Homeschooling is popular in Florida, with the website A2ZHomeschooling.com estimating approximately 86,500 homeschooled students in the state. Families interested in homeschooling must register with the Palm Beach County School District by filing a letter of intent. Parents must also maintain a portfolio logging each student’s educational activities, and provide an annual evaluation, which may include the Florida Standards Assessment, among other required actions. Comprehensive information is available at the Palm Beach County School website: www.palmbeachschools.org/homeeducation. State of Florida information is found at: www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/other-school-choice-options/home-edu. Here are several resources related to homeschooling:
Christian Homeschool Support | www.christianhomeschoolsupport.org
This group is dedicated to the Christian Homeschool Support of the Western Communities in Palm Beach County, FL. This group primarily serves residents of Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, but all are welcome to join to provide support, fellowship and encouragement to one another.
Florida Homeschooling | www.florida-homeschooling.org
Resources and support for Florida homeschoolers, including legal and practical information for both new and experienced homeschoolers, as well as county-specific listings of evaluators, tutors, support groups, and private schools for homeschoolers.
Florida Parent Educators Association | www.fpea.com
The FPEA serves thousands of homeschooling families in Florida, delivering a wealth of support, guidance, and information to both new and longtime home educators. The “FPEA Experience” involves a banding together of homeschoolers to accomplish the task of developing academic and personal excellence by sharing resources, creating connections, enhancing relationships and breaking down barriers.
Florida Virtual School | www.flvs.net/homeschool/options
Florida Virtual School is a free online public school offering more than 150 courses. FVS gives homeschoolers the ability to enroll in courses 365 days per year and the choice to take courses online while learning during the summer or the school year – or something in between. Homeschoolers can chart an educational path around individual needs, hobbies, activities, and travel.
The South Florida HEAT Competitive Athletics for Homeschoolers | www.sfheat.org
The South Florida HEAT (Home Education Athletic Teams) is a Christian based, FHSAA accredited, not-for-profit organization working with homeschooling families toward growing tomorrow’s servant-leaders through learning and applying life-lessons available from the competitive interscholastic athletic arena.