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. A participating homeschooled student would need to have satisfactory academic progress for at least a year, be enrolled in at least one virtual course, be 18 or younger, and agree to guidelines set forth by the school district and athletic association. Homeschooled students would be limited to participation at their resident public school.  

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, or the commission’s rules, the commission shall consider eligible for participation in interscholastic athletic events and other extracurricular activities of secondary schools a student who is receiving home instruction pursuant to §18-8-1(c) of this code and who: 

(1) Has demonstrated satisfactory evidence of academic progress for one year in compliance with the provisions of that subsection: Provided, That the student’s average test results are within or above the fourth stanine in all subject areas; 

(2) Is enrolled in at least one virtual instructional course per semester, consistent with the applicable virtual instruction policy of the county board in which the home-schooled student lives and the State Board; 

(3) Has not reached the age of 19 by August 1 of the current school year; 

(4) Is an amateur who receives no compensation but participates solely for the educational, physical, mental and social benefits of the activity;   

(5) Agrees to comply with all disciplinary rules of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and the county board in which the home-schooled student lives; and 

(6) Agrees to obey all rules of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission governing awards, all-star games, parental consents, physical examinations, and vaccinations applicable to all high school athletes.” 

Things to keep in mind: 

Public school access includes participation in public school classes, sports, activities, etc. 

States use a unique vocabulary in this area: “extracurricular,” “cocurricular,” “curricular,” “interscholastic,” “program,” “activity,” etc. Care should be taken to distinguish one from another. When a state defines a word, it is important.

While athletic association rules are not “law,” public schools are generally constrained to operate within them, or their teams could be disqualified. We therefore refer to association rules of particular importance in a number of entries.

We strive toward keeping this information 100% up to date in this rapidly changing area of the law. However, this post should not be considered authoritative because of the possibility of unobserved changes in association rules, statutes, regulations, or case decisions, and because of lag time between changes and the publication of updates.