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What Age to Enroll?

Today’s installment in questions that should have a simple answer but don’t:


At what age do children have to be enrolled?


Compulsory attendance in FL (which has nothing to do with learning) begins at 6.


Your child must be enrolled somewhere for the school year when he will be 6 by February 1.


Examples: If his birthday is January 12, he must be enrolled for the school year starting before his 6th birthday. If his birthday is May 21, he must be enrolled for the school year starting after his 6th birthday.


You do not have to follow the public school calendar and may start your school year when it fits your approach to home education.


So 6 years old -- that’s the general rule. Look at the date when your child will turn 6 and figure out whether to enroll him for the school year starting before or after that date.


Now the exceptions to that rule. :)


If you plan to enroll your child in public school for 1st grade, he must be enrolled somewhere for K. He could be enrolled with Florida Unschoolers but check with your local public school for their start dates and enrollment requirements.


If you plan to enroll your child with Florida Unschoolers AND are applying for funding through the Gardiner scholarship program for special needs children AND you want to receive early funding (funding to start in July/August) AND your child will be 5 by September 1, then you must enroll your child for K. This does not change the amount of funding your child will receive annually, just the timing. See this page and particularly the Parents Facebook page linked there for more information: Florida Gardiner Scholarhip


Note that none of this has anything to do with the learning going on in your home and is not a suggestion about how or when you should begin any sort of formal homeschooling. It is all about attendance, paperwork and, in the case of the Gardiner, funding.  See my other page about even younger children here -- Not Until They Are 6