Richmond, VA, is a great place to educate your children at home. There are many homeschoolers, and lots of great museums to visit!
If you are homeschooling your children, or considering homeschooling your children, then this is the place to start.
If you need information about the Virginia law with regards to homeschooling, and how to get started, then visit The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.
People decide to homeschool for many reasons: academic, social, political, religious, philosophical, and so on.
There are many different homeschool styles or methods including
unschooling (or child-led
traditional/school at home.
Common to most parents' decision is a love for their children and wanting to do what is best for their them. Homeschooling allows a tailor-made education. It builds relationships while families live and learn together.
Go to The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers Guide to Homeschooling.
Home-schooled children should be able to join public school
classes and activities their parents help pay for
"Up in Richmond, they're not so open to the idea that the younger members of the public should be welcome to participate in publicly funded activities. The General Assembly — again — balked at allowing home-schooled students to participate in high school sports and other competitive activities."
Daily Press, 2/23/10
Community colleges expand options for home-schoolers
"Twenty-five years after Virginia legalized home schooling, community colleges have become a popular option for families such as the Frosts who want to supplement the education they provide."
Richmond Times Dispatch, 5/25/09
Homeschooling in Virginia
"Thousands of parents across the State of Virginia choose to homeschool their kids. Most say it's a luxury that they're able to stay at home to teach their children."
CBS 6 - WTVR, 3/09
Divisional winners will compete in spelling bee
"Listed are the winner's name, age at the time of the divisional bee, parents, grade, school, number of rounds in bee and winning word."
"Home School: Barry Holland, 10, son of Jason and DeLisa Holland of Mechanicsville, fifth grade, 31 rounds, 'ergonomic.' Runner-up: Hannah Mills, 13, daughter of Rebecca and Allen Mills of Henrico, eighth grade."
Richmond Times Dispatch, 3/2/09
The Best Lessons Are Sometimes Discovered at Home
"home-educated students start learning like adults early on."
"home schooling has allowed him to begin to experience real education: something you do because you need to know -- not because you have to check off three more random subjects in order to earn that diploma."
Richmond Times Dispatch, 11/09/08
Home-school Softball Team a New Option
"Homeschooling parents who lament the lack of sports avenues for their children can take heart. A new home school softball team called Spirit Fastpitch has been formed."
Powhatan Today, 11/06/08
Home-Schooling: State Groups Key to Success, Growth
"One of the key components of the success and growth of home-schooling in the United States has been state home-school organizations."
"HEAV's statement of purpose is consistent with many other state organizations, which is to encourage parents to fulfill their fundamental, God-given right and responsibility to educate their children at home."
"the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers (VaHomeschoolers) — serves home-schoolers from a non-religious basis."
The Washington Times, 10/19/08
The Homeschool School Revolution
"While the citizens of Richmond battle red tape and political agendas to create a single charter school... thousands of others are dropping out of the public education system. They're called home schoolers, and their numbers are growing at an explosive rate. "
Bacon's Rebellion, 9/17/08
Home Schooling's Success Entices
"Homeschooling allows a customized education, while at the same time it strengthens family relationships. It is an active decision made by parents to take responsibility for the education of their children, rather than remain dependent on taxpayer-funded alternatives."
Richmond Times Dispatch, 8/28/08
Out of school, into the home
"A Henrico mother chooses home schooling over special education for her two autistic children."
Richmond Times Dispatch, 6/21/08
Home-school effort becoming mainstream
"Once illegal in Va., the practice now is growing in state"
Richmond Times Dispatch, 6/7/08
No Place Like Home?
"Home schooling, once mostly a rural, religious movement, has become sleek, secular and mainstream. For many parents, the unconventional education may just be the best education."
Richmond Magazine, 3/06
Homeschooled applicants attractive to top liberal arts colleges, admission officers say
"homeschoolers have become highly desirable as applicants to some of the best institutions of higher learning"
University (of Richmond) Communications, 12/19/05