Myths about Homeschooling with FLVS Flex

Choosing to homeschool your student with FLVS Flex is a big decision. However, knowing the facts can put a family’s mind at ease as they choose a learning environment that is best for their student.

Below are three common myths about home education with FLVS Flex.

Myth 1: Since they don’t get a diploma, homeschoolers can’t go on to college.

When home education students graduate from high school, it is true that they do not earn a traditional public high school diploma and there is no graduation ceremony. However, that does NOT make their graduation less meaningful! Home Education students can graduate with a homeschool affidavit that is signed in front of a notary by their parent per the Florida State Statues of Home Education. Homeschool families may also elect to create their own keepsake certificate or register with an umbrella school that issues diplomas as an independent, overseeing educational institution.

It is possible for home education students to go on to college if they meet the college/university requirements for admission. Almost all colleges/universities will accept the student’s official transcript, tests scores (SAT/ACT/PERT) and homeschool affidavit for admission. (Since FLVS Flex is an accredited Florida public school curriculum provider, the school can provide official transcripts; however, Flex transcripts will only show courses completed in the Flex program).  FLVS Flex boasts homeschool students who have been accepted to Stanford, Purdue, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, University of Georgia, Oklahoma, University of Florida, Florida State University, and so many more! Families are encouraged to check out the admissions websites of the colleges/universities they are interested in to learn more about how home education students are admitted!

Myth 2: Universities don’t want homeschoolers who take online courses.

To the contrary, learning online is a skill. As our education system moves more and more towards online learning, universities want students to know how to be motivated, independent, and organized leaners. In the state of Florida, public school students are required to meet the Digital Learning Act which can be completed by taking at least one online course to graduate.

This requirement ensures students are prepared to continue their education, which will most likely include learning online. Universities across the nation have even encouraged students who need to meet NCAA eligibility to take FLVS Flex core courses as they are widely respected by university admission and NCAA.

Myth 3: Homeschoolers aren’t as well rounded as others.

Having flexibility in online learning affords students to plan their days using all available hours! Many of our FLVS Flex students enjoy volunteering, participating in internships, training for their sport, running their own business, and more, during times when the traditional school day may be happening. In 2014, FLVS surveyed more than 900 of its home education students and 61 percent noted moving to home education/FLVS Flex for flexibility in their education. With this flexibility, students can make themselves even more competitive to colleges/universities by focusing their time on a passion that sets them apart!

If you choose to homeschool your student with FLVS Flex, you can feel confident that your student is receiving a quality, innovative, and accredited education that will make him/her competitive in all future endeavors! To learn more about home education in Florida, check out the Florida Parent Educator Association at www.fpea.com.  To sign up for FLVS Flex, visit www.flvs.net.


Anne FlennerAnne Flenner, School Counselor, has worked to meet the academic, social, personal, and professional needs of FLVS students since 2011. Previously a school counselor in Alachua County, she has received several awards and serves on multiple state counseling boards and committees. She has a Master's degree in Counselor Education from UF. Anne loves working with student athletes, supporting college and career readiness, and focusing on student mental health and wellness.



5 comments on “Myths about Homeschooling with FLVS Flex

  1. Wendy Richardson

    Thank you, Anne, for addressing these three big misconceptions about homeschooling. As a former homeschool mom/teacher (just finished my 17th year last summer), I wanted to add that many area support groups have graduation ceremonies that homeschoolers can participate in. FPEA also has a large graduation ceremony each year during their convention in May. My daughter participated in the Tampa Bay Homeschoolers’ Graduation ceremony and my son opted not to participate in one, so we did a small family ceremony at home. That’s another great thing about homeschooling, students can graduate, or move on, in a way that works best for them.

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  2. Anne FlennerAnne Flenner

    Hi Wendy! Yes, I love this! Thank you for responding and adding this! I love that home ed worked so well for your family!

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  3. Alyssa Sullivan

    Hello, I’m a senior and not too sure I want to go to college or if I do not right out of high school. My question is is the certificate given to a student who has completed their high school credits through flvs equivalent to the traditional high school diploma in terms of employers. Also if anyone knows the specific reason why you can not graduate from flvs flex I would really like to know.

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    1. Anne FlennerAnne Flenner

      Great question, Alyssa! Home school students graduate just as any other student would when they complete their high school credits! They just graduate differently with a home school affidavit. When you think of a diploma, it has a student’s name, a graduate date and a school on it. When Home Education students graduate, they have a home school affidavit with their name, a date and that they were Home Schooled on it. Most employers do accept the home school affidavit. In my 8 years as an FLVS school counselor, I have only had one student come back to me and state that an employer would not accept the home school affidavit. Since they wanted the job very much, the student choose to take the GED to earn a high school diploma after they had completed the coursework needed to gradaute. By taking the GED test, they earned a State of Florida diploma and began working at the job of their dreams! 🙂 Students wanting to earn a traditional public school diploma must CHOOSE ONE of the below to finish senior year with:

      1-Enroll back into a local public school or FLVS Full Time for senior year

      2-Enroll with a local Adult Education program

      2-Enroll with FATDEC (Online Adult Education Program) Senior year: http://www.fatdec.com
      This is an online program that allows adult students (age 18 and above) to earn their needed high school credits on line. Many Florida school districts use them.

      3-Take the GED Exam
      To complete high school, students may opt to take the GED Exam.

      I hope this information is helpful!

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    2. Anne FlennerAnne Flenner

      Hi Alyssa! I hope all is well! Great question! When homeschool students graduate, they have a home school affidavit signed in front of a notary by their parent/guardian stating that they have graduated. When students apply to a job, they will provide this to the employer! Just as a traditional diploma has a student’s name, a graduate date and a school on it, so does the home school affidavit. It is just a different way of graduating!

      In my 8 years working with Home Education students, only 1 time did a student come back to me and state that an employer would not accept the home school affidavit. The student really wanted the position so she choose to take the GED to earn a State of Florida diploma so that she could start the job of her dreams!

      Students wishing to earn a traditional high school diploma must choose ONE of the below to finish senior year with:

      1-Enroll back into a local public school or FLVS Full Time for senior year

      2-Enroll with a local Adult Education program

      3-Enroll with FATDEC (Online Adult Education Program) Senior year: http://www.fatdec.com
      This is an online program that allows adult students (age 18 and above) to earn their needed high school credits on line. Many Florida school districts use them.

      4-Take the GED Exam
      To complete high school, students may opt to take the GED Exam.

      I hope this helps! Thanks!
      Anne

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