DEFINITIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Will you tell me what I should teach my child?
NO, the Parent/guardian who assumes the responsibility of educating a child at home also assumes the responsibility for providing a curriculum, educational materials, and evaluations necessary to determine student progress. The school system does not supply texts, curriculum guides, or education standards for the home education student.
Who can teach in a home education setting?
May child is 5 years old. Do I need to submit a Notice of Intent?
a. To enter the kindergarten Home Education Program the child must be five (5) on or before September 1 of the school year of enrollment.
b. To enter first grade the child must be six (6) years old by September 1 of the school year of enrollment in the public school.
c. Placement of the child in first grade for the Lee County Public Schools will be determined by the school administrators according to district policies.
Please consult the FAQ portion of the FPEA website for more details regarding home educating at the kindergarten and first grade levels, IS KINDERGARTEN MANDATORY?, http://fpea.com/about-homeschooling/faq .
What are the responsibilities of parents who establish a home education program?
a. Send a written Notice of Inent to the school district superintendent.
b. Maintain a portfolio of records, consisting of a log of educational activities, writings, worksheets, and creative materials used or developed by the student.
c. Make the portfolio available for inspection by the superintendent upon a 15-day notice. (The legislation does not require the superintendent to inspect all portfolios.)
d. Provide an annual educational evaluation for the student’s educational process to the school district superintendent.
e. Preserve each student’s portfolio for two years.
f. Submit a Notice of Termination upon completion of the home education program or withdrawal from the program.
What are The School District of Lee County's responsibilities to me, a home education parent?
How many hours each day/week am I required to instruct my student?
How do I know if my student passes to the next grade level?
What if my child was assigned to The Success Academy?
What if my child was enrolled in a public school and I decide in the middle of the school year to home educate? May I?
What if my child is failing in the public school and I decide to home educate and he/she passes? Can I enroll him/her in the public school in the next grade level?
Do I submit a Notice of Intent each year?
How can I get in contact with other parents who are home educators? Where do I find resource options?
How do I get started?
ANNUAL EVALUATION/PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS
What information should be included in the contents of my child's portfolio?
Section 1002.41, F.S., defines a portfolio as "A log of educational activities which is made contemporaneously with the instruction and which designates by title any reading materials used and samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student. Consult the "Annual Evaluation/Portfolio Requirements" link on this website for specific details.
The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent/guardian for two years and shall be made available for inspection by the superintendent, or the superintendent's agent, upon a 15-day written request.
When is my portfolio due for review?
A student in a home education setting must be evaluated once a year to demonstrate educational progress at a level equivalent to his or her abilities. The parent/guardian selects the method of evaluation from those provided in the Florida Statute, then files a copy of the evaluation annually in the superintendent's office.
If a student has been found to exhibit a pattern of nonattendance, the parent must submit a portfolio to be reviewed by a home education committee every 30 days until the committee determines that the home educaiton program is in compliance with Section 1003.26, F.S.
What does the annual educational evaluation include?
A student in a home education setting must be evaluated once a year to demonstrate educational progress at a level equivalent to his or her abilities. "Annually" is defined in Florida Statute as one year from the date of the Notice of Intent. The parent/guardian selects the method of evaluation from those provided in Florida Statute, then files a copy of the evaluation annually in the superintendent’s office. The evaluation must consist of one of the following:a. A Florida certified teacher chosen by the parent/guardian may evaluate the child’s progress based on the review of the portfolio and discussion with the student;
b. The student may take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher;
c. The student may take a state student assessment test used by the school district and administered by a certified teacher, at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district;
d. The student may be evaluated by a psychologist holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of Section 490.003 (7) or (8), F.S.; or
e. The student may be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the school superintendent of the district in which the student resides and the student’s parent/guardian.
My child has a pattern of nonattendance. Can he/she enroll as a home education program student?
Yes. However, at the time that a student who has been found to exhibit a pattern of nonattendance is enrolled in a home education program, the home education contact will:
a. Provide the parent or guardian with a copy of the home education law, Section 1002.41, F.S., and the accountability requirements of the truancy law, Section 1003.26, F.S.; and
b. Refer the parent or guardian to a home education review committee composed of members as specified in Section 1003.26, F.S.
The parent must submit a portfolio, as defined by Section 1002.41, F.S., to be reviewed by a home education review committee every 30 days until the committee determines that the home education program is in compliance with Section 1003.26, F.S. The first portfolio review must occur within the first 30 calendar days of the establishment of the home education program.
Once the committee determines that the home education program is in compliance, the parent will no longer be required to submit a portfolio to the home education review committee. The parent will be required to comply with the requirements of a home education program pursuant to Section 1002.41, F.S., as is any parent involved in a home education program.
If the student/parent fails to provide a portfolio for the review committee, the committee shall notify the superintendent of schools who shall then terminate the home education program and require the parent to enroll the student in an attendance option provided under Section 1002.41, F.S., within three days. Failure of a parent or guardian to enroll a student in an attendance option after termination of a home education program shall constitute non-compliance with the compulsory attendance requirement and may result in criminal prosecution of the parent under Section1003.27(2), F.S.
INTERSCHOLASTIC EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Can my child participate in "interscholastic extracurricular activities" offered at the public school?
YES, Section 1006.15 F.S., requires that home education middle/high students be given the same opportunity as public school students to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities. Consult the "Extra-Curricular Interscholastic Activities" link on this website for specific registration details.
What if the extracurricular activity requires a on-campus class to be taken in order to participate?
How do I sign-up my student to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities?
Step #1: Visit your local Student Assignment with the following documents, if they do not already have them on file:
- proof of address
- immunization records
- last physical exam
- birth certificate
Step #2: Student Assignment will then assign you a school for purposes of participating an extra-curricular activity.
Step #3: Take the "Extra Curricular Activities Assignment" form to the assigned school.
Step #4: If the desired extra-curricular is a sport, receive the Florida High Schol Athletic Association packet from the assigned school. Submit the EL7V Form (Verification of Student Registration with Public School District home Education Office) to the Home Education Program office (at the LCPEC) for compliance verification.
Step #5: Return the original signed EL7V Form to the assigned school to finalize student participation in the desired sport
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Will my student be eligible for Bright Futures?
What type of diploma do home education student receive?
How are my student's credits validated?
Can my child enroll in a public school during their Senior year to receive a diploma?
If a home education child(ren) is working at the secondary level (grades 9-12), no high school credit is earned. If the student enrolls in a public school, grade placement and credits will be determined by the school administrators according to district policies and the transfer of credit rules, http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/5423/urlt/2012_Transfer_of_Credits_FAQs.pdf.
Home Education students who wish to receive a diploma and participate in the graduation ceremonies MUST enroll in a Lee County high school for the last SEMESTER of their senior year.