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Aspiring Heights Academy (5491)

Aspiring Heights Academy is a Florida, home-based private school that serves students in grades K–12. We offer support and record keeping services to help parents comply with Florida's compulsory school attendance requirements. Students enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy may take online courses at Florida Virtual School, and high school students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and Bright Future Scholarships. Enrollment is open year-round.

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What Is an Umbrella School?

Umbrella schools, as they have been coined, are private schools. In Florida, umbrella schools are established to help parents comply with Florida's compulsory school attendance laws. Most umbrella schools are home-based, and students complete their coursework at home under the supervision of their parents and/or guardians. Students enrolled in umbrella schools are by legal definition private school students not homeschool students. Parents and guardians who enroll their children in umbrella schools provide their children's educational information to their umbrella school (usually in the form of attendance records); parents and guardians who establish a home education program with their district school provide their children's educational information to their district school (usually through annual evaluations). 

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Home School vs. Private (Umbrella) School

This is a simple comparison chart to help you learn some of the differences between establishing a home education program with your district school and enrolling your child at Aspiring Heights Academy. In Florida, students enrolled in home-based private schools, also known as umbrella schools, are by legal definition private schooled students, not home educated students. Visit the Florida Department of Education for more information about Florida private schools and home education.

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Florida's Compulsory Attendance Law

The compulsory school attendance laws apply to all children between the ages of 6 and 16 years. More specifically, Florida Statute 1003.21 states that all children who have attained the age of 6 years or who will have attained the age of 6 years by February 1 of any school year or who are older than 6 years of age but who have not attained the age of 16 years are required to attend school regularly during the entire school term.

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Immunizations and Vaccinations, Meningococcal Disease, and Student Health

All Florida public and private schools serving grades K-12 are required by Florida Statute 1003.22 to establish and enforce as policy that, prior to admittance or attendance, each child present or have on file a certification of immunization. Such certification must be made on forms approved and provided by the Florida Department of Health and become a part of each student's permanent school record. (See www.floridahealth.gov for more information.)

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Helpful High School Resources

There are a variety of things to consider when choosing a graduation program, including its educational benefits, scholarship eligibility, and your child's interests, abilities, and future goals. As a supervisor of your child's education, it's important that you have an understanding of the different academic options and graduation requirements.

Florida public schools have specific high school course credit and assessment requirements, and it's also important that you are aware of the public high school graduation requirements should your child enter or return to a Florida public school. Please visit the Florida Department of Education for information about public high school graduation requirements.

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Dual Enrollment and Early Admission Programs

The Florida dual enrollment program allows high school students to take courses at colleges and universities and earn credit toward high school completion and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. Early admission is a form of dual enrollment that allows high school seniors to enroll in college or career courses at colleges and universities on a full-time basis. Home educated students and public and private school students in grades 6--12 are eligible for dual enrollment. Home educated and public school students may participate at no cost. Private schools must pay their students' tuition.

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