Homeschooled students in Virginia are currently not allowed to play on public high school interscholastic sports teams or participate in other competitive activities governed by the Virginia High School League (VHSL). The VHSL writes athletic eligibility rules and guidelines that all of its member public high schools in the state must follow, and those rules specifically exclude homeschoolers – even those who are attending public school on a part-time basis. (Policies on homeschoolers’ participation in non-VHSL after-school clubs and extra-curricular activities are set at the local level. Check your school division policy manual to find out what policies are in place where you live.)
At the direction of our membership in our annual member survey, The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers supports homeschool access to public school programs and services and since 1997 has worked to increase access at the state and local level. We have lobbied on behalf of sports access legislation (sometimes known as “Tebow Bills”), and have attempted to develop voluntary agreements to support the inclusion of qualified homeschooled students in VHSL programs.
To learn more about the issue of homeschool access to VHSL athletics and activities, and about VaHomeschoolers’ advocacy in this area, please visit our Homeschool Sports Access page.