The Virginia Department of Education reports that the state’s on-time graduation rate is 93%. There were 1,251,970 students enrolled in the public school system for the 2021-2022 school year. However, the number of students enrolled has decreased exponentially over the past few years as many families are opting to homeschool instead. For instance, from 2019-2020 to 2020-2021, the number of public school to homeschool transfers increased by 90%.
As for school choice, Virginia school districts can set their own open enrollment policies, which allow families to attend schools outside of their assigned district. There are a few charter and magnet schools for Virginia families to choose from as well. Virginia also offers private schools, and even provides a few state-run scholarships to assist with tuition. Additionally, Virginia families may decide to homeschool their children, where it is required to notify the state.