• Home Education

    Home education is 100% parent-driven and by enrolling in home education, parents/guardians are assuming all educational responsibilities regardless of the mechanism used to educate their students.  This includes all correspondence curriculum, books, or online curriculum (Sarasota Virtual School or Florida Virtual School). 

    Home education is in lieu of attending a public school (traditional or charter) or private school. Students who have a pattern of non-attendance (truancy) may enroll in homeschool and will be required to comply with F.S.1002.41 and 1002.26 

    Parents and guardians who are considering home education as a school choice option should know they have the following responsibilities under Florida Statutes 1002.41 and 1003.21.

    • Parents/Guardians must notify the Office of School Choice in writing within 30 days of the establishment of the Home Education Program.
    • Parents/Guardians are required to maintain a portfolio of records and materials. This portfolio is to be preserved for two years and be made available, upon 15 days notice, for inspection.
    • Parents/Guardians are required to provide the Office of School Choice and Charter Schools with an annual educational evaluation for students in the Home Education program:
    • You can have a Florida teacher, (currently certified to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level) assess your student.
    • You can have your student take any nationally-normed student achievement test, administered by a certified teacher of your choice.
    • The student can take a State Student Assessment test (if available through the school district)
    • The student can be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of F.S.490.003 (7) or (8).
    • The student can be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool not covered in 1-4 if mutually agreed upon by the school superintendent (designee) of the district in which the student resides. Examples would be SAT or ACT scores; grades earned through dual enrollment; or classes taken at public schools, private schools or virtual schools.

    The required annual evaluation is due in the Office of School Choice and Charter Schools no later than 12 months after your student is registered (and within each12 month period following that date should your student be on home education for more than 1 year).

    National assessments and statewide standardized assessments offered by the school district are also available to home education students. The following state assessments are available for home education students to participate in during the 2021-2022 school year:

    • ELA Writing:
      • Grades 4-10          April 4-14, 2022
    • ELA Reading:
      • Grade 3                 April 4-14, 2022
      • Grades 4-6             May 2-13, 2022
      • Grades 7-10           May 2-27, 2022
    • Mathematics:
      • Grades 3-6             May 2-13, 2022
      • Grades 7-8             May 2-27, 2022
    • Science:
      • Grades 5 and 8       May 9-20, 2022
    • Middle School End-of-Course Exam:
      • Civics                      May 2-27, 2022
    • High School End-of-Course Exams:
      • Algebra                  May 2-27, 2022
      • Geometry               May 2-27, 2022
      • Biology                   May 2-27, 2022
      • US History              May 2-27, 2022

    Parents/Guardians who are interested in having their students take one of the above assessments are required to complete and submit a Spring 2022 Home Education Registration Form by January 31. Once the 2022 Home Education Registration Form is submitted, students will be assigned specific test dates. Assessment registration forms will not be accepted after the January 31 deadline. If you have questions or need additional information, you may contact the Research, Assessment and Evaluation Office

     

    Home education students have access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs through Sarasota County Schools. Multiple CTE programs are available at all middle and high schools as well as Suncoast Technical College. CAPE industry certifications are available to Home education students that are enrolled in CTE programs at no cost. Home education students not enrolled in CTE programs must cover all costs associated with test preparation materials and exam vouchers. State funding restrictions prohibit the school district from spending CTE funding on non-CTE students.

    Upon deciding to establish and maintain a Home Education Program for your student, you will be governed by Florida statutes.  The Supervisor of School Choice and Charter Schools acts as the Superintendent’s designee for Home Education Programs in Sarasota County. As parents and/or guardians establish their Home Education Programs, the designee will help them remain in compliance with the state statutes that govern this school choice option in Florida

    Please send any and all homeschool correspondence to controlledopenenrollment@sarasotacountyschools.net

    If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to call the Office of School Choice and Charter Schools at 927-9000 extension 32255.