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Legal Status Of 

Homeschooling 

In Florida

Legal Status of Homeschooling in Florida

 

There are basically two methods that home schooling families in Florida use to legally teach their children at home.

 

1.    617/623 Nonpublic, home based school: "617/623" refer to the statute numbers which define this option. Both of these statutes allow for a private school to be started as a non-profit corporation. There are guidelines that must be followed such as number of teaching days, hours taught, administrative meetings to be held, etc.

 

2.    Regular Attendance Law, F.S. 232.02: This option is a state statute written expressly for home-educating families and is the one most used in Alachua County. Because of its popularity an explanation follows.

 

Legal Compliance

Steps To Comply With Home Education Enactment Statute

 

I.    If you, as a parent, hold a valid, regular FL certificate to teach the subjects or grades in which instruction is given & complies with any other requirements prescribed by law or rules of the state board, you need only to stay current with your certification.


II.    As a parent without a valid regular Florida certificate to teach must comply with the following requirements:


A. Send a letter of intent to the Superintendent of Schools (see sample letter of intent).

The notice shall be in writing, signed by the parent, and shall include the names, addresses and birth dates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in the home education program. Do not assign a grade level. Include only children who are at least 6 years old by Feb. 1 and less than l8. This letter must be filed within 30 days of establishing the home-education program. Please terminate your program by letter if you should move out or place a child in formal school.

B.    Maintains a portfolio of records and materials.

The portfolio shall consist of a log, made contemporaneously with the instruction, which designates by title the reading materials used and samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, and 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 superintendent (or agent) upon 15 days' written notice.

C.    Provides for an annual educational evaluation in which is documented the pupil's demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with her/his ability. A copy of the evaluation shall be filed annually with the district school board office. The annual educational evaluation shall consist of one of the following:

 

1.    A teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the pupil's educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the pupil. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level.


2.    The pupil shall take any nationally normal student achievement test used by the district and administered by a
certified teacher.


3.    The pupil shall take a state student assessment test.


4.    The pupil shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license (psychologist's evaluation).


5.    The pupil shall be evaluated with any other valid measurement toll as mutually agreed upon by the school
superintendent of the district and the pupil's parent or guardian.

Sample Letter of Intent

Mrs. Terri Bain, Supervisor
Home Education Program
School Board of Alachua County
620 E. University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

 

Dear Mrs. Bain:

This letter is to inform you of our intent to as parents to establish and maintain a home education program for our child.
Your Name

 

NOTE: This letter is not sent every year, just when you begin your homeschool program and add more children.

 

School Board of Alachua County:baintm@gm.sbac.edu, (352) 955-7620