2019 West Virginia Homeschool Laws- A Homeschool 101 Post

One of the most important aspects to homeschooling is keeping up to date with the current, and ever changing, homeschool laws. It is not the board's responsibility to notify parents of legal changes, it is the parent's responsibility to be on top of things. With that said, here are the current 2019 WV Homeschool Laws


Starting with the 2019/2020 school year, children are of compulsory age when they are age 6 on or before July 1, 2019-or upon registration in a public kindergarten program, until the reach the age of 17. Children in the counties of Cabell, Marshall, Monroe, and Wyoming must comply until they reach the age of 18. 


There are two forms of notice, and it is important to note the differences. 

Option One: Board approval. With this option, you are asking permission from the board to homeschool. They may or may not grant this permission. Instruction must take place in a board approved location, and for a time equal to that of the school term for the county where the child resides. You may be requested to furmish attendance, instruction, and progress information. The board can dictate the method of assessment. While I do not recommend this option for obvious reasons, it may be useful for some families. 

Option Two: Notification.  This is the option where you write out a Notice of Intent, and notify the board of your intent to homeschool your child/children. This is not asking for permission, but rather notifying the board of your decision to homeschool in accordance to WV Laws. 

You MUST follow specific requirements:
The person providing the instruction must have at least a High School diploma (or equivalent.)

You must submit your notice only one time. There is no waiting period any longer, so you don't need to worry about that. If you move to a different county, you must notify the county you are leaving, AND submit a new NOI to the new county. 

Each student has to have an annual assessment either through standardized testing OR portfolio review. Assessments need to be submitted to the board for grades 3, 5, 8, and 11. 

Going From School to Homeschool

There is no longer a waiting period. When you make the decision to homeschool, you send in your notice of intent and start homeschooling!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment!