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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to teach a certain number of hours per day?

We don't require a certain number of hours per day. This will depend on the grade level, individual needs of the student, and the curriculum used.

Are we required to teach a certain number of days per year?

ACEA believes that parents should have the freedom to determine their own school calendar however, at a minimum, each student must accumulate 180 days of attendance per school year. Florida Statutes require that all students attend school for a minimum of 180 days per year. The ACEA school year begins on August 1st of each year and ends of July 31st of the following year.

What is the difference between enrolling with ACEA and registering with the county as a home education student?

ACEA is a private school. Therefore, students are not bound by Florida homeschooling laws. ACEA provides an "umbrella" to its members in all counties within the state of Florida. While students are taught at home, they are students of ACEA and under such circumstances are not required to register with the county nor meet the requirements of the state of Florida.

Do you sell homeschooling books, curriculum or other course related materials?

ACEA does not currently sell books, curriculum or other course related materials. We believe that parents should be able to customize a program to fit the individual needs of their student. It is our goal to keep homeschooling affordable by allowing the parent(s) to select and purchase their own materials whether they be new or used.

Do you require a statement of faith?

No, ACEA does not require a statement of faith.

What if my child is already registered with the county under the home education program?

If a student enrolls with a private school, the parent or guardian must file a "Notice of Termination" with the superintendent's office within 30 days of said enrollment. The "Notice of Termination" should include the same student information as the "Notice of Intent." In this case, the reason of terminiation is "the student has enrolled with a private school." As with all official correspondence, it is always a good idea to send your notice via certified mail, return receipt requested to guarantee delivery.

Does ACEA offer classes?

ACEA does not offer classes at this time however we look forward to doing so in the future.

Are you an accredited school?

In order to keep our fees low, we have opted not to become accredited at this time. We are currently registered with the Florida Department of Education as a private school.

Does ACEA issue diplomas or transcripts?

Again, in order to keep our fees low, ACEA does not issue diplomas or transcripts at this time. We do however provide record maintenance. ACEA will also provide a "letter of good standing" upon request.

 

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