The Code of Virginia
§22.1-253.13: 4 A says:
Each local school board shall award diplomas to all secondary school students, including students who transfer from nonpublic schools or from home instruction, who earn the units of credit prescribed by the Board of Education, pass the prescribed tests, and meet such other requirements as may be prescribed by the local school board and approved by the Board of Education. Provisions shall be made for students who transfer between secondary schools and from nonpublic schools or from home instruction as outlined in the standards for accreditation. Further, reasonable accommodation to meet the requirements for diplomas shall be provided for otherwise qualified students with disabilities as needed.
To read the complete text of the law: §22.1-253.13: 4 A Standard 4. Student achievement and graduation requirements.
Regulations Establishing Standards For Accrediting Public Schools In Virginia (SOA)
The statewide Regulations Establishing Standards For Accrediting Public Schools In Virginia (SOA) (8 VAC 20-131, adopted May 24, 2006; effective September 7, 2006) address transfer credit for homeschoolers and other transfer students. See pages 15-18 .
Local School Division Policies
To find your local school division policies on transfer credit or other homeschooling issues, read Local School Division Policies on Homeschooling in Virginia. Keep in mind that all policies on transfer credit written before September 2006 are out of date, because they do not reflect the revised SOA.
Curriculum Provider Accreditation Status
To learn the accreditation status of your curriculum provider, contact them directly, or check one of the following websites:
- The Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) provides a list of state recognized VCPE-accredited distance learning providers. If your curriculum provider is on this list, the credit should transfer automatically to Virginia public schools.
- VCPE also provides a list of state recognized VCPE-accredited private schools. If your student has taken courses from one of these private schools, then the credit should transfer automatically to Virginia public schools.
Note: The Virginia Department of Education used to provide a list of correspondence school programs approved for home instruction under option (iii) of §22.1-254.1, which included accreditation information. However, this list has been discontinued as of July 1, 2008, due to the revision of the home instruction statute. VDOE is no longer in the business of “approving” correspondence school or distance learning programs. Formerly “approved” programs may not necessarily be accredited through VCPE or a VCPE member organization.
VDOE’s Home Instruction in Virginia: Information for Parents
VDOE’s manual “Home Instruction in Virginia: Information for Parents 2006-2007″ (pp 8-9) contains useful information on both transfer credit and “off-site instruction” (coursework completed by a public school student outside a public school).
High School Record Keeping
For more information on homeschool recordkeeping for high school, explore some of the resources on VaHomeschoolers’ Homeschooling Teens Resource page.
Still have questions? Contact VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs. Please let us know how the transfer credit regulations are affecting your family. We look forward to helping you with your questions and concerns about transfer credit and other homeschooling issues.
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