Transitioning to public school

Just a note to remind parents that when you enroll your child with Florida Unschoolers you are enrolling her in a private school.  And it is about as non-traditional a private school as you can get. You submit enrollment paperwork and attendance and are then free to homeschool or home educate or unschool your child as you like.


Please keep this in mind if you decide to or need to withdraw your child from Florida Unschoolers and enroll her in a more traditional private school or a public school.


If you plan to make this sort of transition, prepare. Find out what the new school will want to see in a portfolio or in the way of assessments.


If you are being forced to enroll your child in another school by life circumstances, try to prepare. Try to gather information that will help the new school give your child the placement that is best for her.


You are free to homeschool or unschool as a Florida Unschooler without keeping a portfolio or testing or following a standardized curriculum. But if you are transitioning to a more traditional setting, your non-traditional approach may mean your child does not get the placement you think she should have. And that is entirely up to the receiving school.


I am happy to confirm enrollment and that attendance was submitted.


When you enroll your child in a more traditional school, explain to them that she has been enrolled in a private school that is an umbrella school for home educators. That you, the parent, have all of the information that is available to make an appropriate placement.


Usually the receiving school will make the placement based on age and make adjustments after that. Sometimes, especially if you don’t have the information the receiving school wants to make the placement you want, your child will not be placed where you prefer. Work with the new school to help them know what is going on with your child; especially provide as much information as possible if you are seeking a placement other than a standard age-based one.


This won’t apply to most of you, of course. But please tuck it away in your memory if it looks like a change from Florida Unschoolers is looming. Plan ahead. And if something comes up that forces you to suddenly put your child in public school, I would imagine you have bigger fish to fry than fighting over a grade placement. Don’t add stress to an already difficult situation.