Over the years, many people have contributed to these listings. The seeds of the collection came from Ruthann Biel, Growing Without Schooling, and Home Education Press.
For all homeschoolers in Albemarle county and the surrounding area. Mailing list coordinates park days and craft times, lists local community activities, and announces VHEA (Virginia Home Education Association) seminars or other information important to homeschoolers.
Ashburn Christian Home Educators
Monthly meetings for moms; quarterly meetings for dads; field trips and other group activities for kids.
Fenton Clendenin 703-726-0147 or
Robin Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
c/o Debbie Grief
Rt 1 Box 132-A
Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363
CCHE - Christ Centered Home Educators
Multifocus network of Christian homeschool groups for Stafford, Spotylsvania, and Fredericksburg areas. Annual curriculum fair and regional events.
P.O. Box 5265
Fredericksburg, VA 22403
CHEFS - Christian Home Educators Family Support
401 W Main Street
Salem, VA 24153
COIL - Community of Independent Learners
PO Box 16029
Alexandria, VA 22302
A group of eclectic homeschooling families in eastern Prince William County. Members utilize a wide spectrum of homeschooling methods, from pre-packaged curriculum to radical unschooling, and everything between. The group has no rules, no dues, and no hierarchy; meets informally to share ideas, information and outings. A support group where all activities are purposely separate from any religious or spiritual function.
Goochland Home Educators
Contact: Kevin and Robin Larson
4151 Broad Street Road
Gum Spring, VA 23065
A "ministry" with a Statement Of Belief, co-op classes, and other activities.
Northern Virginia; Christian but "open to all homeschoolers." Elective classes, monthly newsletter, library, many family events, and an annual homeschool conference.
An inclusive support group for the City of Fredericksburg (Spotsylvania & Caroline Counties).
HOPE - Home Organization of Parent Educators
300+ families in Northern Virginia
14120 Walton Dr.
Manassas, VA 20112-3701
Christian team sports for Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.
JPEKH - Jewish Parents Educating Kids at Home
2520 Rocky Branch Road
Vienna, VA 22181
LIFE - Learning in a Family Environment
A secular support group in Loudoun county
11465 Dutchman's Creek Road
Lovettsville, VA 20180
Many Paths for Excellence
A diverse homeschool group in southeastern VA. Fun, high-quality, educational opportunities and support.
Jill Friestad <email@example.com>
A very active group, in the area between DC and Richmond. Fieldtrips and other activities.
Publishes a monthly newsletter, organizes workshops, and serves as a knowledge bank for local resources. Regular member support groups meetings all around the metropolitan area.
SCHEL - Shore Christian Home Educators League
Support for home schoolers in Accomack and Northampton Counties.
c/o LaFaso Family
38 Kerr Street
Onancock, VA 23336
A support group for the Hampton Roads, Virginia and northeastern North Carolina region. Sports, proms, graduation, curriculum fair, arts and science programs, and monthly meetings with local and national speakers. No membership requirements; open to all home schooling families.
P.O. Box 64516
Virginia Beach, VA 23467-4516
Christian support and activity group in the Tidewater area.
Resources, activities, and friendship for Fredericksburg (Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Orange, Culpeper, and Louisa counties) Christian families.
Statewide association that works to promote and protect homeschooling in Virginia: Website lists support groups throughout the state. HEAV publishs a free quarterly magazine (14,000 subscribers), a free weekly e-mail newsletter, and The Virginia Homeschool Manual. Also coordinates an annual convention and graduation every June in Richmond, works with the Department of Education, and lobbies the General Assembly.
An association of individuals, families, and Virginia-based homeschool groups and businesses. Represents home schooling interests to legislators, government officials, the media, and others; informs and serves members on matters relating to home education. Neutral on matters of religion, partisan politics, and non-homeschooling issues. $15/year for individuals, and $50/year for support groups. Membership includes a subscription to the VHEA newsletter. (A subscription without actual VHEA membership is also available for the same rate.) Website includes local support group listings.
Chincoteague Home School Newsletter
Information on home school activities on the DELMARVA peninsula.
c/o Blair Steadman Family
4288 Sunrise Drive Circle
Chincoteague, VA 23336
An email newsletter with information on classes, clubs, field trips and information for homeschooling families in Northern Virginia. To subscribe, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A moderated list for homeschooling families in and around Fauquier County Virginia. Provides information and support for homeschoolers, including activity announcements. Any member can post messages to the group, but are asked to be respectful of other families differing motivations and methods.
A list for any Virginia residents who prefer to discuss homeschooling ONLY, without religious or partisan political threads.
Compulsory Attendance:Code of Virginia Annotated $ 22.1-254.
Home School Statutes:Va. Code Ann. $ 22.1-254.1
Alternate Statutes Allowing for Home Schools:Home Schools have 2 additional options:
Standardized Tests:Parents have two options. Va. Code Ann. $22.1-254.(C)
Home School Legal Defense Association
Paeonian Springs, VA 22129
Changes since 1990:
A couple years ago, VA dropped the standard to the same as for public schools: 23rd percentile.
Also, some counties are now refusing to accept the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and instisting on Stanford.