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Home education is defined as "sequentially progressive instruction of a student directed by his or her parent in order to satisfy the attendance requirements.” (F.S. 1002.01)
A home education program is not a public school program but is registered with the school district superintendent for compliance with the state’s attendance requirements. (F.S. 1003.21(1))
Home Education Enrollment
The parent must submit a letter of intent to home educate. The district will provide the parent with a letter of notification, documenting that the Home Education Program is registered with the state.
To meet attendance requirement, a student enrolled in a public school must continue attendance until the letter of notification is received from the district’s Home Education Office.
The parent is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of records and materials, providing an annual educational evaluation and complying with all home education requirements per Florida Statute.
Home Education instructional options may include:
- Hillsborough Virtual School (HVS) or Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and/or
- part-time enrollment at the attendance area school or approved choice school, pending course availability.
When a home education student co-enrolls part time, the parent or guardian determines the grade level placement. However, home education co-enrolled students may not be considered seniors and are ineligible for senior privileges.
Students must meet enrollment and graduation requirements to be eligible for a district high school diploma.
- Students with an official transcript from an accredited program must be enrolled full time within the first 15 days of the last semester.
- Students who do not have an official transcript from an accredited program must be enrolled full time by the start of their senior year to validate credits.
Home School Termination and Grade-level Placement
When a student ends a home education program, the parent is responsible for:
- submitting a letter of termination to the Home Education Office; and
- providing a portfolio of the student's work for each subject, the most recent home education annual evaluation, and official transcripts to the school of enrollment.
Students must meet the age requirements for initial placement in kindergarten or grade 1. Elementary placement is determined based on the student’s age and maturity, standardized achievement test results, state assessments, academic records, and evidence from the student’s home education portfolio. Refer to the Elementary Student Progression, Initial Placement section for additional information.
Upon review of the student’s home education and prior school records, the principal determines the student’s grade-level placement and validates grades and credits, if applicable. Refer to the High School, Validation of Credit section for additional information.
The student’s initial grade level, course placement, and course credit are subject to review based on the student’s actual performance during the first six weeks of enrollment for kindergarten through grade 5 or the first grading period of enrollment for grades 6-12.