Home Education is a parent-driven educational option. By opening a Home Education Program, the parent agrees to become responsible for the student’s education.
Florida Laws protecting home education became effective in 1985. Parents have the freedom to determine their child’s educational path and the plan for reaching their goals. Students have the opportunity to explore and learn at their own pace, in any location or at any time. Home education students are able to enter institutions of higher learning and are eligible to participate in the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. More than 84,000 students in approximately 58,000 families are in Home Education Programs throughout Florida.
There is no diploma issued by the public school system in Florida for the completion of a home education program. A signed affidavit of completion (notarized letter) submitted by the student’s parent attesting that the student has completed a home education program, pursuant to the requirements of s.1002.41, F.S. is the legal document of completion. As stated in s.1007 263(2)(a), F.S. it is equivalent to a high school diploma and is regularly accepted by state colleges and universities as proof of high school completion. This statement can be included on a student’s academic transcript or parent-issued diploma. While not required, some students elect to culminate their home education program by taking the General Educational Development (GED) test. A student is issued a diploma from the Department of Education upon passage of the GED. The toll free number for information pertaining to the GED is 1-800-237-5113.
As required by s. 1002.41, F.S., to establish a home education program and maintain compliance with the statute, a parent must:
a. Send a written Letter of Intent to the school district superintendent. Districts should verify that the Letter of Intent was received. Parents should also retain a copy of the Letter of Intent and documentation that the Letter of Intent was received by the district. Parents may not register their students for virtual courses until the Letter of Intent has been submitted and acknowledged by the school district.
b. Maintain a portfolio of records and materials consisting of a log of educational activities made contemporaneously with the instruction, and that designates by title any reading materials used, samples of any writings, worksheets, and creative materials used or developed by the student.
c. Make the portfolio available for inspection by the superintendent upon a 15-day notice. (The law does not require the superintendent to inspect portfolios.)
d. Provide a copy of the annual evaluation of the student’s educational progress to the school district superintendent. Parents should retain a copy of the evaluation and documentation that the evaluation was received by the district.
e. Preserve each student’s portfolio for two years.
f. Submit a Letter of Termination and annual evaluation upon completion of the home education program to the district.
g. Should there be a change of residence, but do not wish to terminate the home education program in Florida, the parent should notify the new district to which the child is moving to that they are transferring their home education program to the new district and provide the previous district with information on the change in district. The previous district shall simply close out the student’s files. A home education transfer between districts does not require the parent to terminate the home education program (as they are not terminating; simply moving) and the parent does not need to provide an annual evaluation to the previous district.
*Note: There is no guarantee that your child will receive credit for the home education program if he or she is re-enrolled in a public school. Standards are extremely difficult to meet for grades 9-12.
Florida Statutes require that you notify the school district in writing if you move to a new location in Pasco County or if you close your home education program.
Home Education evaluations are due on the anniversary of the date your program was established. Please submit those evaluations in a timely manner to ensure your program remains in compliance. At this time, our email is the most effective and efficient means of communication. If you have questions or concerns, please email our office staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your email as quickly as possible.
If you are submitting a NOTICE of INTENT to Register for Home Education, please complete the intent form located at:
Be sure to provide an email address on the form. Utilizing the option of US Postal Service may result in a delay in processing a request or evaluation. If an email is provided, we will email the letter of acceptance once the Notice of Intent, transfer, or Closure request is processed.
EL7 (Form used to play sports at public or private schools.)
Standardized Testing Schedule. Please make arrangements with your zoned school for all testing.
Industry Certification Information: (813) 794-2204
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The District School Board of Pasco County
7227 Land O Lakes Blvd.
Land O Lakes, FL 34638
Attn: Home Education
Home Education Office email: email@example.com
(813) 794-2782 (phone)
(813) 794-2915 (fax)