The Ins and Outs of Homeschooling in Florida
While homeschooling might be the best option for your child and family, you need to investigate the process thoroughly to know what lies ahead. Get familiar with state laws and available curricula, and make sure to check the cost fits your budget.
Where to start with homeschooling in Florida? This article provides information on all the requirements you need to meet.
If you’re wondering how to get started with homeschooling in Florida, you should check out the requirements presented in the following table:
|Florida Homeschool Requirements||Details|
|Required age||In Florida, school is required for children between the age of six and 16|
|Homeschool options in Florida||You can choose to homeschool your child:
|Letter of intent||To teach under the homeschool statute, you need to file a letter of intent to homeschool. If you need help with this step, sign up for DoNotPay to create the document hassle-free|
|Teacher qualifications||While you could check out who else can homeschool your child besides you, keep in mind that parents don’t need to have any special qualifications to homeschool their children in Florida|
|Subjects||You’ve got the freedom to pick a curriculum and subjects you’d like to cover with your student at home|
|Evaluation||If you’re the one homeschooling your kid, you must evaluate them every year|
Once you’ve decided to homeschool your child, you need to take the following steps to meet Florida homeschool statute legal requirements:
- File a Florida letter of intent to homeschool—You must:
- Keep a portfolio—You need to maintain a portfolio for two years after the homeschool program has ended. The portfolio needs to include the records of the following:
- Educational activities log with the instruction and titles of all materials you’ve used
- Samples of writings, workbooks, worksheets, and any other materials your child has used or created
- Evaluate your student—You must evaluate your child every year. The following options are at your disposal:
- Have a certified teacher review the portfolio and evaluate the progress of your child
- Allow a certified teacher to administer a student achievement test
- Get a licensed (school) psychologist to evaluate your child
Keep in mind that while you don’t have to keep records of homeschool hours or days, you need to file a notice of termination to the superintendent of your school district:
- When your child completes the homeschool program
- If your family moves to another Florida county or U.S. state (before moving, you might want to check out the list of the easiest states for homeschooling)
While the average cost of homeschooling in Florida goes from $700 to $1,800 per child per year, the total price depends on different criteria, including:
- The curriculum you choose
- School supplies
- Extracurricular activities (e.g., sports)
- Field trips
If you’d like to get information on field trips, activities, available resources, and events, you should consider going to the Florida Homeschool Convention and joining a homeschool association or co-op.
You and your child can take free virtual courses some schools provide to students in Florida and across the States. Here are some institutions you should consider:
While the last two institutions offer less formal online programs, FLVS classes and materials for grades 6–12 fully comply with Florida standards.
You cannot register your kid for virtual courses at FLVS or your district’s virtual school until you’ve filed your letter of intent.
You don’t have to rack your brain going through different statutes to prepare the letter of intent according to state laws. Our AI-powered app knows the requirements and can easily generate the document in no time.
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- Access our Notice of Intent to Homeschool product
- Provide information on your school district, your child, and yourself
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- Have your letter notarized
- Send the notice of intent to your school district’s superintendent in your stead
- Deliver the letter in PDF format so that you can file it yourself
DoNotPay keeps you updated on different aspects of homeschooling. Our articles deal with hot topics, such as:
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- How many homeschooled students get into college?
- Should you get an accredited homeschool curriculum?
- What’s the difference between homeschool and online school?
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- Where can you get reliable information about homeschooling?
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