How to Homeschool in West Virginia

Choosing to homeschool your child in West Virginia gives you a few options for how you homeschool. West Virginia offers two options for you to homeschool your family, however because of the two different options the laws for homeschooling can seem a bit overwhelming. This article will help to explain the two different options so that you can make an informed decision about how you wish to educate your child. In this article you will find an:
  • An overview of West Virginia homeschool laws
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in West Virginia
  • 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)

West Virginia Homeschool Laws

Option 1
The first option you have for homeschooling your family involves getting approval from a school board for homeschooling. If you choose this option you will need to do the following:
  • Your instruction needs to be approved
  • You instruction must be for at least 180 days
  • You must have attendance, instruction and progress information available in the event that the school board requests to see them
It is important to note that if you choose this option, the board has the right to deny approval for your child to be homeschooled.

Option 2
In option 2 you only need to file a notice of intent. The notice will inform the state that you wish to provide your child's education from home. It will include your child's name, address, age, and grade level. The notice will also require you to provide proof of a high school diploma or something of equivalence. To qualify for option 2 you must have at least a high school diploma to homeschool your child. Finally you will need to attach an outline for you plan of instruction to your notice of intent.
If you choose option 2, you will also need to submit an assessment of your child to your child's superintendent by June 30. You have a few options for how your child is assessed each year.
  • Standardized Test
  • You can opt to have your child take a state approved standardized test. The test will need to cover language, reading, math, science, and social studies, as well as be administered according to the publisher's instructions. This link will provide you with more information about the standardized test option and instructions on how to order and administer the test.
  • Portfolio
  • You can put together a portfolio of your child's work, a description of their progress in the areas of reading, math, science, social studies and language, and a short description of what your child needs improvement on. This website is helpful in describing how you should put your portfolio together, as well as how you can submit your portfolio.
  • State Testing Program
  • The state testing program option basically has your child take the public school annual test at a public school. You child will need to show substantial progress in their education based on the current guidelines for state testing.
  • Alternative Assessment
  • You also have the option of submitting an alternative form of assessment that you deem acceptable. However, for this option your alternative assessment will need to be approved of by the superintendent else you will need to do one of the other three options listed above.

Homeschool Groups in West Virginia

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

Christian Home Educators of West Virginia (CHEWV)
CHEWV is a Christian homeschool group that provides assistance to homeschool families across the state. Their website provides both new and experienced homeschool families information and guidance. Whether you need help understanding the homeschooling laws, or you want a list of testing options for your child, CHEWV will provide it. CHEWV also has a list of homeschool events both statewide (i.e. conferences, and state fairs), and locally (i.e. field trips, and support group meetings). Whatever information you need about homeschooling, CHEWV has available for you to utilize in order to make your life easier.
Tri-State Homeschoolers
This support group serves several counties in West Virginia and is open to everyone who wishes to join. Tri-State Homeschoolers provides newsletters to keep their families connected, recreational and educational events for your family to attend, and discounts for testing and other local venues. This homeschool group is the perfect place to meet new people and expand your child’s education trough field trips and activities.
West Virginia Home Educators Association (WVHEA)
WVHEA is a homeschool group based in Clarksburg, West Virginia, but they serves the entire state also. Even if you do not live close to Clarksburg, WVHEA has a toll-free line that you are free to call if you have any questions or concerns regarding homeschooling. They also have contacts with several homeschool groups from around the state that you can ask about and find a group that fits for you and your family. WVHEA also provides a newsletter to its members that will keep you updated with everything pertaining to homeschooling, any changes in legislature or activities going on around the area for homeschoolers. Regardless of if you live near Clarksburg, WV, you will find that West Virginia Home Educators Association is very helpful and supportive to your family.
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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 West Virginia

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of West 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 West 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.