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Homeschooling in Florida


Here are a few articles about homeschooling in Florida.  For quick answers to some commonly asked questions see our FAQs.  You will find sample letters to submit to your district school superintendent's office in our Printables section, and you may also be interested in these significant Florida news feeds.

Florida End-of-Course Assessments

All Florida public schools teach the Florida Standards, and End-of-Course Assessments (EOC Assessments) are one of the annual criterion-referenced tests used to measure how well students learn what is taught. (The FCAT 2.0 is also used.) EOC Assessments are computer-based tests that are administered for the purpose of testing a student's knowledge and skills learned for a specific course. Florida began transitioning from the FCAT to EOC Assessments in 2011. Currently, there are EOC Assessments for Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, Geometry, United States History, and Civics.

Who Participates

All public school students are required to pass the EOC Assessments to earn course credit and meet graduation requirements. Private school students and homeschool students are also eligible to take these tests. If you think your student may at some point enter or return to a public school, we highly recommend that your student takes these tests. One benefit to taking these tests is that even if a student hasn't enrolled in or completed the course, under the Credit Acceleration Program (s. 1003.4295(3)), a student may earn high school credit by passing the corresponding EOC Assessment.

EOC Assessment Administration

EOC Assessments are administered at no charge at the district school in which the student is zoned. Each EOC Assessment is administered at the conclusion of both the fall and spring semesters. A summer administration also takes place for each EOC assessment. Accommodations are made and paper-based tests are available for students with disabilities.Test schedules can be found on the Florida Standards Assessments Portal.

Practice Tests

First-time test takers are required to participate in a practice test sessions for each EOC Assessment they will take. Computer-Based Practice Tests (ePATs) for EOC Assessments are available at http://www.flassessments.com/ePATs for each of the EOC Assessments.

Who to Contact

If your child would like to participate in EOC Assessments, you will need to contact the test coordinator at your zoned district school's assessment office.

A Few Links You May Find Helpful

The following websites provide for more information about EOC Assessments and access to resources for preparing for these tests.

Beginning with students who entered grade 9 in the 2011-2012 school year, students who have not earned the required passing score of 399 on the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment may earn a comparative passing score of 97 on the respective section of the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). (6A-1.094223)

Taking Courses at Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) provides online K–12 instruction to students all over Florida, the U.S. and the world. Their courses are free * to Florida students and are available on a tuition basis to students elsewhere. Since FLVS courses are online, students are on the computer a lot. It is important that a student is committed to his or her courses at FLVS, as every grade earned become part of the student's permanent school record.

Florida Virtual School Options

There are two different tuition-free online Florida Virtual School programs available to Florida students:  FLVS FT and FLVS.

Florida Virtual School Full-Time (FLVS FT)

Through a partnership with Connections Academy, FLVS FT is a full-time online public school that serves students in grades K-12. There are specific enrollment periods and eligibility requirements. Private school students (students enrolled in umbrella schools) are not eligible to take courses under the FLVS FT program. Under the FLVS FT Public Program, FLVS FT is the school of record and students take their courses on an August – June schedule, have a standard public school course load, and meet the same public school requirements for attendance, graduation, and standardized test preparation. Students who graduate under this program will be awarded with a High School Diploma.

Florida Virtual School Part Time (FLVS)

FLVS is available to public school students, homeschoolers registered with their district school, and students enrolled in private schools (including umbrella schools) and serves students in grades 6–12.  While it is considered a part-time program, homeschool and private school students may take up to 6 courses at a time. Students enrolled in this program are not required to participate in state-mandated assessments and are not awarded diplomas.

Enrolling at FLVS

To enroll your child in courses at FLVS as a homeschool student, you must provide verification from your district that your child is registered in a home education program. To enroll your child in courses at FLVS as a private schooled student (i.e., homeschooling under the cover of an umbrella school), your private school must have an articulation agreement on file with FLVS.

How it Works at FLVS

First, students register at FLVS and choose the courses they want to take. If they are registered homeschoolers, their parents create an account and approve their courses. If they are enrolled at a private school, their school will approve their courses. Once the courses have been approved, the classrooms are assigned. This can take anywhere from a few of days to a couple of weeks.

Once classrooms are assigned, students can log in and begin their courses. Sometimes students are required to download specific software and/or visit external websites to complete assignments. Assignments are submitted online, including assessments. Periodically, students connect with their teacher on the telephone for discussion-based assessments. Teachers are available via phone, text, email and instant messaging from 8AM to 8PM, five to seven days a week. Substitute teachers are assigned during holidays, so, ideally, there is always a teacher available to answer questions.

What is Expected at FLVS

Students are allowed to work at their own pace and on days and at times that work for them (meaning, they can work ahead of pace), however students are expected to submit work regularly, even if ahead of pace. Additionally, students and their parents are required to speak with the teacher (via phone or email) at least once per month. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal from the course.

State Mandated Assessments

Students enrolled at FLVS are not required to take state mandated assessments. (Students enrolled at FLVS FT are.)

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