There are basically four options for home-based education in Florida:
Students may enroll in an “umbrella” or “600” private school
An umbrella school, sometimes known as a “600” school, is non–campus-based private school. Students are allowed to work at home under the tutelage of parents or some other home educator. Since private schools can select their own curriculum, many choose to let the power remain in the hands of the home educator (parent). Private schools are also not required to administer assessments or tests, or keep curriculum logs or portfolios. Education Revolution provides an umbrella option and is registered as an official private school with the Florida Department of Education.
Students can work with a private tutor
A parent/guardian may also select to hire a private tutor for his or her child. The tutor assumes responsibility for working with the student on curriculum and providing required documentation to the Department of Education.
Students can enroll in a home-education program
A parent/guardian can establish a home-education program. The state of Florida requires an annual form of action to continue a home-education program. Two of these options include a portfolio review conducted by a certified teacher or completion of norm-reference test. Education Revolution offers both of these services.
Students can enroll in a virtual school
A student can also enroll full-time in a virtual school like FLVS. These schools have their own curriculum and testing requirements. Students who use such an option are not home schooled, but are rather students who take classes at home. Some umbrella schools affiliate with virtual schools, like FLVS, thereby allowing students the option to take classes of interest. Education Revolution is affiliated with FLVS–students enrolled in our umbrella school can FLVS FLEX classes.