Homeschooling In Florida

Homeschooling in Florida is a very balanced choice of education. We have some accountability. We are required to have a “professional educator,” a Florida certified “teacher,” evaluate our homeschool student’s progress once every 12 months. Essentially, the annual evaluation is the most involved requirement we have, and even the annual educational evaluation is incredibly simple, contrary to some popular opinions. Even many of the county school district homeschool personnel and school administrators will tell you what is “required” for homeschooling, and what they tell you is not true at all. I am guessing it is just their opinion of what they think should be required. My opinion is that the county school district personnel and school administrators, should know the requirements for homeschooling.

We have a lot of freedom with homeschooling in Florida. We are able to use whatever methods and whatever curriculum we like. We can make up our own curriculum. Many of us use a combination of on-line resources and programs, books and hard copy resources, as well as projects, field trips, and internships. It is so much better than the “in the box, cookie cutter” schools.

The following are the requirements in Florida according to the state law. Keep in mind if it is not included and described in the following requirement portion of the FL Home Education statute, it is NOT required. Again, if it is NOT included in the requirements, it is NOT required.

1002.41 Home education programs.—

(1) A “home education program” is defined in s. 1002.01. The parent is not required to hold a valid regular Florida teaching certificate.

(a) The parent shall notify the district school superintendent of the county in which the parent resides of her or his intent to establish and maintain a home education program. The notice shall be in writing, signed by the parent, and shall include the names, addresses, and birthdates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in the home education program. The notice shall be filed in the district school superintendent’s office within 30 days of the establishment of the home education program. A written notice of termination of the home education program shall be filed in the district school superintendent’s office within 30 days after said termination.

(b) The parent shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio shall consist of the following:

1. A log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by title any reading materials used.
2. Samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student.

The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent for 2 years and shall be made available for inspection by the district school superintendent, or the district school superintendent’s agent, upon 15 days’ written notice. Nothing in this section shall require the district school superintendent to inspect the portfolio.

(c) The parent shall provide for an annual educational evaluation in which is documented the student’s demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability. The parent shall select the method of evaluation and shall file a copy of the evaluation annually with the district school superintendent’s office in the county in which the student resides.
The following is a short overview of the requirements for homeschooling in Florida:
The following link goes directly to the Florida senate government web site’s page for home education statutes where you can find all the educational laws for Florida.

Florida home education statute

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I am a home schooling parent since 1999 and a U.S. certified teacher since 1993. I am also an approved standardized test administrator. I spent 12 years full time teaching in the classrooms of public and private schools in Europe, the U.S.A. and South America, and I have been homeschooling our children with my very Wonderful, Beautiful and intelligent wife for the past 13 years, I am extremely inspired everyday to promote homeschooling and excellent home education in every way possible.

El Capitan

I am a home schooling parent since 1999 and a U.S. certified teacher since 1993. I am also an approved standardized test administrator. I spent 12 years full time teaching in the classrooms of public and private schools in Europe, the U.S.A. and South America, and I have been homeschooling our children with my very Wonderful, Beautiful and intelligent wife for the past 13 years, I am extremely inspired everyday to promote homeschooling and excellent home education in every way possible.

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