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Homeschooling in Florida

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get ready to homeschool in Florida by reading this article. Learn about state requirements and explore the educational resources available to you and your child.

Initial Homeschooling Requirements

You can begin homeschooling in the state of Florida without completing any special form of teacher education. You will need to write a notice of intent that includes the name of your child, his or her birthdate, your address, and your signature. This notice must be sent to the superintendent of your school district within 30 days of the time you begin homeschooling. Florida does not require you to resubmit this notice every year you intend to homeschool.

Instructional Requirements for Homeschooling

Homeschooling parents in Florida are not required to teach any particular curriculum, or to spend a set amount of time providing instruction. You can choose to teach your child completely on your own, partially enroll him or her in a school, use online education through the Florida Virtual School or take advantage of correspondence courses. You can also hire a tutor.

You can get help teaching your child with these online homeschool courses. Younger children can benefit from these math, science and language arts courses. All of these study guides are self-paced and designed to help students develop their knowledge. Your child will be able to work on short lessons, complete interactive quizzes and contact expert instructors if he or she needs extra help.

Keep in mind that homeschooled students are eligible for Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Program. There are special requirements for home-educated students that can be found through the Florida Department of Education's website (www.fldoe.org).

Assessment Requirements in Florida

You will need to keep track of your child's educational progress with a portfolio of his or her work. This portfolio should include a log of:

  • Educational activities
  • Worksheets
  • Writing examples
  • Creative items made by or taught to the student

The superintendent of your school district may request to see your portfolio throughout the school year. You must keep portfolios for at least 2 years.

Your child will also be evaluated every year in order to ensure he or she is making adequate educational progress. Florida offers 5 evaluation options, including:

  • Meeting with a Florida certified teacher who will review your portfolio and speak with your child
  • Completing a nationally used standardized test that is administered by a certified teacher
  • Taking an approved state assessment test, also given by a certified teacher
  • Speaking with a licensed psychologist
  • Using other forms of measurements decided on by the superintendent and yourself

You can help your children prepare for the standardized testing options with these Florida State Assessments Courses. With lesson quizzes and in-depth practice exams, these study guides can help students get comfortable before they take these exams.

Graduation Requirements

Homeschooled children will not receive a high school diploma in the state of Florida. However, your child can obtain a high school equivalency diploma by completing the GED. Registration for this exam can be completed through the GED Testing Service's website (www.ged.com). Completing this GED Study Guide is a great way for your child to prepare for each of the sections on this exam.

Once your child has completed his or her schooling, or if your school district changes, you will need to complete a letter of termination and send it to the superintendent of your school district.

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