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Home Education Program vs. Umbrella School Enrollment

This is a basic overview to help you differentiate between establishing a home education program and enrolling your child in a private umbrella school. In either case, you are educating your child at home, but students who are in an established home education program are homeschooling under the home education statute, and students enrolled in an umbrella school are homeschooling under the private school statute. Your choice will determine your record keeping requirements and your child's access to public school services. Visit the Florida Department of Education for detailed information about Florida private schools and home education.

Requirement or Option Establish a Home Education Program Enroll Your Child in an Umbrella School
Notify your district school of your intent to homeschool Yes No
Be bound by specific attendance requirements No Yes
Maintain a portfolio of records and materials Yes No, unless school requires
Provide for an annual educational evaluation Yes No, unless school requires
Choose your own curriculum Yes Depends on the school's requirements
Choose which subjects you teach Yes Depends on the school's requirements
Receive instructional materials Some districts loan/sell instructional materials Some schools provide
Take courses at Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Yes Yes, if the school offers
Participate in local district courses Some districts allow Some districts allow
Participate in Standardized Testing Allowed, but not required Some allowed; school may require
Participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities Yes In certain cases
Participate in Florida's college dual enrollment program Yes Yes, if school offers
Be eligible for Bright Futures Scholarships Yes, if registered with the district for the current and prior academic year Yes, if a diploma is awarded by the school or the student earns a GED
Attend summer school Some districts allow Yes, if the school allows
Earn a high school diploma No Yes, if awarded by the school
Receive official transcripts No Yes, if the school offers this service
Notify your district school when you terminate your home education program Yes No

As you can see, your options under an umbrella school depend greatly on what the school offers or requires. Umbrella schools establish their own enrollment, record keeping, and evaluation policies. They may require you share the same faith, sign up for third party services, or use specific curriculum, and they may offer additional services, such as field trips, scholarships, and graduation ceremonies. To see how enrolling your child at our school compares to a establishing a home education program, see our comparison chart at

  • Published 17 January 2010
  • Updated 18 January 2022

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