Florida is a great state to homeschool in!
We register with the county and have enjoyed a great working relationship with everyone we have communicated with here in Seminole County.
We have graduated five homeschoolers who have attended Stetson University or UCF on Florida Bright Future scholarships. Our experience with college administrators, state government bureaucrats, and local country officials has been pleasant.
Everyone has been kind, helpful and supportive. Many people took went out of their way to help me in the sometimes-confusing maze of applying to colleges and searching for colleges.
We started in eighth grade mapping out a flexible high school plan. There were changes and adaptations each year as we took advantage of opportunities that arose and sharpened the focus for each teen.
You determine the requirements for homeschool graduation if you are registered with the county. If you homeschool under an umbrella school, the umbrella school will have its own graduation requirements. Many parents like to know what public and private schools require to help them with their planning. Colleges also have expectations and requirements for admissions.
Homeschooling High School is very popular in Florida. You will find a wealth of homeschool co-ops, enrichment classes, and umbrella schools. Teens can play sports at local public high schools and even take one or two classes on public high school campuses, if you are comfortable with them at the local high school.
Dual-enrolling is quite easy here. All of teens took Spanish I and Spanish II at our local state college Seminole State College. The courses were free. We only paid for the books.
Being a people person, I love the people I've met who homeschool here in Florida. They are all so different with one thing in common: they are willing to invest time, energy, and money into providing the best possible education for their children. My children, husband, and I have enjoyed many friendship over the years with fellow homeschool families. What a blessing!
We joined FPEA as soon as we moved to Florida. FPEA's conventions, newsletters, and other events have been an encouragement in our journey. It has been exciting to see more and more people start homeschooling in Florida.
Florida even has her own homeschool lobbyist. Brenda Dickinson, former homeschool mom, lobbies on behalf of homeschoolers in Tallahassee. She became the president of the Home Education Foundation after her husband died in 1993.
Here are the legal requirements for homeschooling in Florida: FPEA Requirements. I love this FPEA page--it is so helpful!
Here is more legal information and up-to-date news on homeschooling in Florida from HSLDA.
If you are considering homeschooling in Florida, I'm sure it will be a great adventure for your family. Maybe I will get to meet you sometime in person. That would be awesome! Until then, happy homeschooling!