Homeschooling in Florida is Easy and Uncomplicated

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Florida is one of the easiest states to homeschool in the entire country. Not as easy as Arizona but still pretty darn easy. Let’s start with the basics of homeschooling in Florida so you can feel confident and equipped if you are just beginning your journey.

Florida is one of the easiest states in which to homeschool. Learn the basics of homeschooling in Florida so you can feel confident and equipped if you are just beginning your journey.

Homeschooling in Florida

You need to do four things in order to homeschool successfully in Florida. Several of them only have to been done once while others have to done yearly in order to stay in compliance.

  • Letter of Intent (turn in once)
  •  Maintain a portfolio (every year) and preserve them for two years
  •  Submit an annual evaluation per student, per year, done by a certified teacher
  • Letter of Termination (within 30 days of homeschool completion including graduation)

Letter of Intent

Let’s start with the letter of intent.  You can type your own with your child/children’s name and birthdays  along with a declaration of your intent to homeschool. You can also download a template like this one.

What to remember is that you don’t have to give them any more than name and birthdates. You don’t have to show what curriculum you’re using or if you are qualified. If they ask for more, gently but firmly tell them you have complied with the Florida standards.

Mail this letter via certified mail or take it to your county superintendent’s office. Now you’re officially homeschooling. Celebrate with ice cream.

Maintain A Portfolio

Don’t make this harder than it needs to be. Seriously, this is easy to overthink and save everything.  That’s not necessary especially if you have multiple children. Here’s what a good portfolio should have:

  • List of books read
  • List of movies watched
  • List of games played
  • List of field trips taken
  • A few writing samples
  •  Pics of science experiments or a few samples of work done
  • A couple of math tests ( I usually give the last one or a screenshot of Teaching Textbooks grade)

That’s it. That is more than enough for the evaluator to see that your child did the work. 

Your child DOES NOT have to advance a grade level for the evaluation. They just need to have made progress.  

You do not have to show the curriculum, say what it is, or even what grade level your child is working at anywhere on the form.

Submit An Annual Evaluation By A Certified Teacher

Your local homeschool group probably has certified teachers in it that do these evaluations. You give them the portfolio mentioned above and they sign off on it. Some give you the paper to mail to the county homeschool office while some mail it for you. 

Let me speak from a special needs standpoint for a second. You can bypass this requirement by sending in therapy reports from your providers. This also counts as making progress because we all know therapy goals represent hard work.  No need to pay for the same thing twice. 

If you still hold a valid teaching license, you can sign off on your own child’s evaluation. 

In lieu of a portfolio evaluation, you can have your child tested using a CAT test or something similar.

Once you send it in, you’re good for another year. 

FYI: your annual evaluation is due on the anniversary date of when you sent in your intent to homeschool. 

Letter of  Termination

You only need to send this in for one of these reasons:

  • Graduation
  • Moving out of state
  • Putting your child in public school

Send a letter to the county homeschool office with the child’s name and DOB along with the reason for termination. That’s all that is needed.

You make your child’s graduation requirements. There are no hard and fast rules for that so when your child is ready, graduate them. Easy peasy.

For more information about homeschooling in Florida, I recommend checking out Florida Homeschool Association or FPEA.

And I would love to hear from you: are you homeschooling in Florida? What are some of your favorite groups, field trip spots, or tips? Drop a comment below!

And if you’d love to have a printable resource to use to keep track of state homeschool requirements, key organizations, activities and field trip plans, and curriculum notes, grab a copy of my Curriculum & Activity Planner below (it’s free!):

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Interested in learning about homeschooling in another state? Check out the Homeschooling in 50 States Series.

About the Author

Penny Rogers
Penny is a homeschool mom who lives in Autismland with her adorable family. Based on her personal and sometimes difficult experiences parenting an autistic child, her hope is to educate other autism families on how to navigate their Autismland from pre diagnosis to adulthood with hope, encouragement, and frugality.

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6 Comments

  1. I will be a first time homeschool mom in Florida this September and I had already pulled my kids from public school and sent in my letter of intent to homeschool today!

    I won’t do a co-op this go round but definitely next year. I’m excited yet a bit intimidated so I want to start slow and see how my kids are adjusting to being home all the time! And I know they will need socialization out of the home with kids their age but for now, I want to lay a biblical foundation for them and see how they learn. And I’m just excited to be learning alongside them!

    As far as “field trips” go, we plan on doing a lot of Florida exploring to state parks, botanical gardens, and our FAVORITE spot for vacation or more exploring for future homeschool trips is Hanna Park! It’s got the ocean, a lake to go kayak/canoe/fish, splash pad, lots of walking/hiking and/or bike trails. Lots of nature around. And we just love the beach. Florida just has so many places to explore and I can’t wait to be there with them.

    For the past 2 years in public school, the kids didn’t get to go on fieldtrips due to Covid but now we won’t have any restrictions and now that they’ll be home, we can do anything and go anywhere, whenever we want! I love that freedom.

    I just may have gone off topic but my newbie mind is just soaking up all the info/tips/freebies/anything to put my mind at ease (maybe) on all the great homeschool sites/blogs I have found over the past couple years (or more). I feel like when I’m about to take an exam and that I studied as much as I could for, but I still get nervous and sometimes second guess myself. I feel like that when homeschool date gets closer. I’ve been reaching out to people I know, websites, blogs, everything. There’s so much and I just love that. The sky really is the limit with homeschool so please (anybody who reads this) pray for me and that I will grow closer with my kids and not far apart!

    1. Jane, I love your heart for this and it sounds like you are off to a great start! The time you will have with your kids will be such a blessing, a precious gift. You’re right to take it slow…there is SO much info out there and fun things to try, don’t feel like you have to do it all at once (that’s the hard part!). Will pray for you as you begin this journey!

    2. Mata Dennis says:

      Welcome to the Florida homeschool community. Florida is a great place to homeschool and you are correct, the state parks are wonderful field trips. I suggest you also check out homeschool freebies and discounts offered by history centers, science centers, and museums.

  2. This is my first year homeschooling both of my kids. I have a second grader and a kindergartner this year. I’ve been homeschooling my second grader since her kindergarten year, and previous to that, I was a classroom teacher and reading specialist. One of my favorite curriculums for homeschool so far is All About Reading. I’m excited to start the year off! We live in a big city in NE Florida, so the opportunities for trips are endless. Some fun places to field trip in or near NE Florida are the zoo, a unique candy shop downtown, the library, and Wild Adventures.

  3. Cynthia Garzon says:

    Thank you for the detailed information!

  4. Hello! We have been homeschooling our youngest 3 girls. Thanks for this post! It’s time for evaluation and I was stuck on what to provide but you made it easier (Godsend) I love homeschooling my babies ages 7,8 and 10. We study the book Education by Ellen G. White and also Adventist home and Country Living… these books have changed our insights on how to raise our children and govern our family. Also Great Conflict and Steps to Christ (same author). We are encouraged to continue homeschooling knowing what is to come in the near future. God Bless all who homeschool!!! Be Encouraged!! This is Gods plan for us to educate our Children!

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