Summary of Home Education Requirements
Section 1002.01, F.S., defines home education as the sequentially progressive instruction of a student directed by his or her parent or guardian in order to satisfy Florida's compulsory education requirements.
Florida Statute 1002.41 specifies the responsibilities of parents who establish a home education program.
- Send a written notice of intent to the school district superintendent. The notice must be filed within 30 days of beginning the home education program and must include the following information:
- Name of the home education student(s)
- Parent's signature
- Maintain a portfolio of educational records. Statute defines a portfolio as:
- A log of educational activities which is made contemporaneously with the instruction and which designates by title any reading materials used, and
- samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks or creative materials used or developed by the student.
- Make the portfolio available for inspection by the superintendent upon 15-day written notice (The statute does not require the superintendent to inspect all portfolios).
- Provide an annual educational evaluation of the student's educational progress to the superintendent. The evaluation must consist of one of the following:
- A Florida certified teacher chosen by the parent may evaluate the child's progress based on a review of the portfolio and discussion with the student.
- The student may take any nationally-normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher.
- The student may take a state student assessment test at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district.
- The student maybe evaluated by a psychologist holding a valid, active license pursuant to Section 490.003 (7) or (8), F.S.
- The student may be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent.
- Preserve each student's portfolio for two years.
- Submit a letter of termination to the school district superintendent upon completion of the home education program, enrollment in a public or private school or moving from the district.
The above requirements only apply if you are enrolled in a homeschool program through the county school board.
You also have the option to enroll your student in a private, umbrella school. At this point, though you are still homeschooling, your child is considered a private school student. Requirements vary from one umbrella school to the next. Some may only require attendance be turned in, while others require a list of the curriculum you'll be using and end-of-year grades. Below you will find a link to a list of umbrella schools available to you.
Your third option is to enroll in a virtual school such as Florida Virtual School. If you enroll full time, even though your child is at home, he/she is considered a public school student and must comply with public school requirements.
As a homeschooled student or a student enrolled under an umbrella school, you can still enroll part-time in classes at Florida Virtual School (FLVS).
View a chart summarizing all of the Florida home based learning options (scroll down a bit and click on the chart):
View a list of umbrella schools here:
View info about full time virtual school here:
View homeschooling FAQs here: