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Home Education



                         (Click picture to download an application.)                        


           Sponsored by the Friends of the Gadsden County Public Library,

                                             Scholarship Committee


     Entries are due by 5:00 p.m., April 18, 2022, and should be mailed, hand-

      delivered, or emailed in PDF format to:
                                      Gadsden County Public Library

                                                          732 South Pat Thomas Parkway

                                                                 Quincy, Florida 32351


                        What is Home Education?                         


Home Education is a parent-directed educational option that satisfies the requirement for regular school attendance. Florida Laws protecting home education became effective in 1985. Parents have the freedom to determine their child's educational path and the plan for reaching their goals. Students have the opportunity to explore and learn at their own pace, in any location or at any time. Home education students are able to enter institutions of higher learning and are eligible to participate in the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. More than 84,000 students in approximately 58,000 families are in Home Education Programs throughout Florida. 

 1002.011002.411003.01(13), and 1003.21(1)





The Gadsden County School District gladly honors school choice from any parent/guardian. For parents who wish to put their children in Home Education shall adhere to the following guidelines. These guidelines are from the Home Education Act of 1985, as provided by Florida Statue. Further questions or concerns can be directed to Carolyn Francis, Eds at 850-627-9651 Ext. 1292, who serves as Home School Coordinator for the District.


These stipulations shall be followed to be in compliance with the law.

Florida Statute 1002.41 specifies the responsibilities of parents who establish a home education program. The responsibilities are as follows:

  • Send a written notice of intent to the school district superintendent. The notice must be filed within 30 days of beginning the home education program and must include the following information:

    • Name of the home education student(s)
    • Birthdate(s)
    • Address
    • Parent's signature
  • Maintain a portfolio of educational records. Preserve each student's portfolio for two years. Statute defines a portfolio as:

    • A log of educational activities which is made contemporaneously with the instruction and which designates by title any reading materials used, and
    • samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks or creative materials used or developed by the student. 


  • Make the portfolio available for inspection by the superintendent upon 15-day written notice (The statute does not require the superintendent to inspect all portfolios).

  • Provide an annual educational evaluation of the student's educational progress to the superintendent. The evaluation must consist of one of the following:

    • A Florida certified teacher chosen by the parent may evaluate the child's progress based on a review of the portfolio and discussion with the student.
    • The student may take any nationally-normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher.
    • The student may take a state student assessment test at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district.
    • The student maybe evaluated by a psychologist holding a valid, active license pursuant to section 490.003 (7) or (8), F.S.
    • The student may be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent.


  • Submit a letter of termination and annual evaluation to the school district superintendent upon completion of the home education program, enrollment in a public or private school or moving from the district.



If you choose to participate in a school district program or service (i.e. Virtual Program), additional information or verification shall be required. The additional  information required are as follows:

  • State issued photo ID
  • Proof of residence
  • Child(ren) birth certificate




                                     Support for Home Education Programs

Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) is an independent organization that exists solely to serve home education families in Florida.

Home Education Foundation (HEF) is a corporation established to raise support and direct the lobbying for home education in Florida.








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