Homeschooling in Florida

HomeLife Academy is a FL state recognized "600" school, providing complete legal covering for homeschoolers homeschooling in Florida. Families in Florida may join and benefit from Homelife Academy's record keeping, transcript, diploma, and counseling services. We are happy to serve you and your family.

  • Testing/Evaluations Optional
  • Florida Virtual School Courses Accepted
  • Bright Futures Scholarships Granted
  • Dual Enrollment Available
  • Help with College Placement


homeschooling in florida HLA falls under HSLDA's Option 2. "More than one home school can operate as a private school. A child who “attends” a private, parochial, religious, or denominational school is exempt from compulsory attendance. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1002.01(2). Florida’s intermediate appellate court ruled in State v. Buckner, 472 So. 2d 1228 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1985) that one home school does not qualify as a private school by itself. However, groups of home schools file as private schools under Fla. Stat. Ann. Ch. 623."

Does being a member of a HomeLife Academy take the place of Florida's record keeping and testing requirements for homeschoolers?

YES. It is not necessary for you to register with the Local education agency if you meet the requirements to be an HLA teacher.

Will my student be required to take standardized tests?
Once you withdraw from the state of FL home education program (see below) and are accepted by HomeLife Academy you will be exempt from state requirements for testing. Standardized tests are "Only required for parents complying with the homeschool law in Option one."

In order to earn a diploma from HLA, are Florida students required to take/pass the FCAT?
No. Since HLA is strictly a private school, or "600" school, listed with FL in Leon county, our students earn diplomas by completing our credit requirements.

What does the term "600 school" mean?

Many private schools serving homeschoolers call themselves "600" or "umbrella" schools. The fact is that they are non-public schools just the same as every other non-public school in Florida. The "600" refers to the statute numbers that some school choose to incorporate under. Incorporatation is not required to to be a non-public school.

Will this cost more than the normal fees?
No. The Annual Registration Fees are as follows: $50 for 1st student, $20 for each additional, $100 max. Includes Instant Online Grade Reporting. ($50 extra for seniors is also required.)

If I am registered with FL how do I withdraw and register only with HLA?

When you enroll with HLA, you do NOT need to register with the Home Education program though your county. (Registering with the county as a home education student AND registering with a private school is not statutory. If your county requests it, please follow up with them concerning the law.)

However, if you are currently registered with the state home education program (via your local school board), you must send them a notice of termination. NOTE: This is required of any child registered with the state home education program regardless if you choose to enroll the child in a public school, a private school, or transfer your home education program to another county. Therefore, this is the same process of transferring from the state home education program to any private school.

When you send your letter of withdraw, the only thing required by law is the child's name, address and the parents signature on the letter stating you are "ending your state home education program". You can tell them where you plan to enroll, or if you are moving out of state, but it is not required by law.

How does HLA honor classes from the Florida Virtual School (FLVS)?

When you go to the Florida Virtual School website, you will see a link for Homeschoolers.  This link has directions to follow for those homeschoolers under the Department of Education only.  HomeLife Academy is listed with Florida Virtual School as a private school under "Leon County." Do not select "homeschooler." Instead, just look for "HomeLifeAcademy" when you get to that step. We will receive confirmation of your chosen courses and login as a school to approve them within about 24 hours.

  • Dual Enrollment

    HLA has a number of articulation agreements setup with colleges/univ. accross the state. The list is growing every month. Here are a few we have so far:

  • St. Petersburg College
  • Brevard Community College
  • Daytona State College
  • Valencia Community College

Bright Futures News:

Volunteer hours need to be placed in the Portfolio section, so that HLA will make note and put it in the official transcript. 

Parents should send the volunteer hours on letterhead from the institution they volunteered from (to avoid any future problems) to HLA.  When BFS requests students transcripts for evaluation, the volunteer hours need to be reflected there in the official transcripts, at least on the final transcript requested by BFS in April/May.


Florida Parent Educators Association
Home Education Foundation
LIFE of Florida


FPEA Homeschool Convention

LIFE Fest Conference

South Florida Homeschool Convention

Tampa Bay Homeschool Conference & Expo

Legal Information

Florida Education Code For Homeschooling
Florida Portfolio Review Alert
How to Homeschool
Learning is for Everyone's Homeschooling in Florida FAQ
Starting Point: An Introduction to Homeschooling in Florida
What a Portfolio Review by the County Should Look Like

Support Groups

Southwest Florida Homeschool Support Groups

Southeast Florida Homeschool Support Groups

Panhandle Homeschool Support Groups

North Florida Homeschool Support Groups

Central Florida Homeschool Support Groups