Sancta Familia Homeschool Record Keeping since 2001
Sancta Familia Academy was incorporated in 2001 to provide both record-keeping services and classes for Catholic homeschoolers. In the 1990's, we had a local homeschool support group in Brevard County that provided for social activities for both the kids and parents, but we saw a need for more.
Florida has a relatively easy homeschool law and a comparatively relaxed home education environment in most counties, especially now in the 21st century, but it wasn't so friendly in the 1980's before, and even after, the home education statute was passed. At one time, the only way to legally homeschool was by using a private school "umbrella" or "cover" school. Religious groups formed organizations and non-religious groups fromed corporations, setting them up as private schools with "satellite" locations where students learned from parent-teachers at home. Though the law changed in the early 1980's to allow for parents to teach from home, many families chose to stay with their private schools for various reasons. New families joined and new schools formed.
The laws and environment continue to change in our state and throughout the country. Colleges admit students from private schools - even those that are not accredited - and from homeschools. The need for a private school umbrella isn't what it once was, but there are still benefits that many parents consider important. Guidance, accountability, official transcripts, and a high school diploma, are just some of the benefits that families continue to value. See the pros and cons of using an umbrella school here.
Sancta Familia Academy offers private school enrollment throughout the state of Florida, a homeschool support network, and classes for local homeschoolers. Enrollment is not required to participate in co-op or to take a limited number of classes. The law requires home education students be taught by their parents at least 50%, so a full course load does require enrollment.
The only Florida scholarship that can be used toward Home Academy enrollment or classes for homeschoolers is the Gardiner Scholarship. The McKay and Step Up scholarships can only be used for full-time students who attend our day school.
Sancta Familia Home Academy Requirements & Options
Sancta Familia charges a nominal fee for record-keeping services, including online reporting of attendance and grades. With the lowest fee, there are also the least requirements and the least services / benefits. Grading options include pass / fail, satisfactory, etc. This option is good for "unschoolers" as well as those enrolled in an out-of-state school, such as Seton.
Sancta Familia has a higher cost option for high school students which includes transcripts and a diploma from SFA. These additional services / benefits add additional requirements as well. For example, letter grades, according to our scale, and work samples are mandatory for all high school credit courses.
Elementary work samples are limited to language arts and math. High school work samples are required for students seeking credit and an SFA transcript, unless the course is provided by FLVS. However, we do recommend you keep a portfolio similar to that which is required by the home education statute.
Sancta Familia's annual evaluation requirements are the same as the state's except that the results are submitted to SFA not the county. We also offer the option of taking standardized tests at our school in the spring when we test our day students.
Curriculum is not provided, and no particular curriculum is required. However, at the high school level, for students seeking a diploma and transcripts, we do have graduation requirements that must be met.
SFA has a recommended course of study for those who are interested in following it.
Private school transcripts and diploma are only provided for students who enroll with this option. (See cost information above.)
Report cards are not provided or required; however reports may be printed out from the online reporting system, and parents are required to list subjects and grades in the system. (See cost information above for grading requirements.)
SFA students are eligible to dual enroll with a college, but only if they are enrolled in our diploma program as transcripts must be provided by the private school. We have current articulation agreements with two Florida state colleges, and are able to make agreements with others, but only for students who pay tuition, in addition to enrollment fees, to Sancta Familia Academy.
Sancta Familia students who receive the Gardiner Scholarship may use it for enrollment, class tuition, tutoring, and other services provided by our school. For Florida scholarships other than Gardiner, see our day school.
SFA students are eligible to participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities at their local public school. The forms required are different from those required for home education students. See the FHSAA website form information.