Catholic Homeschooling in West Virginia

How to Homeschool in West Virginia

In West Virginia, there are three legal option to homeschool:

1. Get local school board approval. This option has significant oversight, including location, instruction, and progress reporting. Your request could be denied.

2. Submit a notice of intent too the school board or superintendent. As long as the notification complies with the law, the child is excused from compulsory attendance. 

3. Homeschool in a learning pod. Notice of intent to join the learning pod is required. 

In West Virginia, there are stipulated teacher requirements and an assessment requirement. There are no immunization requirements. 

Lobbying & Advocacy Organizations

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
HSLDA is the nation’s largest homeschool advocacy organization. They protect the rights of homeschoolers in court, advocate for homeschool freedom in state legislatures, and work to advance homeschooling in the public arena. 

Christian Home Educators of West Virginia (CHEWV)
CHEWV assists families who wish to home educate their children in the state of West Virginia. They offer information and support and monitor and lobby the legislature for homeschool rights. 

West Virginia Home Educators Association (WVHEA)
WVHEA promotes home education in the state of West Virginia through support, information sharing, non-partisan research and analysis of issues affection home education, monitoring the government with respect to home education issues, and serving as a resource for persons desiring to home educate. 

Catholic Homeschool Support Groups

Holy Family Homeschoolers
Morgantown, WV, Southwest Pennsylvania
Holy Family Homeschoolers supports Catholic families as they homeschool their children. they offer meet ups, field trips, community service projects, and other activities. 

St. James Homeschoolers
Charles Town, WV
St. James Homeschoolers is a group of lay faithful established to promote homeschooling among Catholic families and to support those families who are engaged in providing their children’s primary education at home. Special events include the First Friday Mass at a local nursing home, participation in the St. James Monthly Children’s Mass, bi-weekly Faith & Fitness activities, field trips, community projects, pro-life activities, seasonal parties, social & family activities, and more. This ministry holds monthly meetings.

Catholic Homeschool Co-ops

Do you know of any Catholic homeschool co-ops near you? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Hybrid Programs & Homeschool Academies

Do you know of any Catholic hybrid homeschool programs or homeschool academies near you? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Catholic Homeschool Conferences

The 2024 Catholic Homeschool Conference
Virtual Conference
June 7-8, 2024

This virtual conference features topics covering homeschool guidance, marriage and family, and character and virtue development. Speakers include Bishop Joseph Strickland, Emily Brown, Bonnie Landry, and more. There will also be a homeschool graduate panel. The Catholic Homeschool Directory is a virtual exhibitors hall. You can browse through curriculum, programs, tools, and businesses who support your family’s homeschool journey.

Long Island Homeschool Conference
St. Roccos Pl, Glen Cove, NY
2024 Date TBD

This is the first annual Long Island Homeschool Conference for Catholic families. Listen to speakers, hear special panels, browse the vendors, and find new homeschool materials and curriculum at the book swap! Featured speakers include Alice Gunther, Annabelle Moseley, Jessica Schaefer, and Margaret Gallipeau.

Local Classes & Programs for Homeschoolers

Do you know of any great local classes or programs for Catholic homeschoolers? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Sports for Homeschoolers

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in West Virginia
Homeschooled students who meet the eligibility criteria listed in W. Va. Code § 18-2-25 can participate in interscholastic athletic events and other extracurricular activities at the public secondary school. There are eligibility requirements set forth by the school district and athletic association. Homeschooled students are limited to participation at their resident public school.  

Do you know of any great sports programs for Catholic homeschoolers? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Diocese & Parish Resources

Shrines & Pilgrimages in West Virginia

Do you know of any Catholic pilgrimage sites or shrines that would be perfect for a homeschool field trip? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

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