Homeschooling in Virginia

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Growth in the Number of Virginia Homeschoolers

Virginia, the state famous for the slogan Virginia is for lovers, is a state for which I have obtained official figures on the number of homeschoolers. Virginia homeschoolers can make use of either of two main state statutes when homeschooling. One is a general homeschooling statute, the other a religious exemption from compulsory school attendance statute. Local school authorities in Virginia are the counties or the various independent cities and towns. In former years, some of those local school authorities were reluctant to grant exemptions under the religious exemption statute. Thus the proportion of homeschoolers registering under the religious exemption statute is not an accurate measure of the proportion of Virginia homeschoolers who may be homeschooling for religious reasons in whole or in part. The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education began gathering figures about the religious exemption in a later year than when it began gathering figures about the general homeschooling statute, so the data series below begins with figures reporting the number of children registered under the general statute, followed by one year (1993-1994) in which both the aggregate figure of all homeschooled children and the number of children using the general statute are shown, followed by recent years showing only the aggregate figure of all homeschooled children registered with local school authorities. The official figures from the state government of Virginia were kindly mailed to me by a state official whom I contacted by telephone in 1998.

Homeschooling Growth in Virginia
School Year Official # H's'ed Children Notes Increase
1991-1992 4,558(w/o relig. cat'y)N/A
1992-1993 5,842(w/o relig. cat'y)28% (this cat'y only)
1993-1994 8,454(7,009 w/o relig. cat'y)20% (above cat'y only)
1994-1995 9,79616% (all categories)
1995-199610,86211% (all categories)

These figures show about 1 percent of Virginia's school-aged children are homeschooled. These official figures suggest the recent annual growth rate in homeschooling (under both Virginia statutes pertaining to homeschooling) is about 13 percent.

Virginia Home Schooling Organizations

Virginia has various statewide organizations, with informative Web sites.

Virginia Home Education Association
The Virginia Home Education Association (VHEA) keeps a very interesting, often visited Web site, and has provided support to Virginia homeschoolers for a long time.

Other Pages of This FAQ

Feel free to browse the other pages of the Homeschooling Is Growing Worldwide FAQ, besides this Homeschooling in Virginia page, for more detailed information. The overall structure of the FAQ is like the outline below:
Homeschooling Is Growing Worldwide (main page of homeschool growth FAQ)
Overview of growth trends in the number of home-schooled children around the world.
Homeschooling in Minnesota
Official statistics on homeschooling in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Homeschoolers, with links to state organizations.
Homeschooling in Missouri
Links to resources on homeschooling in Missouri.
Homeschooling in North Carolina
Official statistics on homeschooling in North Carolina.
Homeschooling in Virginia [this page]
Official statistics on homeschooling in Virginia, with links to state organizations.
Homeschooling Growth in the 1980s
Homeschooling growth trends in the United States in the 1980s, as recorded in a 1990 research paper.
Homeschooling in the United Kingdom
Basic information about homeschooling in The United Kingdom, a country with thousands of homeschoolers.
Homeschooling in Canada
Basic information and links about homeschooling in Canada, a country with thousands of homeschoolers.

This Homeschooling in Virginia page can also be considered a subpage of the Learn in Freedom! Education Reform, Home-Schooling Links page on this site. More specific pages for states of the United States and for countries around the world will be added as my schedule permits. Please send me any information you have about the number of homeschoolers in any place you know about.

[Last revision 9 March 2013]

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