Parent/Guardian Requirements

Qualifications Required of Parents

  1. Hold a high school diploma or a higher credential.
  2. Meet the qualifications for a teacher as prescribed by the Board of Education.
  3. Provide a program of study or curriculum which is to be delivered through a correspondence course or a distance learning program or in some other manner.
  4. Submit a statement which describes why the parent is able to provide an adequate education for the child.

Requirement to Provide Evidence of Achievement

Parents must provide APS with evidence of the student’s achievement and progress. The APS policy (J-5.3.2) states:

The parent who elects to provide home instruction shall provide the Superintendent (c/o Liaison for Home Instruction) by August 1 following the school year in which the child has received home instruction with: “either (i) 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 (ii) an evaluation or assessment which the 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.In the event that evidence of progress as required in this subsection is not provided by the parent, the home instruction program for that child may be placed on probation for one year. Parents shall file with the division superintendent evidence of their ability to provide an adequate education for their child in compliance with subsection A and a remediation plan for the probationary year which indicates their program is designed to address any educational deficiency. Upon acceptance of such evidence and plan by the division superintendent, the home instruction may continue for one probationary year. If the remediation plan and evidence are not accepted or the required evidence of progress is not provided by August 1 following the probationary year, home instruction shall cease and the parent shall make other arrangements for the education of the child which comply with Virginia State Law § 22.1-254. The requirements of subsection C shall not apply to children who are under the age of six as of September 30 of the school year.”§ 22.1-254.1. Declaration of policy; requirements for home instruction of children.