Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice
Home Education is a parent-directed educational option that satisfies the requirement for regular school attendance. 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 60,000 students in approximately 42,000 families are in Home Education Programs throughout Florida.
- Choosing to begin a Home Education Program
- Summary of Home Education Program requirements
- Home Education FAQs (PDF, 106KB)
- Home Education and Bright Futures
- Home Education and ESE Services FAQs (PDF, 23KB)
- Home Education and Dual Enrollment FAQs (PDF, 28KB)
- Private School and Home Education Transfer of Credits FAQs (PDF, 41KB)
Support for Home Education Programs
The Department of Education provides technical assistance and information to school districts and parents. Each district has a home education contact who works with homeschooling families regarding home education programs. Many independent organizations also provide resources and support for home educators.
- Home Education contacts by school district
- Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) is an independent organization that exists solely to serve home education families in Florida.
- Home Education Foundation (HEF) is a corporation established to raise support and direct the lobbying for home education in Florida.
- Learning is for Everyone is an inclusive state support and networking group for home and alternative learners.
- American Homeschool Association was created in 1995 to network homeschoolers on a national level.
- National Home Education Network exists to encourage and facilitate the work of state and local homeschooling organizations and individuals.
Home Education News and Notes
The Literacy League book club is a new reading initiative designed to connect Florida's middle school students with their favorite authors in modern and innovative ways.