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Withdrawing from school in the middle of the year


In Florida, switching from public education to home education (homeschooling) can happen at any time of year. Parents don't have to wait for a specific time of year to withdraw their students, and they can choose to begin homeschooling whenever is convenient or necessary for them to do so.


We often hear from parents concerned about doing this incorrectly. They may worry about students needing to complete certain classes or receive credits before withdrawing them from school. Some ask if it is important to complete an entire semester or the whole year first, before leaving the school.


In Florida, however, waiting for specific things to occur is not necessary. Home education legally begins with the filing of a Notice of Intent, even in the middle of an academic year. Parents are not required to wait until courses, credits or a semester/year has ended before withdrawing a student and filing the notice of intent.