Are you thinking about starting to homeschool? Do you live in the state of Florida? Then you’ve landed at the right place to get a full overview of how to homeschool in Florida. Time4Learning understands that you have a lot of questions when you first begin the process of teaching your own child(ren). You’ll want to know things like “How does homeschooling work in Florida?” and “Can I start homeschooling in the middle of the school year?” You may wonder what curriculum to use or whether your homeschooled child still has to take standardized tests. You’ll likely be curious about what support you’ll have access to once you get started. We want you to feel confident in your choice to start homeschooling in Florida. Below, you will find information that will guide you in the areas you are likely most eager to know about, including:
- How to Start Homeschooling In Florida
- Florida Homeschool Laws
- Florida Umbrella Schools
- Florida Homeschool Associations
- Florida Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Florida Homeschool Field Trips
- Florida Homeschooling by City
- Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Test Prep
- Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Florida
- How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12
Legal disclaimer: This page provides suggestions and information on how to meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Florida. It is not intended and should not be used as definitive legal advice. In most states, parents find a variety of legal methods to pursue the educational approach that they prefer for their child.
How to Start Homeschooling in Florida
The guidelines for setting up homeschool programs in Florida aren’t terribly complex, but you’ll need to make an important decision — right off the bat. You’ll need to decide if you are going to register your child with your county as a homeschooler or if you prefer to enroll in an umbrella school, essentially making your child a private school student who can learn at home. To find out more about that option, visit our Florida Umbrella Schools page. For those families choosing the first option, there are three main steps for how to enroll in homeschool in Florida.
- File a notice of intent with your county superintendent’s office.
- Choose your curriculum. (In Florida, homeschool curriculum choice is up to the parent.)
- Keep accurate records, such as a homeschool portfolio and the results of your annual educational evaluation.
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Florida Homeschooling Laws
The most important thing to consider when first beginning a homeschool journey are the laws relating to home education in your state. You’ll feel much more confident in your decision to homeschool when you know exactly what guidelines your state has set forth and how to follow them. Even before you’ve made your final decision, start researching Florida homeschooling laws to familiarize yourself with the different options you have about teaching your child(ren) at home. Find out more: Florida Homeschooling Laws
Florida Umbrella Schools
Although it technically is not considered homeschooling, there is another way to teach your child from home in Florida. That is to enroll your child in an umbrella, or cover school. By law, Florida allows parents to register their children as private school students with approved umbrella schools, while still educating them at home. Avoiding county oversight, reducing recordkeeping paperwork, and a private school diploma are a few of the reasons some families choose umbrella schools in Florida.Find out more: Florida Umbrella Schools
Florida Homeschool Associations
Almost every state has at least one statewide organization designed to support home educators, and Florida has a vibrant one. The goal of these organizations, usually run by local homeschool volunteers, is to support homeschoolers from the point that they choose to homeschool to the time when their child graduates or returns to the school system to complete their education. Visit our Florida Homeschool Associations page for more information on the state association and benefits of joining it.Learn more: Florida Homeschooling Associations
Florida Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
You won’t be far into your homeschool research before you realize that you’re going to need some support to take on the challenge of teaching your child at home. Fortunately, Florida is a state with a large population of homeschool families, with plenty of support to go around! Even before you locate a local support group, you can chat with other Floridian homeschooling families on the Time4Learning forum. Then, you’ll want to discover what opportunities for networking are available in your area. You can start by browsing our Florida Homeschool Groups and Co-ops page. Read more here: Florida Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
Florida Homeschool Field Trips
If you live in the Sunshine State, then you already know how many wonderful opportunities for family activities are at your doorstep. However, you may not have realized how many more chances you’ll have to take advantage of them as homeschoolers! One of the biggest perks of home education is the ability to turn almost any outing into a learning adventure. Our Homeschool Field Trips in Florida list will break down some of the top educational destinations in each region of the state. Learn more: Homeschool Field Trips in Florida
Florida Homeschooling by City
Florida’s urban areas are especially exciting for homeschoolers because there are so many options for field trips, hands-on activities, and cross-curricular outings throughout the city. Are you lucky enough to live near one of these metropolitan locations? Then click the links below to discover the specific opportunities you have in these Florida cities.
- Homeschooling in Fort Lauderdale
- Homeschooling in Jacksonville
- Homeschooling in Miami
- Homeschooling in Orlando
- Homeschooling in Tampa
- Homeschooling in West Palm Beach
Florida Standards Assessment Test Prep
If you have a child in elementary, middle, or high school in Florida, then you need to know about the standardized tests your child will be taking. Whether you are homeschooling individually or under an umbrella school, it is likely that your child will be doing some kind of annual evaluation. For many students, this will include a standardized test. Although never a favorite activity for students, most educational experts agree that testing is a measure of how well students comprehend and apply knowledge. They also agree that high standards are a worthy goal. If you’d like to find out more about the Florida Standards Assessment, visit Time4Learning’s Florida test prep page.
Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Florida
After filing the notice of intent to homeschool, Floridian families usually turn their attention to the curriculum they want to use. When setting up a Florida home education program, you have complete control over the curriculum you use. However, since FL law requires families to not only keep a log of educational activities but to undergo an annual evaluation, you’ll want to make sure that your curriculum choices will adequately prepare you for these requirements. This is why Time4Learning is the leading online curriculum for homeschoolers in Florida:
- Time4Learning records all of your child’s online activities for you. All you need to do is print what they’ve done on a regular basis, every week or so, and store it in a folder or binder.
- Time4Learning’s parent tools make it easy to print out a student’s worksheets, compositions, and assessments as examples of progress made.
- Time4Learning’s self-paced, modularized lesson plans allow you to move forward and back through the materials whenever you want. You can skip lessons that teach concepts your child has already mastered and repeat those he or she has not. The choice is yours. With Time4Learning, you are always in control.
How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12
Homeschool curriculum choices have expanded over the last decade. Parents have much more to choose from than typical textbooks, workbooks, and other traditional schooling methods. Online courses, interactive videos, personal computers, laptops, and tablet devices provide exciting and engaging materials for children to experience. But all of these new methods often confuse parents, especially those who are new homeschoolers. Eventually, parents come to realize that mixing different tools and activities usually keeps their children stimulated and eager to learn. For more information review How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12.
Florida Unit Study
Florida homeschoolers, did you know Time4Learning has a dedicated state unit study that will complement your social studies curriculum?
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use
In addition to being an award-winning choice for homeschool families, Time4Learning also offers an online after school program to help build your child’s skills. View our lesson demos and discover why thousands of Floridian families are already using it! Give your student the chance to get back on track or explore exciting electives and get ahead for the next school year with Time4Learning’s online summer school. Our educational materials will engage and challenge your child to succeed.