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Florida Home Education Legal Compliance




I. Send a notice of intent to the Superintendent of Schools.


Ø Include only the names, addresses, and birth dates of those children in the program. Do not assign a grade level.


Ø Include only children who are at least 6 years old by February 1 until age 16. If you continue homeschooling through high school, it is recommended not to terminate until after graduation and after you have submitted their yearly high school evaluation.


Ø This notice must be filed within 30 days of establishing the home-education program. This document can be submitted via mail or email.



II. Submit your notice of termination if/when…


Ø You move out of Palm Beach County.


Ø You place your child in formal school.


Ø Your child completes their home education program (after high school graduation and after their yearly high school evaluation has been submitted.)



III. Maintain records as outlined. These must be kept for two years. With a prior 15 day written notice, the Superintendent may request to see these records.


Ø Maintain a portfolio (sampling of children's work).


Ø Maintain a daily log (parent's record of daily teaching and list of reading materials).



IV. File an annual evaluation with the Superintendent on or before the anniversary date of establishing the home education program. You may choose from one of the following:


Ø Teacher evaluation: You may choose any teacher that has a valid Florida teaching certificate). An evaluation includes a review of the portfolio and an interview with the child.


Ø Any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher of your choice.


Ø A state student assessment test.


Ø A psychological evaluation ~ 490.003 (7) or (8)


Ø Any valid measurement tool agreed upon by both parent and the Superintendent.