Home education

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Nick Cunha asked 10 years ago

I am wondering if home education (homeschooling) is legal in the BVI? I see that it is in USVI, however, the crime rate has us thinking it is not a good fit for raising our two young girls. Thanks for your help!

Stephen Leslie France replied 10 years ago


I will post this question to our Facebook community page to get some answers.


Stephen Leslie France replied 10 years ago

Here you go – which have covered this in our book! I should have known, but it’s been a while.

Home schooling is another option in the territory. Parents, however, are required to apply for this option with the Department of Education. Once the Department is satisfied that the child will be following a reputable programme for educational advancement, the child will be granted permission to continue. Online curriculums where parents simply pay for the materials and textbooks are mailed to the student and online or telephone support are available. Parents should be advised that these programmes, though flexible, require children to be disciplined and parents to oversee their child’s progress. Students are required to be independently tested regularly. Some programmes have testing facilities in nearby US Virgin Islands or testing can be arranged with the assistance the Education Department.

Anonymous replied 10 years ago

I know a family in Tortola that home schools their child.

Stephen Leslie France replied 10 years ago

Amanda Sonmor – “Don’t know about the “legality” but I know plenty of families living here do homeschool. I think the bigger question in the BVI, especially for temporary residents, is whether you’re following a curriculum that is going to be recognized by other institutions of learning — for example, if you want to send your kids to a high school or college, are they going to accept the homeschooling you have done?”