West Virginia Homeschool Laws & Getting Started

In 1983, West Virginians began homeschooling under exemption (k). In 1986, subsection (b) of Exemption (B) of WV Code 18-8-1 became the legal method of homeschooling. Today, over 11,000 children are homeschooled in West Virginia, and more join every year.

The Process to Start Homeschooling (it looks long and complicated but it really isn't!)

Step One - Print and fill out a Notice of Intent (NOI). 

  • You only need to do this once, unless you move to a different county, change addresses, or add another child.

  • You can find a simple NOI to copy/paste in the drop down menu above.  Make sure to replace with your own information!

  • You can find sample NOI's at www.wvhea.org and www.chewv.org .  We do not recommend using any forms supplied by the county because they often ask for more information than required by law.

  • A NOI has to be submitted if your child is already enrolled in school, or after they are 6 by July 1.  

  • You must include a copy of your high school diploma or higher level degree with the NOI.

Step Two - Submit the NOI to your county Board of Education.

  • Option A - Take two copies of the NOI with the copy of your diploma to the Board Office.  Have them date and sign one copy of the NOI for your records.

  • Option B - Mail the NOI and copy of your diploma to your county Board of Education Superintendent.  Make sure that you send it certified mail, with return receipt requested.  Keep that receipt for your records. (Recommended method.)

  • You can submit the NOI on or before the day you intend to start homeschooling.

Step Three - Notify the School (completely optional) 

  • With so many grades having ChromeBooks, you can combine telling the school your child will no longer be attending the school when you turn the ChromeBook in to the office.  If your child does not have any school property, or need to pick up any personal items, you can skip this step.

  • You do not have to meet with any school official.  You do not have to sign any papers.  You do not have to provide any specifics as to how or where you will be homeschooling, or which curriculum(s) you will be using.

Step Four - Take a Deep Breath and Relax!!  You do not have to have any more contact with the public school system except to submit the yearly assessments at the ends of grades 3, 5, 8, and 11 (and you can do that by mail!).

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