Homeschooling in Virginia: Start Here

Welcome to the home page for homeschooling in Virginia. If you are searching for information about VA homeschools or want to learn how to get started, you are in the right place.

Virginia has more legal requirements than most states.

Virginia Homeschool Overview
And Homeschool Requirements in Virginia

There are an estimated 47,018 home educated students in Virginia

Virginia requires homeschooling families to submit annual reports. VA does not require that home educators take specific subjects or classes. Virginia policy for homeschool assessment is as follows: Annual assessment or evaluation. Allows for philosophical, moral or religious exemption if the parent meets certain educational qualifications.

Very few states have laws that prevent parents from homeschooling their children. Virginia does not prohibit parents from homeschooling based on their legal or criminal history. Only two states, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, prohibit some parents based on their criminal history or by someone living in the home.

To homeschool in Virginia, parents must satisfy a minimum level of education: High School Diploma. Allows for parents to waive this requirement if they can prove their ability to teach, makes exception if students are following a distance learning curriculum, and provides an exception for religious beliefs.

Virginia vaccine information

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Virginia Homeschool Law

Virginia State Standards and Common Core

Virginia did not adopt the Common Core, but it was able to demonstrate that its current academic standards aligned completely to the Common Core.

State Subject Requirements

Requirements depend on the legal option used for homeschooling.

Homeschool Statute:

None. However, students must achieve either the 23rd percentile on a nationally standardized achievement test or have an evaluation with a standardized teacher or other qualified individual showing “an adequate level of educational growth and progress.”

Religious Exemption:


Private Tutor:


Important VA legal information links

Virginia Homeschool Key Resources

How to Start Homeschooling in VA

It is not as hard as you might think to start homeschooling in Virginia! Click here to get started.

Local Homeschool Associations, Organizations, and Groups

Our local organizations/homeschool groups database is under construction.

Local Common Core Action Groups

Find Homeschool Curriculum

We make it incredibly easy to find the right homeschool curriculum for your family. View our list of homeschool curriculum to get started.

Virginia Homeschool Conventions and Seminars

Help Homeschooling in VA

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Sources: State-by-state education laws, state-by-state education bylaws, Dept. Education, local homeschool groups, and the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
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