Children must attend school or comply with the homeschool laws beginning in the first school year a child turns 6 before July 1, or upon enrolling in a publicly supported kindergarten program. The child remains subject to compulsory school attendances until the child turns 17. Because of specific legislative authorization, children in Cabell, Marshall, Monroe, and Wyoming Counties are subject to compulsory attendance until the child turns 18.

HSLDA believes that a parent-issued diploma and transcript should be sufficient to demonstrate that a child has completed a secondary education. However, even if your child is beyond compulsory school attendance age, there may be situations where you would want to continue to follow the requirements of a home education option recognized under West Virginia law until your child graduates from high school (filing a home education notice, keeping attendance and other records, etc.). These records may be requested in some situations, such as obtaining a driver's license if your child is a minor, enlisting in the military, applying to colleges, or demonstrating eligibility for Social Security benefits. If you are a member of HSLDA and would like additional details, please contact us.