How to Start Homeschooling in West Virginia

As a result of COVID-19, homeschooling is on the rise. For some, this is a short-term arrangement, and others have discovered that homeschooling is perfect for their family. In case you don’t know, homeschooling is simply the practice of educating your kids from home. Some families choose to collaborate through homeschooling cooperatives and extracurricular leagues to enrich the home school experience.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. When exploring the homeschooling route, please be aware that the laws and policies that govern homeschooling differ by state. If you wonder if homeschooling is a good fit for your family, you probably have questions about how to begin the process and what resources are available. Because of this, we created a series entitled, How to Start Homeschooling. In each installment, we will discuss homeschooling rules and resources for each state. In today’s installment, we will discuss homeschooling in West Virginia.

What you need to know:

  • West Virginia Homeschool Law requires you to submit a Notice of Intent to your superintendent.
  • If you need to remove your kid, submit the notice, and contact your kid’s school to remove your kid before homeschooling officially.
  • Home school teachers must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no minimum hours per day that your kid must attend homeschooling.
  • There are five required academic subjects: reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • West Virginia requires you to record your kid’s yearly educational assessment for up to three years.
  • Homeschool learners are required to participate in yearly educational assessments. They can choose one of the following: a national standardized test, a public school testing program, a portfolio evaluation, or an alternative educational assessment. Results should be sent to your school district superintendent at the end of grades 3, 5, 8, and 11.
  • If you re-enroll your kid in a public school, the process varies by the school district.


You may also want to check out WV Home Educators AssociationHome School Legal Defense Association – West Virginia, and Christian Home Educators of West Virginia.

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