Frequently Asked Questions
Am I still homeschooling?
Students of Schola Classical Academy are no longer being home educated under a home education program as defined by Florida Statute 1002.41, but are legally enrolled students in a non-public school as defined by Florida Statute 1003.23 (2), however, Schola Classical Academy respects parents' choices in crafting a curriculum individually suited to the student.
Private school students are exempt from registering with the local county board of education.
Can we participate in public school extracurricular activities?
Possibly. Though public school extracurricular activities such as sport and band are officially only available to students in a home education program meeting the requirements of Florida Statute 1002.41, and Schola Classical Academy students are private school students, participation ultimately depends on the discretion of each individual public school principal.
What about testing?
Schola Classical Academy does not require testing of students but can offer suggestions should you wish to pursue testing for your own information. Private schools are not required to participate in FCAT testing.
What if we don't live in Florida?
Please be aware that enrollment in Schola Classical Academy complies with the laws of the State of Florida for in-state students. It is the responsibility of parents of out-of-state home education students to ensure compliance with their own state's laws.
Is my student eligible for the Florida Bright Futures scholarship?
Schola Classical Academy is a recognized private school under the Florida Department of Education's Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice and as such students are eligible for the Bright Futures scholarship as long as they meet the other requirements of the program.
Besides attendance, am I required to keep any other records?
No, although it is recommended you keep a portfolio of your student's work, any awards or certificates earned, and copies of all documents forwarded to us for your own reference.
What if we start in the middle of the school year and don't complete 180 days of education by the end of the fourth quarter?
While Schola Classical Academy utilizes a quarterly attendance reporting schedule that approximates a typical school calendar (AUG-JUN), this is for organizational purposes only. The State of Florida requires 180 days of schooling out of 365. This allows for year-round schooling. For example, if you begin your studies January 4, 2012, you would record attendance from that date on and would have to complete 180 days of schooling by January 3, 2013. While you may not complete 180 days of attendance on our quarterly attendance reporting forms (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4), you would complete it over the course of subsequent reporting periods (Q3, Q4, Q1, Q2), so you may begin your school year at any point in the calendar year.
We are homeschoolers currently registered with our county board of education. Can we enroll?
Yes! But first you must submit a notice of termination to your county homeschool representative officially ending your home education program. This letter should contain the child's name, address, and date of birth. You may mention that the child will be attending a private school but you are not obligated to disclose this information.