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Legally Homeschooling in Florida

Student Enrollment in Home Education ProgramsA home education program (homeschooling) is the sequentially progressive instruction of a student by his or her parent that satisfies the attendance requirements defined in the Florida Statutes. Current law does not prescribe a curriculum or course of study for home education programs. The law creating Florida's home education program came into effect on June 17, 1985.  According to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), for the 2011-2012 school year, the total number of families enrolled in home education programs was 48,803, with a total of 72,408 students.  As you can see by the chart above,  the number of homeschooled students is growing every year.1  Keep in mind, these numbers do not include families with children registered in umbrella schools, since these students are not considered home educated by the FDOE.

To legally homeschool in Florida, parents must notify their district school of their intent establish and maintain a home education program. There are other ways parents can comply with Florida's compulsory attendance laws, such as enrolling their children in private/umbrella schools or correspondence schools or hiring private tutors, but these students are not considered home educated (even though they may be educated at home).  See Florida Home Education Options for more information.

Parents choosing to establish a home education program with their district school are responsible for deciding on their children's curriculum, keeping portfolios, and having their children evaluated annually by a certified teacher.  Evaluation results are sent to the district school and kept on file.  You can read the laws governing homeschooling in the Florida Statutes and at the Florida Department of Education.

1Florida. Florida Department of Education. Office of Independent Education &
Parental Choice. Home Education in Florida, Annual Report 2011-2012. June 2012. Web.

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