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Compulsory Attendance Laws
A good place to start is with the law. Review the Florida Constitution and the Statutes relating to compulsory attendance and non-public school options. In fact, Title XLVIII of the Statutes is a good one to bookmark, as all education related items can be found here. The Florida Online Sunshine site allows you access to all of the above and provides a way to search for new bills and obtain other information. There are even Kids Pages, which is a great way to involve your child.
According to the Florida statutes, compulsory attendance laws apply to all children between the ages of 6 and 16. What this means is that your child must be enrolled in one of the following:
- Public school
- Parochial school
- Private school
- A home education program
- A private tutor program
Your Choices Under Florida Law
Florida statutes provide three options for families who wish to educate their children at home. Each will meet the state’s compulsory attendance laws. Families may:
1. Enroll in a non campus-based private school, that is, a private school that facilitates home education, and follow the procedures set by the school.
2. Establish a home education program as defined in the statutes by sending a Notice of Intent to the local school superintendent, maintaining a log of activities and portfolio of work, and filing an annual evaluation using one of five evaluation choices.
3. Establish a Private Tutoring Program.
While any of the above choices will provide compliance with Florida’s compulsory attendance laws, each has different implications for you.. While some of these differences go to issues of recordkeeping and methods, the heart of the distinction is whether you want to be accountable to the state or to a private entity.
Private Versus Public Homeschooling
Most families choose either private or public home education. Private tutoring programs are extremely expensive and infrequently used. Regardless which method you choose, you can educate your children at home, using the materials and methods you select. The key difference between enrolling in a private school and registering as a home educator is this:
- Private school students are overseen by administrators you select. Identifying data about the student and samples of the student’s work are never shared with anyone outside of the private school (other than at your request).
- Home education students are overseen by government employees at the school district. Parents must file annual evaluations with the district and are be required to show their record-keeping and samples of the student’s work upon demand by the Superintendent.