Virginia Homeschool Laws From A to Z
Home-based education is legal in all 50 states, but homeschooling laws differ throughout the U.S. Before you embark on the homeschool journey, you need to learn about the specific requirements in your state.
If you want to teach your child at home in the Mother of States, you can count on DoNotPay to break down Virginia homeschool laws. We can also help with the initial paperwork and send a notice of intent to homeschool to the superintendent of your school district.
If you want to teach your child at home in Virginia, you have four options available. You can homeschool:
- Under the home instruction
- With a religious exemption
- With a certified tutor
- Under the private school option
To homeschool under the home instruction in Virginia, you must:
- Possess home instructor qualifications— You can enclose a high school diploma (or higher degree) or a current Virginia teacher’s license
- Provide an annual evaluation—You have to provide an evaluation showing your child’s development and progress. This document must be submitted before August 1 in the form of:
- Results of any nationally-normed standardized achievement test (ACT, SAT, or PSAT score)
- An evaluation letter from a person licensed to teach in any state, or an individual with a master’s degree or higher stating that your child is showing academic progress
- A report card or transcript from a college or community college or home-education correspondence school
Under Virginia law, any school board must excuse a child from school if the child and their parents have specific religious beliefs. To have your child homeschooled under this option, you need to complete these steps:
- File a religious exemption application letter to your school board
- Get a reply to your letter
- Exempt any other children
If needed, you can reapply next year.
Virginia law allows other people to homeschool your child if you don’t feel competent to do so yourself or don’t have time. Any individual holding a current Virginia teacher license has the right to ask the school superintendent to approve them as a tutor. When that person receives the approval, they can tutor any student (including their children).
Homeschooling Under a Private School Option in Virginia
According to Virginia law, private school students can attend classes without being physically present at school. To make this possible, the child needs to attend the school:
- For the same number of hours per day and days per year as attending students
- During the same period as other students
Additional rules apply if you decide to homeschool your child in Virginia. Check out the table below for more details:
|Virginia Homeschool Requirements||Details|
|Attendance age||Children between five and 18 need to attend school|
|Subjects required||There are no mandatory subjects you should teach your child|
|Curriculum||You get to choose the homeschool curriculum|
|Teacher qualifications||There aren’t any unless you choose to homeschool with a certified tutor|
Virginia law requires parents to send a notice of intent to homeschool before they begin teaching their children at home. You must send this letter to the superintendent of your school district every year by August 15.
If you are not sure how to create this legal document or don’t have time to do so, you can count on DoNotPay for help!
Writing the letter of intent can be a dull and time-consuming task, but DoNotPay can take over this chore! We create the notice of intent for you easily and without trouble. You only need to:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Select our Notice of Intent to Homeschool product
- Answer a few questions about your home school district
- Give us the essential info about you and your child
Once you complete the questionnaire, you can download the PDF and send it to the superintendent. If you prefer, DoNotPay can mail the letter in your stead. You can also have your letter of intent notarized if the local laws mandate this step!
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