizations you may want to look into.

Home Educators| Association of Virginia (HEAV)
This Christian, statewide organization provides a wealth of resources to all families in Virginia. They host seminars, organize local support groups, provide a free magazine, and offer testing resources at the end of the school year.
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
VaHomeschoolers provides several resources on their website ranging from FAQs on homeschooling, helpful articles, and discussion forums. They also host local support groups, an annual conference, and several events throughout the year.
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NOTE: You can find a wealth of local and state groups offering homeschooling advice and support on sites such as Facebook and Yahoo Groups. You can search by city or county, religious preference, homeschooling philosophy, and more. You will need a free account on these sites to join one of their groups.

A Homeschool Curriculum for Virginia

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of Virginia. All of the Moving Beyond the Page packages cover science, social studies, and language arts, and we offer a range of math programs as well. The Virginia legal requirements are only a starting point, and our curriculum utilizes a range of educational strategies that are designed to foster a love of learning in children including:

  • Hands-on activities,
  • Differentiated options, and
  • Independent projects.

Moving Beyond the Page encourages critical thinking and creativity while encouraging your child's unique learning style like no other curriculum on the market. If your child is a hands-on learner, a gifted learner, or a creative free-thinker, then you should look into Moving Beyond the Page for your child.

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Disclaimers

Any information about the laws in your state is provided to help you understand your legal requirements to homeschool in your state. It should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. This information was not compiled by a lawyer. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under. If you have questions, you should seek the advice of a lawyer that operates in your state.

Moving Beyond the Page does not endorse any of the homeschool groups that are included in these pages. They are provided only for your benefit. You should research any group to ensure that they align with your family's goals and philosophies.