Home Education is one of five legal ways to satisfy the compulsory attendance law. Florida Statute 1002.41 gives parents the choice of achieving regular school attendance through ONE of the following provisions; a public school, a parochial, religious, or denominational school, a private school, a home education program, a private tutor program.
In all cases, a child who turns six before February 1st of the school year is subject to compulsory attendance and must attend school regularly the entire school term.
Home Education Requirements:
Should you want to enroll your child in a Home Education Program, some basic requirements need to be met:
- Notify the Superintendent of Schools in writing of your intent to establish a Florida Home Education Program. Click here to submit letter of intent.
- Direct the program for your child(ren).
- Maintain a portfolio of records and materials with the minimum content as specified in the Florida Statute. This portfolio must be available for inspection by the Superintendent upon a 15-day written notice. Each portfolio must be maintained for two years.
- Provide for a statutorily prescribed annual educational evaluation of each student and file a copy with the Superintendent of Schools. Click here to access evaluation template.
- Submit a letter of termination upon completion of your home education program, enrollment in a public/private school, or when moving out of the county. Click here to complete termination letter.
- Notify the district of any changes of addresses, etc. Email us at HomeEd@collierschools.com or call us at 239-377-0522.
For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.Please be aware that the Collier County Public Schools awards no academic credit toward high school graduation for high school students in Home Education programs. It is, however, possible for high school credit to be transferred to Collier County Public Schools from a Home Education program under certain conditions.