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Home Instruction Information and Registration

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Home Instruction Information Must be Submitted Annually

Parents must ensure that their child attends school in compliance with the state compulsory attendance law, when the child has reached their fifth birthday on or before September 30 of any school year and has not passed their 18th birthday. The compulsory attendance law requires that unless the child falls within one of the specified exceptions, that they attend a public or private school or receive an education through one of the other Code of Virginia alternatives to school attendance. Home instruction (also referred to as “home schooling”) is one alternative to school attendance. Parents may home school “when the requirements...of the Code have been satisfied.”


The Code requires parents who home instruct to provide their local school division with:
  • Evidence of having met one of the criteria for providing home instruction, 
  • A notice of intent to home instruct,
  • A list of the subjects to be studied for the coming year, and
  • Evidence of academic progress at the end of the school year, by August 1

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Home Instruction Information 

Criteria for Providing Home Instruction

The Code of Virginia requires the parent providing home instruction to submit evidence to their local school division that they meet one of the following options:
  • Option I: The parent holds a high school diploma or a higher credential
  • Option II: The parent meets the qualifications of a teacher as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education
  • Option III: The parent provides the child with a program of study or curriculum which may be delivered through a correspondence course or distance learning program or in any other manner
  • Option IV: The parent provides evidence that the parent can provide an adequate education for the child

Notice of Intent & Registration for Home Instruction

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent - Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction is due August 15.
  2. Select a home instruction option and provide the required documentation for the option selected.
  3. Submit a list of subjects that the student(s) will study.
  4. Submit evidence of achievement at the end of the school year.

Registration for Home Instruction can be done online or by downloading and completing the Notice of Intent form.  Information on each registration method can be found below.

Evidence of Achievement is due August 1.

Per the Code of Virginia § 22.1-254.1 (C ) Evidence of Achievement can be submitted in one of the following ways:
  • Evidence that the child has attained a composite score in or above the fourth stanine on any nationally normed standardized achievement test, or an equivalent score on the ACT, SAT, or PSAT test; or
  • An evaluation letter from a person licensed to teach in any state, or a person with a master’s degree or higher in an academic discipline, having knowledge of the child’s academic progress, stating that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress; or
  • A report card or transcript from an institution of higher education, college, distance learning program, or home-education correspondence school.


Waiver of Compulsory Attendance - Religious Exemption
Parents seeking a religious exemption must petition the School Board and show that, by reason of bona fide religious training or belief, the pupil, together with the pupil's parents, is conscientiously opposed to attendance at school.  The term bona fide religious training or belief “does not include essentially political, sociological, or philosophical views or a merely personal code.”  (§ 22.1-254.B.1, Code of Virginia)
Parents interested in religious exemption should contact Judy Woolfrey, Executive Director of Elementary Instruction or Renee Honaker, Executive Director of Secondary Instruction at (540) 661-4550 or for information on the process for seeking this exemption.