Home Education, Overview

  • Homeschool logoWelcome to the Monroe County School District Home Education Program Office’s website. The site contains information and resources to assist you as you home educate your child(ren). The purpose of the Home Education Program is to permit parents to comply with the compulsory school attendance law while teaching their child(ren) at home. For the purpose of this document, “parent” refers to the parent or guardian.

    To establish a Home Education Program, a parent must provide written notice to the district school superintendent of his/her intent to establish and maintain a home education program. The home education program applies only to students ages six (6) through sixteen (16).

    Florida Law Regarding Home Education

    Click here for the Florida Department of Education's list of Florida Statutes regarding Home Education 

    Essential Documents

    • Notice of Intent to Establish a Home Education Program  
    • Notice of Termination of Home Education Program 
    • Annual Evaluation 

    The parent who assumes responsibility for educating a child at home also assumes the responsibility for providing curriculum, educational materials, and evaluations necessary to determine student progress. Monroe County School District does not supply textbooks, curriculum guides, or educational standards for home-educated students.

    Please contact the Home Education office directly by email: Ayesha.Osborne@Keysschools.com  or phone at the numbers listed on this page for further assistance Ayesha Osborne, Home School Liaison (305) 293-1400 Ext 54443

    Parent Responsibilities in Establishing a Home Education Program

    School attendance is the responsibility of the parents. Since there is a strong relationship between attendance and academic performance, it is important that parents take an active role in working with the school to ensure their child’s attendance on a daily basis. Schools provide information regarding attendance policies and procedures at the beginning of the school year. Parents must contact the school each time a student is absent. However, methods of notification vary among schools. Absences are classified as excused and unexcused. Local school board policy lists the reasons for which an absence may be excused.

    Extra Curricular Activities

    Home education students may participate in interscholastic extracurricular student activities in accordance with the provisions of F.S. 1006.15. Contact the school whose area you reside in for information about how to participate.

    Important Notes:

    Students registering as Home School, Private School, Charter School, or earning a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma and not enrolled in a Monroe County School District Public High School or the MCSD Performance Based Exit Option Program at a public MCSD High School may NOT participate in any graduation ceremonies or other senior activities at those zoned high schools.

    Also, there is no diploma issued by the public school system in Florida for the completion of a home education program. A signed affidavit of completion (notarized letter) submitted by the student’s parent attesting that the student has completed a home education program is the legal document of completion. This document of completion is equivalent to a high school diploma and is regularly accepted by state colleges and universities as proof of high school completion. It can be included on a student’s academic transcript or parent-issued diploma.

    While not required, some students elect to culminate their home education program by taking the General Educational Development (GED) test. A student is issued a diploma from the Department of Education upon passage of the GED. The toll-free number for information pertaining to the GED is 1-800-237-5113.