We’re happy to hear you’re considering homeschooling. As veteran homeschoolers ourselves, we’ve been right where you are. In fact, we believe we may know some of the questions you’re asking and the potential fears you might have as you consider this journey for your family.
One of your first concerns may be that of wondering if your children will do as well educationally and, later, professionally … if you homeschool. We’re happy to tell you that studies are very favorable toward positive outcomes. One particular study of interest might be Homeschooling Across West Virginia which highlights academic achievements and demographic characteristics of West Virginia homeschoolers.
We’ve also assembled a host of resources on this page, from frequently asked questions, to video testimonials of homeschooling families within West Virginia.
While our hope is that of answering your questions and giving you quick access to helpful resources, our first and foremost encouragement is simple. Pray.
Pray, and remember that the Lord is the One who has blessed you with your children, and He has a plan for you. Seek Him first for your family. You’ll never be disappointed.
"(3) This subdivision applies to both home instruction exemptions set forth in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection. The county superintendent or a designee shall offer such assistance, including textbooks, other teaching materials and available resources, all subject to availability, as may assist the person or persons providing home instruction. Any child receiving home instruction may upon approval of the county board exercise the option to attend any class offered by the county board as the person or persons providing home instruction may consider appropriate subject to normal registration and attendance requirements."Please note - the county shall offer assistance.....all subject to availability.... Many public schools can use the subject to availability clause as a reason for denial of resources to homeschoolers. Most homeschoolers do not request resources from the public school, so this request to the county may be unusual. Counties who have available resources upon request will loan the student books, but teacher's books or answer keys are not provided making it sometimes difficult to use the public school curriculum. The reason is simple - usually only one teacher's book has been ordered for that year and, of course, the public school teacher is using it.
A person who administers a program of secondary education at a public, private or home school that meets the requirements of this chapter may issue a diploma or other appropriate credential to a person who has completed the program of secondary education. Such diploma or credential is legally sufficient to demonstrate that the person meets the definition of having a high school diploma or its equivalent.”
Colleges and universities often recognize that homeschooled students tend to be exceptional in their academic performance. Their academic strengths, combined with advanced studies and extracurricular activities that often include community service, make homeschooled students great candidates for admission and a successful college career. While homeschoolers vary widely, just like any other group of students, college statistics about homeschoolers are encouraging!
Read more about college admissions here.
1) demonstrate “satisfactory evidence of academic progress for one year” as provided in the homeschool exemption statute (§18-8-1(c)); (meet the 4th stanine in the 5 subject areas)
2) enrollment in in at least one virtual course per semester; (must maintain a C average) >br> 3) younger than 19 years of age by August 1st of the current school year;
4) amateur status, i.e., receives no compensation;
5) agreement to comply with “all disciplinary rules” of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) and county board of education; and
6) agreement to obey all WVSSAC rules regarding awards, all-star games, parental consents, physical examination, and vaccinations applicable to high school athletes.
The law also applies WVSSAC transfer rules to homeschool students who withdraw from public schools. In that situation, if the student withdrew from school during the academic year, the newly homeschooled student would be prohibited from participating in sports at that school (or potentially another WVSSAC school) for one year, per WVSSAC regulations. Finally, the law permits the imposition
of “reasonable fees” to cover the costs of participation in extracurricular activities.
Based on comments by WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan, the WVSSAC is expected to adopt implementing rules in 2020, which should ensure homeschooler eligibility for the 2020 fall sports season. County boards of education also may adopt special rules in response to this law. These rules could address any other conditions regarding the required virtual school course and the imposition of any participation fees, among other questions potentially left unanswered by the law. Therefore, homeschooling families who plan to take advantage of these new opportunities will need to follow developments on a state and county level in the coming months.
You may need to show the coach your eligibility paperwork - not test scores. Only the attendance director and/or guidance counselor should be shown scores.
You also need to show: immunization records, birth certificate, and two proofs of residency.
Please note: The option to take "x" number of classes is an option to participate in WVSSAC activities. Check with your county to see how many classes they require.