Home Education Students Grades K-12
Home education, as defined by Florida law, is “sequentially progressive instruction of a student directed by his or her parent in order to satisfy the attendance requirements of Sections 1002.41, 1003.01, and 1003.21.” The law gives parents much freedom in directing and choosing the educational programs that best meet the needs of their child. Parents are responsible for all aspects of the student’s home education program. Throughout the state of Florida, children of all ages are being home educated, with many of them entering college straight from their home education programs.
Many parents choose to use the Polk Virtual Education courses which are available from K-12 under Polk Virtual uses a combination of curriculum from Florida Virtual School and Pearson’s Connections.
See Polk School Board Site and search for “Home Education” for more details.
Home Education Packet:
The Sr. Manager of Social Work Services serves as the district contact for all aspects of the Home Education Program, including inquiries and requests for part-time enrollment, dual enrollment, virtual school, FCAT information, and exceptional student education. Other responsibilities include maintaining records and monitoring student progress for over 2,200 students. The district’s home education packet is updated and distributed in both paper and electronic formats.
The mission statement of the Polk County School Board Student Services Department is to support youth, families, and school board employees by enhancing mental and physical health resulting in optimal student achievement and personal success for all.
Home School Options:
All Polk County home school students must complete and submit the Notice of Intent to Home School form to be registered as a home school student. The intent form can be found in the Home Education Packet. Once registered as a home school student parents have the following options:
The student’s parent/guardian has a choice of programs (see Appendix C in the Home Education Packet).
Middle/High School 6-12
The student’s parent/guardian may elect to use Polk Virtual School and/or Florida Virtual School for curriculum services. The student’s parent/guardian has a choice of programs (see Appendix C in the Home Education Packet).
Click HERE to see a standard course progression for students in grades 6-12.