For Parents

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Under Virginia law, parents have a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of their children. When schools partner with parents, and actively seek their involvement, students are more likely to experience improved outcomes.

VDOE provides the information on this page to help parents be more effective partners by staying informed of enrollment requirements, school performance, educational options, and many other important topics.

Education Options for Virginia Students

 Updates from the Office of Parental Engagement

VDOE's Office of Parental Engagement encourages and supports parent engagement at all levels of public education in Virginia. By subscribing to the Parent Partner, parents learn about new resources to support student success and opportunities to help shape education policy in the Commonwealth.

Parent Ombudsman for Special Education

VDOE has a Parent Ombudsman for Special Education who acts as a source of information and referral, aids in answering individuals' questions, and assists in the resolution of concerns and issues. School divisions, parents, and children benefit and build relationships when school divisions and parents work together to resolve problems. The Parent Ombudsman for Special Education serves to facilitate that process.

Fast Finder for Parents

The following Virginia Department of Education resources include information to support  parents with staying engaged with their student's progress in school. 

Resources to Help Your Child Succeed in School