Home Education

Home Education is a parent-directed educational option that satisfies the requirement for regular school attendance. Florida Laws protecting home education became effective in 1985. Parents have the freedom to determine their child's educational path and the plan for reaching their goals. Students have the opportunity to explore and learn at their own pace, in any location or at any time. Home education students are able to enter institutions of higher learning and are eligible to participate in the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. More than 84,000 students in approximately 58,000 families are in Home Education Programs throughout Florida.



A student must be of school age to be enrolled in Home Education as specified in section 
1003.21, Florida Statutes (F.S.). The law requires the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) of home education students to:

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  • There are many home education parent support groups in Palm Beach County. Support groups provide assistance regarding curriculum, instruction, educational activities, annual evaluator, and other educational needs. To receive a list of support groups, click here.
  • Home Education students may access instruction, if eligible, at their zoned school if the class is related to an extracurricular activity (section 1006.15, F.S.) the student participates in and/or relates to the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) for Exceptional Student Education (ESE). In order to begin this process, contact your zoned public school.
  • Free virtual education courses are available for students K-12 through Palm Beach Virtual School (561-366-6131 or Palm Beach Virtual).
  • If your child is currently enrolled in a public or private school, please complete the withdrawal process prior to enrolling in Home Education. In order to begin this process, contact the school your child attends.
  • The School District of Palm Beach County Home Education does not provide a diploma, books, curricula, or materials for home education students. Off-Adoption Textbooks (books no longer used in our district schools) may be available to the public by contacting your local school.
  • The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS), Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), End-of-Course Exam (EOC) is one of 5 options for satisfying the annual evaluation for home education students. Home education students must pre-register with the Home Education Office to take these exams. Please call (561) 434-8052 to inquire about test registration. Students interested in taking the PSAT, please contact the testing coordinator at your zoned school.

Schedule of Assessments

  • If a home education student enrolls in a public school within the School District of Palm Beach County, grade placement and credits will be determined by the school administrator(s) according to district policies. The student's curriculum, portfolio, official transcripts (e.g., accredited correspondence programs), and annual evaluations may be reviewed at the school prior to placement or credit decisions.
  • If a home education student completes an EOC course and enrolls in a public school within the School District of Palm Beach County, they will not need to take the EOC to earn credit, except Algebra 1 EOC (for diploma requirement) according to Florida Statute 1003.4282 (7).
  • Students with a prior pattern of public school nonattendance may be subject to monthly portfolio reviews in accordance with Florida law (section 1003.26, Florida Statutes).
  • For further information, including translations in Spanish and Haitian-Creole, please contact the Home Education Office at (561) 434-8052.


Contact:
Cheryl Bottini
Program Planner
3300 Forest Hill Boulevard, C–124
West Palm Beach, FL 33406–5813
Phone: (561) 434-8052
cheryl.bottini@palmbeachschools.org

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