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Home School vs. Private (Umbrella) School

Are you wondering what the differences are between establishing a home education program with your district school and enrolling your child in an umbrella school?  There are a few things to consider, as each option has its own pros and cons (depending on how you look at it), so here is a brief comparison. Just a note, in Florida, home educated students enrolled in umbrella schools are considered private schooled students, not home schooled students. For more information about Florida private schools, visit the Florida Department of Education's Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice website. This does not mean you are not homeschooling your children, but it does change the way homeschool laws apply to you.  How you choose to comply with Florida's compulsory school attendance will determine your record keeping requirements and options as a home educator. 

Requirement or Option
Enrolled in a Florida Umbrella School
Registered with District School as a Homeschooler
Notify the district school superintendent
Be bound by specific attendance requirements
 Maintain a portfolio of records and materials
Most don't require; we recommend
 Provide for an annual educational evaluation
Some require
Take courses through Florida Virtual School
If the school has an articulation agreement with FLVS
Receive instructional materials
Some provide for an additional fee
Participate in local district courses
Some districts will allow
Participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities  
Participate in dual enrollment
(Varies by college)
Qualify for Bright Futures Scholarships
If the school issues diplomas or the student obtains a GED.
Attend summer school
Many offer middle/high school
summer courses through FLVS.
Some districts will allow
Earn a Diploma
Some award diplomas
Provide Transcripts
Some provide transcripts
Submit a letter of termination upon completion

This is just a general check list and by no means exhaustive. Different umbrella schools have different requirements and offer varying services.  Before deciding on how you will comply with Florida's compulsory school attendance, determine which options you need to meet your child's educational goals. If you would like to learn about our school and what we have to offer, click here!

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