The PWCS Home Instruction online notification process for the 2020-21 school year will be available on Monday, August 3, 2020.   This online notification system will allow us to serve you efficiently as many of our employees work remotely during the pandemic. We hope that you will utilize this system to notify us of your intent to home instruct your children, discontinue home instruction, and/or seek partial enrollment in your child’s zoned school.

  • While this system is available, we will continue to accept documents via email: PWCSHomeInstruction@pwcs.edu or mail: PWCS Office of Student Services, Home Instruction,  14715 Bristow Rd, Manassas, Virginia 20112.  Please note that sending documents in this manner may require additional time for us to process and to provide you with a notice of compliance. 

  • You do not need to use the online notification system If you have already mailed, emailed, or faxed your 2020-21 home instruction documents. We will gladly honor those document submissions and work diligently to process them and provide you with notice of compliance as quickly as possible.

  • For further questions about Home Instruction or ParentVUE, please contact the Home Instruction office at the following email: PWCSHomeInstruction@pwcs.edu. Thank you for your continued patience.

2020-21 Home Instruction Requirements

In accordance with Section 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia,  any parent of a child who will have reached the fifth birthday on or before September 30 of any school year and who has not passed the eighteenth birthday may elect to provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance.  A parent or guardian is qualified to provide home instruction if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The parent or guardian holds a high school diploma;
  • The parent or guardian is a teacher of qualifications prescribed by the Board of Education;
  • The parent or guardian provides the child with a program of study or curriculum which may be delivered through a correspondence course or distance learning program or in any other manner; or
  • The parent or guardian can provide evidence that an adequate education is provided for the child. 

Parents or guardians electing to provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance shall annually notify the school division superintendent no later than August 15 of intention to instruct the child and provide a description of the curriculum. 


Home Instruction Partial Enrollment

The Prince William County School Board allows partial enrollment of home instruction/private school students for up to two credit-bearing high school courses per semester.  For more information, please contact your zoned high school to schedule a registration appointment. 


Testing Opportunities

High school-aged home instruction students may participate in Advanced Placement (AP) and Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) examinations and are eligible to receive free AP and PSAT testing opportunities to the same extent as students enrolled in Prince William County Public Schools. If a student wishes to participate in PSAT or AP Testing for the 2020-21 school year, the parents must notify the school no later than:

  • September 15 — PSAT
  • October 15 — AP Tests
  • A $40 fee will be incurred for any AP test order submitted after October 30, 2020.

"Parents electing to provide home instruction during the 2019-2020 school year shall be relieved of the requirement to provide evidence of student progress to the local school division superintendent (§ 22.1-254.1)"