If you live in Florida and would like to register with HomeLife Academy, it is not necessary for you to register your K-12 grade students with the local school board or county. In Florida, there are two common options. You can register with a non-campus based private FL 600 school like HomeLife Academy as a private school student. When registering with a private school, you will only be required to meet the requirements for that school. You can also register with the county or local board of education as a homeschool student. A third option is to use a private certified teacher to tutor your child. Please read the HSLDA summary below carefully as it is important to know your legal rights.
HomeLife Academy Florida
10151 University Blvd, # 124
Orlando, FL 32817
HomeLife Academy is recognized by the State of Florida as a private school and is listed with the Florida Department of Education under Orange Country. FL School code: 5592. ACT/SAT High School Code: 431-423. HLA is a member in Good Standing with ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and a registered group with HSLDA.
Homeschooling in Florida
Summary of Requirements:
Register with HomeLife Academy or another private (cover) school OR fill out a Notice of Intent with your local board of education by the time school begins in your area.
Must be registered between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16). Students must be registered for the current school year if the student turns 6 by February 1 of that school year, otherwise, the student must be registered the school year after turning 6. Must be 5 by September 1 to register for Kindergarten.
180 Days of Attendance (or equivalent in hours)
Meet the requirements i.e. testing, reporting, etc. of the private school or the county with which you are registered.
NOTE REGARDING SPORTS: Registering with the local board of education (county) by filing a Notice of Intent must be done annually in order to play sports under FHSAA guidelines. You may NOT stay “enrolled” in HLA while you are playing sports under FHSAA eligibility. Students registering with the county to play sports will be required to meet homeschool requirements including portfolios and evaluations. If you need more information on playing sports, please visit our Sports and Extracurricular Activities FAQs.
If you would prefer to stay registered with a private school and your student wants to play public school sports, you can register with our sister school, HLA Preparatory School. HLA Preparatory School is recognized by the State of Florida as a private school and is listed with the Florida Department of Education under Brevard County. FL School code: 9152.
Registering for FLVS:
HomeLife Academy is affiliated with FLVS. You will sign your student up as a private school student, enrolled with HomeLife Academy, which is located in Orange County. Once you sign up for desired courses, we will approve those courses for your student. FLVS Student-Registration-Guide
FLVS for HLA Prep Families: You can follow the same guidelines as HomeLife Academy families but you will be listed as enrolled under HLA Preparatory School in Brevard County. If you have any questions regarding this you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. HLA Prep is for student athletes wishing to play sports in a public school setting.
Advantages of Enrolling with HLA under the Private School Option
- Official High School Transcripts & Diploma
- Bright Futures Assistance
- Access to Florida Virtual School 5th through 12th grades
- High School Transcript Reviews
- Counseling Services
- NO Testing Required
- Official records for K through 8th grades
- Attendance Records
- Teacher and Student ID Cards
- Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) membership discount.
- Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) membership discount.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
State Organizations and Associations
Florida has an incredible state-wide association, Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA), that works directly with homeschoolers across the state. FPEA serves thousands of homeschooling families in Florida providing support, guidance and information to both new and veteran homeshoolers. FPEA is a community that thrives by sharing resources, creating connections, enhancing relationships and breaking down barriers. FPEA acknowledges that there is no one “right” way to educate, and acts as an ambassador and champion, serving and protecting the rights and choices of all homeschoolers.
MISSION STATEMENT: The Florida Parent-Educators Association exists solely to serve homeschooling families in Florida. It executes that mission through support for the legal right to homeschool, local school board education and interaction, support group networking, a state convention, local conferences and events, informative communications, and individual encouragement, all in accordance with Judeo-Christian principles. (Source: FPEA.com)
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Homeschooling Events in Florida
While Florida has other homeschooling events, FPEA’s Florida Homeschool Convention is the largest homeschool convention in the country, serving more than 15K attendees each year on Memorial Day weekend. It’s an amazing event that you don’t want to miss! FPEA hosts several other events including a Special Needs Conference and a STEM Conference. Please visit FPEA’s Events Page.
Local Support Groups and Other Helpful Information
FPEA – Homeschool Organizations and Support Groups