Home Instruction

General Home Instruction Information

In accordance with Va. Code § 22.1-254.1 and King George County Schools Policy LBD, below you will find information for completion of the home instruction process.

Home Instruction Process 

Step 1: Submit a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction (NOI) via US Mail, Fax, Email, or by dropping it off in person to the King George County School Board Office. This must be submitted by August 15 of each school year. 

Step 2: Choose the home school option that you are pursuing. Please also provide the appropriate documentation according to the option that you have selected e.g., diploma, teaching license, etc. 

Step 3: Submit the curriculum that the student will be taking. This could include a list of courses being instructed by the parent, an enrollment letter from a correspondence or virtual school, acceptance letter/course schedule from a private school, or other information listing the subjects or describing the course of studies the child(ren) will be learning. 

Step 4: Submit progress information at the end of the school year. Certification of progress must be received by August 1 of each school year. 

Home Instruction Forms

End Of Year Testing Resources For Home School Families:

Listed below are some resources for annual progress purposes. This list is provided as a resource only. You may know of or prefer to use another company. This is only one option of many for certifying your child's progress for home instruction. You may reference Va Code § 22.1-254.1 for further information. 

Fall 2017 Announcements 

Notice of Intent Processing
Notices of Intent were due August 15 and Certification of Progress was due August 1. These annual requirements and deadlines are established by Virginia statute. If you have not submitted your required documents, please do so immediately. Postal mail is preferred to prevent these important documents from going to email spam folders. To document receipt of delivery, you may wish to mail your items with tracking or confirmed delivery with return receipt. Please do not request a signature for confirmed delivery, as this may significantly delay delivery. Families should also keep a copy of their completed Notice of Intent for their own records as this is often required for such things as DMV, RCC, etc. 

Please mail to: 

King George County Schools
c/o Home Instruction
PO Box 1239
King George, VA 22485

While letters of receipt by the school division are not required to be provided, KGCS recognizes that families use these letters for many purposes and we do our best to provide these letters to families. Families that submitted all requirements by the established deadlines are mailed letters by the end of September each year. Documents that are submitted after the statutory deadline has passed will be processed in batches through the end of December. Any notices submitted after this time will receive a letter upon request. Once received, please keep a copy of this letter for your records as we do not maintain or provide additional copies. 

If Notice of Intent is not received, and we have no indication of meeting the compulsory attendance statute by other means, a CHINS-truancy petition may be filed. 

Probationary Status
By the Code of Virginia 22.1-254.1 (excerpt, emphasis added): 
In the event that evidence of progress as required in this subsection is not provided by the parent, the home instruction program for that child may be placed on probation for one year. Parents shall file with the division superintendent evidence of their ability to provide an adequate education for their child in compliance with subsection A and a remediation plan for the probationary year which indicates their program is designed to address any educational deficiency. Upon acceptance of such evidence and plan by the division superintendent, the home instruction may continue for one probationary year. If the remediation plan and evidence are not accepted or the required evidence of progress is not provided by August 1 following the probationary year, home instruction shall cease and the parent shall make other arrangements for the education of the child which comply with § Compulsory Attendance 22.1-254

By this section of the Code of Virginia, a student's home instruction program may be placed on a one year probation for two reasons. 1. The parent submitted the evidence of progress on time but it did not meet the required statutory standards; or, 2. The parent did not submit progress on time. 
If either of the above occurs, the family must submit a remediation plan which describes how the plan will address the deficiency as well as evidence to support this. 

If the home instruction program does provide an acceptable remediation plan, the home instruction program will be placed on a one year probationary status. Following this one year of probation, if the home instruction program still does not meet statutory standards, home instruction must cease and compulsory attendance must be met by some other means. 

If the home instruction program does not provide an acceptable remediation plan and evidence, home instruction must cease and compulsory attendance must be met by some other means. 

Important - Please note the following legislation, as passed by the Virginia General Assembly, and in effect as of 7/1/2017

"School boards shall make Advanced Placement (AP), Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), and the PreACT examinations available to students receiving home instruction pursuant to this section. School boards shall adopt written policies that specify the date by which such students shall register to participate in such examinations. School boards shall notify such students and their parents of such registration deadline and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take such examinations."

King George County Schools Policy LBD will be updated to align with this legislation as soon as guidance policy from VSBA is received. However, until such time, please note the following information: 

*AP EXAMS are scheduled by the College Board during two weeks each Spring. The schedule can be found here: http://bit.ly/2rKGwpt

The registration deadline for exams that will be offered locally at KGHS is March 9, 2018. Contact Terri Morrison at 540-775-3535 x 3201 for registration information, as well as the list of exams KGHS offers. 

*PSAT/NMSQT EXAMS are scheduled by the College Board at various testing locations around the country on specific dates. KGHS is a host site on October 11, 2017. The registration deadline for this testing date is September 8. 2017. Contact Terri Morrison at 540-775-3535 x 3201 for registration information. 

For more information about any of these exams, or the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students, please view the College Board website at https://www.collegeboard.org/

PreACT is not offered at King George County Schools. Caroline County Schools and Rappahannock Community College are the nearest testing centers. For more information, visit the ACT website

Additional Information

We would like for students and parents to be aware of the services and opportunities available to the Home Instruction community via King George County Schools and/or the Virginia Department of Education.

  • College and Career Planning - The Virginia Department of Education has produced a website www.vawizard.org for career and college planning with tools for elementary, middle, and high school students.
  • Special Education - Evaluation and related services may be available for students who are identified as needing additional support in their educational process. Please contact the Supervisor of Special Services at 540-775-5833 ext. 8621 for additional information.
  • Part-Time Enrollment - Part-time enrollment is available for home instruction students at all grade levels on a space-available basis. Please contact Mary Fisher at 540-775-5833 x 8614 or mfisher@kgcs.k12.va.us for information.                    
  • Registration and Financial Assistance - Please contact the King George High School Counseling Office at 540-775-3535 to register for Advanced Placement tests or the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests (PSAT), as well as for information regarding the availability of financial assistance to low income families to take these exams.