General Enrollment Questions

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  • Does enrolling in your school satisfy Florida's compulsory attendance requirement?

    Yes. Enrollment at Aspiring Heights Academy legally meets the compulsory attendance laws of Florida. Aspiring Heights Academy is a home-based, non-public school that has been registered with the Florida Department of Education since 2010. We offer a private school "umbrella" option to families who would like their children educated at home. Learn More

  • Does it matter what state we live in to enroll in your school?

    Yes. Our school only serves families residing in Florida.

  • Does it matter what county we live in to enroll in your school?

    No. Our school serves families statewide.

  • What services does your school offer?

    Standard Enrollment includes record keeping services, free Educator and Student identification cards, and optional FLVS enrollment. Our High School Diploma Program also includes transcripts, diplomas, possible dual enrollment, and assistance with Bright Futures scholarship applications. Learn More

  • Is your school accredited?

    No. There is no state law requiring private schools to be accredited.

  • When can I enroll my children in your school?

    Enrollment is open year-round.

  • How long does the enrollment process take?

    Enrollments are processed Monday through Friday within two business days (excluding Saturday) of receipt of the required documentation and payment. We offer expedited services (same day and Saturday enrollments) for an additional fee.

  • How much does it cost?

    We keep our enrollment fees at a minimum as our way of supporting home educators. Our fee for standard enrollment (Grades K–12) is $35 per student. Our fee for our optional High School Diploma Program (Grades 9–12) depends on the student's grade level at time of enrollment. Subsequent enrollments are $25 for students enrolled in our standard program and $75 for students enrolled in our diploma program. Learn More

  • How do we enroll?

    Just send us the required documentation and payment. We will send you a confirmation email notifying you of your child's enrollment.

  • What information do you need?

    We need a photocopy of your child's birth certificate, your child's school entry health exam (dated within one year of enrollment), and your child's immunization certificate. You will also need to complete our enrollment form. You may provide us with a letter of objection in lieu of the school entry health exam and/or immunization certificate. If you are enrolling your child in our High School Diploma Program, we also need copies of your child's high school transcripts (if any) and a course plan for the current/upcoming school year. Learn More

  • I cannot find my child's birth certificate. May I send something else?

    If you do not have your child's birth certificate, we can accept one of the following:

    1. A duly attested transcript of a certificate of baptism showing the date of birth and place of baptism of your child, accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by you;
    2. An insurance policy on your child’s life that has been in force for at least 2 years;
    3. A bona fide contemporary religious record of your child’s birth accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by you; or
    4. A passport or certificate of arrival in the United States showing the age of your child.

    If you do not have any of the above, and your child was born in Florida, you can request your child's birth record from the Florida Department of Health. If your child was born in a different state, you can find out where to write for vital records at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • My child's immunizations were administered in another state. Can I just send their records?

    No. If you recently moved to Florida from another state, you must have your child's vaccination history transferred to Florida's Form DH 680, Certification of Immunization (Sample Form DH 680). This form is completed by County Health Departments and private healthcare providers. Please read our article on vaccines and immunizations for more information about Florida's immunization requirements.

  • If we're educating our children at home, why do you need health records?

    All private schools are required to have this information pursuant to Florida Statute 1003.22.

  • Do you need my child's previous school's records?

    No, unless you are enrolling your child in our diploma program. If your child's previous school wants us to request their records as a way of confirming that your child has been enrolled at our school, then we will a signed Records Request and Authorization form if your child's previous school does not have a release for you to sign.

  • How secure are my children's school records and personal information?

    Very! We take the security of your and your children's personal information seriously. Our students' permanent school records are stored in locked, fire-proof file cabinets, and documents containing obsolete personal information are shredded and disposed of safely. Digital records are kept offline on password protected drives. We do not use outside sources or third party services (e.g.; Google's services or cloud storage) to store personal information, and we do not share our student records--even with other schools-- without explicit parental/guardian consent.

  • Is my child's personal information sent to our school district or to the state?

    No. Florida law requires that we keep our enrollment and attendance register open for inspection by the Sarasota County district school superintendent or designated school representative, but our register has never been inspected. Only numerical student data, such as how many students we have in each grade level, is provided to the Florida Department of Education. You can view Private School Annual Reports at

  • May I register for the upcoming school year early?

    Yes. If you would like to start you school year on a specific date, just include your preferred start date on your enrollment form. This must be a future date. We cannot backdate enrollments. We cannot register a student without the required health records.

  • When will my child's school term begin?

    Your child's term begins on the day your child is enrolled. You will have one year from your child's enrollment date to meet the required attendance.

  • What if I enroll my children mid-year but later decide that I'd prefer a typical public school schedule?

    As long as your children have maintained regular attendance during their current school term with us, you are welcome to re-enroll them to establish a new school term. Just send us your attendance records and re-enrollment forms specifying the future date you would like to begin the next school term.

  • What do I do when my child is ready to change grade levels?

    Students must be re-enrolled with each grade change. To be eligible for re-enrollment, your child must have maintained regular attendance during his or her current term. Learn More

  • Do I have to maintain a school portfolio?

    No. Parents are not required to keep a portfolio. We do recommend you keep a portfolio, though, especially throughout your child's high school years. Some colleges and universities require applicants who complete a home school program or graduate from a non-accredited high school to submit portfolios to be considered for admission.

  • How is my child evaluated?

    That's up to you. We do not provide evaluations nor require that parents have their children evaluated. In lieu of annual evaluations, standardized testing, or portfolio reviews, you are required to keep attendance records.

  • What kinds of records will I have to keep?

    The only record keeping we require is attendance. You must keep records that document your child's absence or attendance for each school day and show regular school attendance of at least 180 days for each school year. Learn More

  • Will my child have to participate in standardized testing?

    No. Students are not required to take Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) Assessments or Florida Standard Assessments (FSA), including End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. Students may participate in EOC assessments, if desired, and there are certain circumstances in which students should participate. Learn More

  • Do you provide curriculum?

    Yes. We provide curriculum to our students through our articulation agreement with Florida Virtual School (FLVS). However, enrolling in FLVS courses is optional. We do not require that you use any specific curriculum or teaching method. We encourage you to use what works best for your child. If you choose not to use FLVS, you are responsible for obtaining your child's curriculum.

  • Will my child be able to participate in public school sports?

    No. Students enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy are not eligible to participate in interscholastic activities.

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