Home Instruction

The Compulsory Attendance Code page gives an overview of the ways in which Virginia’s Compulsory Attendance Statute §22.1-254 may be satisfied.  One of those ways, providing home instruction, is detailed in:

Home Instruction Statute §22.1-254.1

Overview

There are two legal requirements for homeschooling in Virginia. First, at the beginning of each school year, by August 15th, a parent/guardian wishing to homechool under the Home Instruction Statute must file a “Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction” (NOI) with the local school division superintendent.  Second, at the end of the year, by August 1st, evidence of the child’s educational progress must be supplied to the superintendent.

Having satisfied those requirements each year, the parent/guardian is free to homeschool in any manner that works best, and at the level and pace appropriate for the child.  Note also that the parent/guardian has the right (without notice to the superintendent) to change materials and/or methods during the term, in an effort to optimize the child’s learning experience.  Homeschoolers in Virginia use a variety of curriculums and approaches, ranging from pre-packaged curriculum and correspondence schools to child-initiated learning or “unschooling.”  Please see the Guide to Homeschooling in Virginia for ideas and examples.

Note:  If the decision to begin home instruction is made after August 15th, the NOI should be delivered to the superintendent as soon as possible, in order to avoid truancy charges. For more information, see Beginning Homeschooling Mid-year.

Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction (NOI)

To learn what information must be supplied in the NOI, please read carefully:

Notice of Intent

Evidence of Educational Progress (Testing or Evaluation)

To learn what tests and other forms of evaluation may be used as “evidence of progress,” please read:

Evidence of Progress

Note:  If the child is younger than 6 years old on September 30th of the beginning of the school year, no evidence of progress is required at the end of that term.   To read more about this exception, please see:

Kindergarten Options

 

 


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