In the State of Florida, all children between the ages of six and sixteen are required to be enrolled in school and attend classes. Based on Florida statutes, any child in this age range must attend one of the following:
- Public school,
- Parochial school,
- Private school,
- A home education program, or
- A private tutor program.
The three options allowed by the State of Florida for homeschooling include:
- Attend a non-campus-based private school – a homeschool parent can enroll their child in a private school IF it is registered with the Florida Department of Education. The registered private school will oversee the entire homeschool program. Homeschool parents are required to make sure the school meets all Florida private school requirements.
- Start a homeschool program – parents must file a one-time Notice of Intent with the local school superintendent and maintain a portfolio of activities and work logs. Using one of three options, parents must file an annual evaluation report with the State for each student in the program: (1) select a Florida-licensed/certified teacher to evaluate your child’s education progress; (2) select a Florida-licensed/certified teacher to administer any nationally-normed student assessment test; (3) have your student take the same assessment test used by your local school district and administered by a Florida-certified teacher at a place designated by the local school district; (4) cooperate with a Florida-licensed psychologist or school psychologist to evaluate your student; (5) conduct an evaluation with a measurement tool mutually agreed on between the parent and the school district; or
- Establish a private tutoring program – the selected tutor must hold a Florida license/certification to instruct in the subjects they are hired to teach. The tutor must keep and maintain officials records of the instruction as well as make reports as required by the State of Florida and the local school board also must keep records and make reports as required by the state and district school boards in accordance with Florida private school requirements and must conduct instruction for an equivalent of 180 school days.
In Florida, all home education students are subject to oversight by school district employees. Parents are required to file an annual evaluation for each student in the homeschool and must be ready to provide all records and samples of student’s work whenever requested by the Superintendent of Schools.
Florida Homeschooling Requirements and Regulations
- The parent, if also the teacher, is not required to hold a valid Florida teaching certificate;
- Homeschools are not required to meet the usual requirements of a scheduled “school day;”
- Homeschool students are allowed to participate in interscholastic extracurricular student activities;
- Homeschool students are eligible to participate in Florida’s “Bright Futures Scholarship Program;
- Homeschool students can participate in dual enrollment programs; and
- Homeschool students are eligible for admission to community colleges and state universities.
Updated March 2018
Florida Homeschool State Laws Links:
- Florida Accredited Homeschool Curriculum
- Online Private School Accredited in Florida
- The Florida Senate/Educational Choices
- Florida Home Education Foundation
- Florida Parent-Educators Association
- Official Site of the Florida Legislature/”Online Sunshine”/Title XLVII K-20 Ed. Code
- Homeschool Support Groups in Florida
NOTE: HomeschoolFacts does not endorse any of the links or organizations listed above. All of the information provided is intended for research purposes only and is not given as legal advice. REMEMBER: The most important thing you can do to prepare for homeschooling your child is to become familiar with your state’s laws about homeschooling.