Home Instruction

Beginning Home Instruction

STEP 1: Review the available options and determine which option describes your method of providing home instruction.

Description of Option


The parent designated to provide instruction holds a high school diploma or higher. A high school equivalency certificate is not acceptable.


The parent designated to provide instruction meets the qualifications for a teacher as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education.


The parent designated to provide instruction provides a program of study or curriculum which may be delivered through a correspondence course or distance learning program or any other manner. This option includes virtual classes.


The parent designated to provide instruction provides evidence that the parent is able to provide an adequate education for the child through a detailed letter to the Superintendent's designee.

STEP 2: Research, select and/or acquire your curriculum. BCPS does not provide curriculum materials.
STEP 3: If you selected option 3, enroll your child in the distance learning program, correspondence school, or virtual school/class. Request curriculum information and a letter confirming enrollment. If a letter is not issued, a paid invoice is also acceptable.

STEP 4: Complete your Notice of Intent (NOI) and return it with all of the supporting documents to Botetourt County Public Schools Home Instruction. The NOI can be returned via fax, mail, or returned in person to the Botetourt County Public Schools Central Office (143 Poor Farm Road Fincastle, VA  24090) 

Code of Virginia 

As referenced in §22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia, I have provided a description of the curriculum limited to a list of subjects to be studied during the coming school year, and evidence of having met one of the above criteria. This Notice is due by August 15 each year. If I begin home instruction after the school year has started, I will submit this Notice of Intent immediately and comply with other requirements within 30 days of the Notice to the school division. 

I understand that by August 1 following this school year, I must provide evidence of education achievement as required by §22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia, which defines the requirements for home instruction. I also understand that if the required evidence of progress is not provided, Virginia law provides for a one-year probationary period. The parent will be required to file a remediation plan and evidence of the ability to provide an adequate education for the child. 

Link to Virginia Department of Education information about Homeschooling for Families: https://www.doe.virginia.gov/parents-students/for-parents/home-instruction


The following tests are administered at both James River High School and Lord Botetourt High School according to the schedule below:

Preliminary SAT (PSAT)
Testing Date: October 11, 2023.
Fee: $20
Payment Deadline: September 8, 2023

All payments must be made to the school where the exam is administered.    

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Dates:
Please refer to the College Board website:



Students need to contact the School Counseling Department at their particular school of origin to register for their exam.  A deposit of $40 per exam should be paid by October 20, 2023. Final payment will be due by February 2, 2024.  All payments must be made to the school where the exam is administered.

Contact James River High School Counseling Department 473-8422 or Lord Botetourt High School Counseling Department 992-5182 if you have any questions.
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