Prince William County residents can find the Home Instruction Packet here. Students may partially enroll in up to two classes in middle school and high school, including electives (choir, drama, etc.) High school-aged home instruction students may participate in Advanced Placement (AP) and Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) examinations and are eligible to receive free AP and PSAT testing opportunities to the same extent as students enrolled in Prince William County Public Schools. Parents may contact the school counseling department of their child's base high school during the first week of October for PSAT registration information and during the first week of March for AP test registration information.
By Mail - Office of Student Services, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108
Manassas Park City residents can find the Home Instruction Information Packet here.
City of Manassas residents can find homeschool information here. The contact name and address for where to send a homeschool NOI is not listed on the website. Call the City of Manassas Public Schools office to obtain this information. Information about part-time enrollment for 9-12 graders is here.
Fairfax County Public Schools have a webpage devoted to home instruction information. If you live in Fairfax County you may go here to find the mailing address for your Notice of Intent plus information on part-time high school enrollment.
Fauquier County residents will find their county's Notice of Intent Form here.
NOTE: The Virginia High School League prohibits homeschooled students from participating in school sports programs. HEAV is nuetral on this topic but does keep VA homeschoolers informed. The debate is ongoing. Read two different viewpoints on the topic in the HEAV Magazine.
Evidence of Achievement
To comply with § 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia, the parent is required to submit, by the following August 1, evidence of the child's academic achievement in one of the following ways:
1. Evidence that the child has attained a composite score in or above the fourth stanine on any nationally normed standardized achievement test; or
2. An evaluation or assessment which the school division superintendent determines to indicate that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress, including, but not limited to:
(a) 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
(b) a report card or transcript from a community college or college, college distance learning program, or home-education correspondence school.
While there are numerous tests and evaluations that may meet the requirements of this section of the law, this Department does not maintain a list of approved tests and evaluations. The Department of Education encourages parents to consult with school divisions and other resources such as home instruction parent organizations to
determine which test or method of evaluation best meets their needs and provides sufficient information.
This consultation is for information purposes only because a parent may use any nationally normed standardized achievement test as evidence of academic achievement. Please note, however, that any evaluation or assessment referenced must be sufficient to allow the division superintendent to determine that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress.
If the parent does not provide the required evidence of progress, the superintendent may place the home instruction program on probation for one year. (For the purpose of this provision, "not provided" means either that no information is submitted or the child is not making satisfactory academic progress as determined by the results of testing or the results of an evaluation or assessment.) If this happens, the parent will be required to file a remediation plan and evidence of the ability to provide an adequate education for the child. The superintendent must determine whether these submissions are adequate. The superintendent is not required to place the program on probation or accept the remediation plan. If the plan and evidence are not accepted or the required evidence is not provided byAugust 1 following the probationary year, home instruction shall cease and the parent must make other arrangements that comply with the compulsory attendance law.
(§ 22.1-254.1.C, Code of Virginia)
The evaluation requirement does not apply to children under the age of six as of September 30.
Why should we homeschool?
Below are just a few benefits from homeschooling:
Spend more time with your children.
Spend more time with your children when they are rested and fresh rather than tired and cranky after school.
Children can learn subjects not usually taught in their school.
Allow your children to learn at their own pace.
Allow children to work at a level that is appropriate to their own developmental stage.
Provide long, uninterrupted blocks of time for writing, reading, playing, thinking, or working so that the child is able to engage in sophisticated, complex activities and thought processes.
Encourage concentration and focus - which are discouraged in crowded classrooms with too many distractions.
Watch your child develop the ability to pace her/himself.
Teach your children to help more with household chores and personal responsibility.
Enjoy more field trips by spending time outdoors, at museums, parks, historical sites.
You've decided to give homeschooling a try. Now what?
Pray - ask God to help you discern if He is calling to homeschooling. Consider praying a novena for discernment.
Find Out Your State’s Laws – See our link on how to properly file your Letter of Intent.
Read about Curriculum Approaches – With so many choices out there, research a few curriculums before you decide what bests fits you and your family.
Join an Email List – if you can’t find a local group or you need to ask more questions than your group is able to answer, considering joining an email list. They can be an excellent source of support.
Just Do It – if you are being called to homeschool, don’t be tempted to put off the decision because you are trying to pull everything together. Sometimes, families just need to do it and work on the details as they go along. Consider field trips, reading literature and nature study as a way to get started.