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 aspiringheightsacademy.com.
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