Enrollment & Participation in a Home School Program K-12
- Parent obtains forms/information packet regarding Home Education from the Office of School Choice, Home School 30 E. Texar Drive.
- Parent completes “Intent to Establish a Home Education Program” form if he/she plans to enroll their child in Home Education and return it to the Office of School Choice, Home School, 30 East Texar Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32503.
- Parent notifies school of intent to home school.
- File is started on student(s) and kept in the Office of School Choice.
- Yearly evaluations/standardized test results are submitted by the parent and placed in the file in order for their child to be promoted or retained. (Requested due date is June 30th)
- A student cannot be promoted more than one grade level each school year or progress to a grade level higher than his/her age per Escambia County Pupil Progression Plan.
Grade Placement & Transfer Credits
Before admitting a middle or an elementary grade child from either a home education program or a private school which is not regionally accredited, the principal shall require evidence of the student’s prior attendance and grade level at such school or program. Home education students enrolling in a district school shall provide evidence through a home education annual evaluation in accordance with Florida School Code that the student has completed the grade from which he/she was withdrawn. (If no annual evaluation is presented, the child shall be permitted to enroll at that grade level or at the grade level attained by the majority of other students during the period since the child exited an accredited private or public school, whichever is less, and be administered a standardized test to determine at which grade level the child is functioning. If the test results indicate the child is functioning at a lower grade than the grade at which the child was enrolled when admitted, the principal shall notify the parent or legal guardian in writing that the child shall be placed in the appropriate grade/program as indicated by the school staff.)
Home education students enrolling in an Escambia County School shall not advance to a grade level higher than the grade level attained by the majority of other students his/her age. The parent or legal guardian of the home education student shall submit an annual evaluation of the home education program each year in which the child is home schooled. No more than one (1) evaluation per grade year may be submitted each year.
Students who have been recommended by a District school principal for retention based on FCAT scores, poor attendance, poor academic performance and/or any other indicator and are then withdrawn to a home education program over the summer and shall not advance to the next grade. No student can be assigned to a grade level based solely on age or other factors that constitute social promotion. [Florida School Code 1008.25(6)(a)]
Grade placement or subject matter credit shall be accepted at face value from other schools as shown by report cards or transcribed records only under the following conditions:
High schools shall accept at face value the credits of students transferring from a Florida public school, from a public school in one of the other forty-nine (49) states, from a regionally accredited non-public school, from a non-public school which is recognized by SACS as meeting standards, from a Department of Defense school, or from a school accredited by a regional accrediting agency under the governance of the National Study of School Evaluation. The regional accrediting agencies under the governance of the National Study of School Evaluation are Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Colleges and Schools.
Additional Credit Information
High schools shall accept credits of students transferring from schools that do not meet the above guidelines subject to the following conditions:
PRIVATE SCHOOL (NOT REGIONALLY ACCREDITED) AND HOME EDUCATION
6A-1.09941 State Uniform Transfer of High School Credits.
The purpose of this rule is to establish uniform procedures relating to the acceptance of transfer work and credit for students entering Florida's public schools. The procedures shall be as follows:
(1) Credits and grades earned and offered for acceptance shall be based on official transcripts and shall be accepted at face value subject to validation, if required by the receiving school's accreditation. If validation of the official transcript is deemed necessary or if the student does not possess an official transcript or is a home education student, credits shall be validated through performance during the first grading period as outlined in subsection (2) of this rule.
(2) Validation of credits shall be based on performance in classes at the receiving school. A student transferring into a school shall be placed at the appropriate
sequential course level and should have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 at the end of the first grading period for the course(s) he/she is requesting credit. Students who do not meet this requirement shall have credits validated using the Alternative Validation Procedure, as outlined in subsection (3) of this rule.
(3) Alternative Validation Procedure. If validation based on performance as described above is not satisfactory, then any one of the following alternatives shall
be used for validation purposes as determined by the teacher, principal, and parent:
(a) portfolio evaluation by the superintendent or designee;
(b) written recommendation by a Florida certified teacher selected by the parent and approved by the principal;
(c) demonstrated performance in courses taken through dual enrollment or at other public or private accredited schools;
(d) demonstrated proficiencies on nationally-normed standardized subject area assessments;
(e) demonstrated proficiencies on the FCAT; or
(f) written review of the criteria utilized for a given subject provided by the former school. Students must be provided at least ninety (90) days from date of transfer to prepare for assessments outlined in paragraphs (3)(d) and (3)(e) of this rule if required.
Specific Authority 1003.25(3) FS. Law Implemented 1003.25(3) Florida School Code. History - New 8-28-2000. Formerly 6-1.099, Amended 9-22-2003.
(1) High school credits from private programs which are not regionally accredited or recognized as meeting standards by SACS shall not be accepted at face value. Transfer of credit shall be accepted subject to a validation process conducted by the Director of Secondary Education and the school principal. (See #3 and #4 on this page for validation process.)
(2) Parent(s) shall provide the superintendent’s home education designee with the portfolio and a request for high school credit form for each course they wish to have evaluated for credit. The portfolio shall consist of a log which is made contemporaneously with the instruction, a list which designates by title any reading material used, and samples of any writing, worksheets, workbooks, and creative materials used or developed by the student.
(3) The alternative education/home education designee shall in consultation with the Director of Secondary Education and District portfolio evaluators review the Florida course description and determine that it matches a course listed in the State Course Code Directory. The portfolio shall be examined to verify that proof of mastery of all state curriculum frameworks and Sunshine State Standards of the listed course are included therein. If the portfolio meets all state and district guidelines, credit will be awarded.
(4) The evaluation/validation team may recommend the student take the final exam for the course in which he/she is requesting credit if enough evidence is not present in the portfolio to recommend granting credit. The exam shall be administered to the student within ninety days of enrolling in the school. Upon passing the exam, credit for the course will be awarded.
(5) To receive any type of diploma from a district school, home education students shall attend that school for a minimum of one semester, which includes the last semester prior to graduation. Upon enrollment in the district assigned school, the portfolio(s) shall be reviewed and evaluated for credit.
(6) Credits earned in a State of Florida approved Adult General Education Program for purposes of acceleration or remediation shall be applied to requirements for graduation provided that:
(a) any course taken in the co-enrolled program is one that is also offered in the regular nine through twelve high school programs,
(b) the high school principal approves, in advance, courses for which credit is to be transferred,
(c) no more than four credits earned in a co-enrolled program are granted toward the awarding of a standard high school diploma,
(d) the student is at least sixteen (16) years of age. In cases of hardship, the principal, in agreement with the Director of Career and Adult Education, may waive the age requirement.
(e) co-enrolled students must pass 100% of the course competencies at the 75% mastery level.
(7) Credit may be granted through correspondence provided that:
(a) the course is approved in advance by the principal and is administered by a State of Florida accredited school,
(b) a maximum of one credit earned by this method each year (maximum of 4) in grades 9-12 is used to meet graduation requirements.
(c) the student is meeting full-time high school attendance requirements.
(8) A student in a grade below nine who is enrolled at a local high school in a course listed in the nine through twelve section of the Course Code Directory may receive graduation credit or Florida Academic Scholars Award requirement upon successful completion of the course. That student shall be classified as a ninth grader for that portion of the school day for which the student is enrolled in the nine through twelve course. In Escambia County School District this is limited to math courses taken on the high school campus as a result of math progression which cannot be met on the
middle school campus.
(9) Credits transferred from other states shall be evaluated in terms of the requirements of the state where such credit was earned. Graduation requirements shall not be retroactive for students transferring into the state provided the student has met all requirements of the state from which he/she is transferring.
(10) The procedures for placement of exceptional students transferring into the District are prescribed in the Special Programs and Procedures for Exceptional Students and the student’s IEP.
(11) Any student who was previously enrolled in a regular school program and has not attended that program or any other regular program full-time for at least one school term and who seeks admission to a regular district school program may be re-entered or be admitted to an alternative district school program upon the approval of the Director of Secondary Education after consideration of a recommendation from the principals of the district schools involved.
(12) Credits earned through Florida Virtual School (FLVS) shall be accepted at face value. The number of credits that can be earned through FLVS are not limited. If a course is offered on the high school campus and is a part of a student’s schedule, the course will be taken on the high school campus and not through FLVS.(Exceptions can be granted under Accelerated Diploma Options.)
(13) Students who enter a Florida public school at the eleventh or twelfth grade from out-of-state or from a foreign country shall not be required to spend additional time in a Florida public school in order to meet the high school course requirements of the school district, state, or country from which he or she is transferring. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA and pass the Grade 10 FCAT to receive a standard diploma or an alternative assessment as specified in s. 1008.22(9), Florida School Code.
(14) The allocation of remedial and supplemental instruction resources for students shall occur in the following priority:
(a) students who are deficient in reading by the end of grade 3
(b)students who fail to meet performance levels required for promotion consistent with the district school board’s plan for student progression.
(15) Each student who does not meet state or district levels of performance for student progression in reading, writing, science, and mathematics for each grade level must be provided with additional diagnostic assessments to determine the nature of the student’s difficulty and areas of academic need.