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Public or Private Homeschooling?
In fact, legally, children who are being homeschooled through a private school are considered to be private school students, NOT homeschoolers. While this distinction has no bearing on how you teach your child, it does have an impact on the laws that govern your program as well as the opportunities available to you.
This chart shows some of the legal differences between homeschooling through a private school and homeschooling by registering with the school district.
|Feature||Private School||Home Education Statutes|
|Register with Superintendent||No||Yes|
|Submit a Letter of Intent||No||Yes|
|File Annual Evaluation with School District||No||Yes|
|Possible “audit” of records by School District||No||Yes|
|Parents Select Curriculum||Yes||Yes|
|“Attendance” Requirements||Yes (easy to meet)||No|
|Eligible for Bright Futures Scholarship||Yes (easier to qualify)||Yes (harder to qualify)|
|Participate in Inter-Scholastic Extracurricular Student Activities||No||Yes (student may need to try out)|
|Receive transcript, diploma, etc.||Yes||No|
|Take Classes at Florida Virtual School||Yes||Yes|
|Participate in dual enrollment programs||Yes||Yes|
When looking at this chart, bear in mind that it reflects legal requirements and differences only. Private schools for homeschoolers may set their own requirements regarding curriculum, samples of work, testing, and so on. If this is an option you wish to pursue, you will want to talk to several schools so that you can find one that matches your educational philosophy, need (or lack thereof) for support, and budget.