Home Education in Florida

Florida is a great state to homeschool! There are lots of resources available right in our own local area. Here are a few of them.

  • Homeschool co-ops
  • “Umbrella” schools: private school that offers part-time classes or resources to homeschool families
  • Private tutors

Facebook is a great place to search for tutors, homeschool groups, or co-ops nearby.

Steps to Homeschooling

  1. File intent to homeschool with your local school district
  2. Maintain portfolio
  3. Evaluation
  4. Familiarize yourself with the statutes
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Florida Virtual School

  • FREE for Florida residents
  • Curriculum created to meet Florida educational standards
  • Each course is taught by a state-certified teacher
  • Available for students K-12
  • Teacher calls and counseling available
  • Finishing the course through FLVS meets evaluation requirements
  • Fully accredited
  • Flex or full-time schedules available

For more Information:

English

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
(Ages Birth-5) Resources and book lists to help families with young children read 1,000 books before kindergarten.

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
(Grades 6 & up) An annual list of the most outstanding YA fiction.

Novelist
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?

Purdue OWL
(Grades 6 & up) The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional materials, including MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

SparkNotes
(Grades 6 & up) Study guides for help with Shakespeare and English literature, plus history, math, biology, and more.

Geography

CIA World Factbook
This source provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Quizzes.cc
A collection of social studies quizzes and games.

Math

Khan Academy
(All ages) Watch videos and practice your skills for almost any math subject.

Web Math
(Grades 4 & up) This site from Discovery.com explains math problems from pre-algebra to calculus.

General Research

Biography Database (Gale in Context)
Features scholarly, biographical articles on thousands of people as well as encyclopedia entries and bibliographies for further reading.

Elementary
(Grades K-5) Easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

Florida Electronic Library
(Grades 3 & up) Magazines, newspapers, books and more on a variety of topics.

Florida Kids
Information about Florida’s people from 12,000 years ago to the present, people of all cultures who have made our state their home, and other Florida facts.

Library of Congress
(Grades 6 & up) Resources about a broad range of topics and numerous historical primary sources.

History

Florida History Day Resources
Access to online resources relating to the current History Day theme available from the State Library & Archives of Florida.

Digital Public Library
(Grades 6 & up) Primary and secondary sources provided by partners from numerous museums, libraries, universities, and other institutions.

Smithsonian
The National Museum of American History preserves a wide variety of historical artifacts, archival documents, and library materials.

Khan Academy
Resources on world history all the way back to 600 BCE

Current Events/News

AP
(Grades 8 & up)

Newslea
(Grades 2 & up)

NYT Learning Network
(Grades 7 & up)

Scholastic News
(Grades 4-9)

Youngzine
(Grades 4 & up)

Test Prep

ACT.org
Study materials and practice tests for the ACT.

College Board
Study materials and practice tests for the SAT.

Florida Statewide Assessments Portal
Information about Florida’s Statewide Assessment Program.

Adventures with Books

Adventures with Books is an enrichment program geared towards homeschooled children (grades K-8) run by local moms. Sessions will meet on Zoom at 11am and be recorded for those who cannot attend live. For more information and to sign up, CLICK THIS TEXT.