For Students & Parents
Who to contactIn Virginia, local school boards are responsible for the day-to-day governance of schools in each division. This includes decisions about personnel, student discipline, attendance boundaries, local textbook selection, dress codes and grading scales. Questions about these and other local matters should be directed to the appropriate school division contact. VDOE’s Education Directories include contacts for all Virginia school divisions and public schools.
- Tips & Hints on Using this website
- Virginia Department of Education and Education Directories – Contact information for VDOE, Virginia Public School Divisions and Public Schools
- Search this site by using the "Search VDOE" feature located at the top right of each page
- Enrollment in Virginia Public Schools
- Virginia School Entrance Laws
- School Entrance Physical Exam Form (PDF) and Instructions (PDF)
- School readiness describes the capabilities of children, families, schools and communities that promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component plays an essential role in the development of school readiness.
The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools describe student learning and achievement expectations in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education. These standards represent a broad consensus of what parents, classroom teachers, school administrators, academics, and business and community leaders believe schools should teach and students should learn.
Annual assessments – including SOL tests, the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program (VAAP), Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) and Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP) – provide information on individual student achievement including those with special needs.
- Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing
- Participation and Inclusion – includes guidance regarding the assessment of students with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency
Test results also provide critical data for schools, school divisions and the Virginia Department of Education to develop and implement effective instructional strategies, and information to determine school accreditation and federal accountability.
- Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessment Results
- Report Cards for Schools, School Divisions and the State
- Accreditation & Federal Reports
Students with disabilities are guaranteed a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment through the federal Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA). IDEA requires parents and school personnel to work together to provide appropriate educational services outlined in an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
- Special Education
- Special Education for Parents
- Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia (PDF)
Students have many options for earning a high school diploma and opportunities ways to maximize course selections.
- Graduation Requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions about Earning a Virginia High School Diploma
- Academic and Career Plan – Students in middle and high school must now have a personal Academic and Career Plan that aligns academic and career goals with the student’s course of study.
- Health and Medical Support
- School Nutrition Programs – including National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack Program, USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and Summer Food Service Programs
- Driver Education's 45 Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide (PDF)
- Parent’s Guide to Additional Services
- A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Student Discipline Policies and Practices (PDF)
- Private Schools & Home Schooling
- Students & Parents: Preparing for College
- Virginia 529 College Savings Plan
- The Senate and House of Delegates programs
- Summer Learning
Teacher Direct provides a direct line of communication with classroom teachers and educators. Teacher Direct includes information about new instructional resources created by VDOE staff as well professional development and grant opportunities, and other information of special interest to teachers and their students.