Florida Homeschooling Information

Homeschooling in Florida

Are you considering homeschooling your child? You can do it! As you get started, it’s important to make sure you comply with the education laws where you live. HSDLA helps you understand how to homeschool legally in Florida—step by step.

 

If you live in Florida and would like to register with MATI Homeschool, it is not necessary for you to register your K-12 grade students with the local school board or county. Students enrolled in our school have the legal status of private school students, not home education students. This is a legal distinction and not a practical one.

In practice, families who enroll with Mati Homeschool are homeschooling their children. However, they do not have to submit a Notice of Intent to the Superintendent, undergo an annual evaluation nor comply with any other part of the home education statutes. Instead, families enrolling in Mati Homeschool report attendance to us and, in turn, we comply with state statutes governing private schools.

 

Legal Options

Florida statutes provide three options for families who wish to educate their children at home. Each will meet the state’s compulsory attendance laws. Families may:

Enroll in a non-campus-based private school, that is, a private school that facilitates home education, and follow the procedures set by the school. Mati Talent Institute Private School (Mati Homeschool) fits into this category. Mati Talent Institute Private School, is a registered private school with the Florida Department of Education. Enroll Now

Establish a home education program as defined in the statutes by sending a Notice of Intent to the local school superintendent, maintaining a log of activities and samples of work, and filing an annual evaluation using one of five evaluation choices (ss. 1002.41)  If you choose this option,Mati Talent Institute offers you access to your high academic curriculum through tuition After School Istation, After School Math After School Our World.

 

Establish a private tutoring program (ss. 1002.43).
Any of the above choices will provide compliance with Florida’s compulsory attendance laws.

 

 

MATI TALENT INSTITUTE PRIVATE SCHOOL is a Registered Private School in the Division of Corporations and the Department of Education in the State of Florida, and complies with the following State Statutes of Private Schools 1002.42 (2) (b), 1012.32, 1002.01,1003.23 (2), 1003.22 (1) (2) , 1003.01 (13), 1003.21 (1).

Enrollment in MATI TALENT INSTITUTE PRIVATE SCHOOL legally complies with Florida compulsory attendance laws.

Florida Department of Education School ID #5743 FLDOE

Florida Limited Liability Corporation #L19000127921

Florida Name Registration #G19000115760

I.R.S. E.I.N. #30-1199293

Our office is located in Broward County, in the US State of Florida.

Our address is:

MATI TALENT INSTITUTE PRIVATE SCHOOL
221 West Hallandale Beach Blvd. # 312
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Phones:
Toll-free: 1-855-260-3557
Mexico: 800-505-0508
Canada: 833-268-1435
Colombia: 018009520875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida compulsory school attendance age

Children must attend school or comply with the homeschool laws starting in the school year that they turn 6 on or before February 1. They must remain in school until they turn 16 or until they graduate from high school.

 

Empowering Parents and Children

How to Start Homeschooling in Florida

 

 

According to Florida homeschooling authorities, families who establish a home education program should:

  1. File a notice of intent with the local superintendent’s office.

  2. Choose the curriculum. (In Floridahomeschool curriculum choice is up to the parent.)

  3. Maintain a portfolio of educational records and preserve them for two years.

  4. Provide annual student evaluations to the superintendent.

  5. File letter of termination and annual evaluation upon completion of homeschool program.

  6. Start enjoying homeschooling together!

 

What are Umbrella Schools?

An umbrella school is a non-traditional private school that supervises the enrollment, attendance, and other aspects of a family’s home education. Umbrella schools also validate the student’s diploma. An important distinction to make is that those who are registered with umbrella schools are technically not “homeschoolers.” By law, they are private school students, but their education usually takes place within the home.

 

 

K-12 Distance Learning, Bilingual and International

Kindergarten. Elementary School. Middle School. High School

We are a Private and Registered School in Florida for the support of K-12 distance learning, bilingual and international.

We are listed on the Florida Department of Education website in the Directory of Private Schools, as required of all private schools in Florida.

We are located in Broward County school district, but we provide an «Umbrella» within the State of Florida to our enrollees from the 67 different counties in Florida, states in the U.S. and around the world!

A private school for Florida homeschooling families 

Provides you with the academic, administrative and legal covering, giving peace of mind while you educate your child in that wholesome and loving environment where learning is a natural part of everyday life, your home.

 

 

FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL

Homeschooling in Florida with FLVS

FLVS is a public school choice providing elementary, middle, and high school curriculum to Florida residents for FREE. All of our courses are fully online. FLVS, the district and its schools are accredited by AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). SACS CASI is an accrediting division of AdvancED.

We have an affiliation agreement with Florida Virtual School. This means that middle and high school students (6th – 12th grades) enrolled in MATI, may register and participate in the Florida Virtual School Flex Program free of charge.

Elementary aged students in grades K-5, may also participate in the Florida Virtual School Flex Program free of charge. Please be aware that there are some differences in the requirements for the elementary program. Please visit https://flvs.net/elementary for more information.
For middle and high school students residing out of State/Country, FLVS has an option for you as well. The FLVS Global is available to you, however, there is a fee. Please visit https://flvs.net/global-school for more information.

Please keep in mind that FLVS is an option and in no way required.

 

 

Many Florida homeschooling families prefer to enroll in a non-traditional private school. The benefits of homeschooling through a private school include:

*Autonomy
*Oversight by a private entity (often a homeschooling family)
*No involvement with the school district
*Freedom of materials and curriculums

Students who are homeschooled through a private school are not counted as “homeschoolers” by the state of Florida. Because Florida makes no distinction among types of private schools, children homeschooled in this fashion are legally considered to be private school students.

 

Legally, children who are being homeschooled through a private school are considered to be private school students, NOT homeschoolers. While this distinction has no bearing on how you teach your child, it does have an impact on the laws that govern your program as well as the opportunities available to you.

This chart shows some of the legal differences between homeschooling through a private school and homeschooling by registering with the school district.

 

 

Enrolling with a Private School Vs. Home Ed. Statutes

 

Feature/Requirement

Private School

Home Education Statutes

Register with Superintendent

No

Yes

Submit a Letter of Intent

No

Yes

File Annual Evaluation with School District

No

Yes

Possible “audit” of records by School District

No

Yes

“Attendance” Requirements

Yes

No

Eligible for Bright Futures Scholarship

Yes

Yes

Participate in Inter-Scholastic Extracurricular Student Activities

Maybe

Yes

Take Classes with Florida Virtual School Flex

Yes

Yes

When looking at this chart, bear in mind that it reflects legal requirements only. Private schools also tend to offer services to their students such as:

  • Curriculum

  • Report Cards / Transcripts

  • Guidance Counseling

  • Credit Verification

  • Diplomas

 

 

ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

 

What are ISTATION® and MATH WHIZZ®?

These are the programs that we use in MATI with homeschool families as an after school program or to certify with INEA for the subjects of READING, GRAMMAR, WRITING, READING COMPREHENSION, FLUIDITY, SPELLING, VOCABULARY and MATH from KINDER TO GRADE 12th.

Both are awarded International Platforms, used in schools in the United States, Finland, Dubai, England, Canada, and many other countries, chosen for their wonderful program that starts from the child’s current knowledge and progresses according to their rhythm, always in an interactive and lively manner.

In Mexico, MATH WHIZZ® is used in the Mexican Ministry of Public Education school for gifted children of Jalisco and in our own experience we share that it is a wonderful tool that our children love and enjoy.

The US Department of Education determined ISTATION® as an accepted alternative assessment to determine grade promotion. The Department of Education requires that providers meet the following guidelines to be approved as alternative assessments, and ISTATION complied with all of them:

Why are the programs offered by MATI called «Adaptive Curriculum»?

Once a student demonstrates competence with a skill, the teaching material for both tutors automatically upgrades and leads to new skills for mastery of the subject.

What characteristics does the MATI curriculum have?

It was developed by a passionate team of educators, innovators and researchers who support advanced students and those who seek academic excellence. They recognized the need for an online community where students are gifted and talented and their families can learn, obtain resources, and face the challenges of the real world and maximize their potential.

Here are some highlights of our service:

  • Internationally awarded tutors. Whether working with counseling or independently, students benefit from personalized learning technology with unmatched flexibility through our K-12 online courses.

  • Tablet functionality. Use tablets to seamlessly integrate your child’s learning into your lifestyle for ISTATION® and MATH WHIZZ® with which we cover the subjects of Spelling, Reading, Grammar, Writing and Mathematics in English and Spanish.

  • Challenge Zone. Fun academic games and interesting problems will keep your child involved and learning. They can also create Challenges in Math Whizz® and compete solving exercises online with students from other countries.

  • Parent and family profiles. Parents / guardians through their account can access their child’s progress reports and other resources.

What is the recommended time that a student should invest in each course?

To help students reach their full potential, we recommend that students enrolled in Kinder spend between 20 to 30 minutes 3 times a week, Elementary and older students can spend between 30 to 40 minutes 3 times a week, however at MATI Homeschool, we decided to leave unlimited access so that  you can decide how fast you want to go.

What is AFTER SCHOOL?

Afterschool is the enrollment in which you can join MATI to access our programs. In case your kids are studying a different curriculum or belong to another school, gifted or not. In this link you will find more information about the registration for the AFTER SCHOOL program we offer for Math Whizz.

OUR PROGRAMS

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