New Student Enrollment
Enrollment is open year-round to Florida students in grades K–12 from age 5 through age 19. Students age 20 may continue their enrollment status to complete their coursework. Students must complete all coursework prior to their 21st birthday. Students enrolling into our diploma program must be able to meet our diploma program eligibility requirements.
Steps to Enroll
1 Choose a program option.
2 Send us the required documentation and payment.
3 Watch your inbox for our enrollment confirmation email.
We will attach an attendance recording form to your confirmation email. Please see our Notification FAQs for who you may need to notify of your child's enrollment at Aspiring Heights Academy.
- Do I have to notify anyone that I am enrolling my child in your school?
If your child is not enrolled in any Florida home education program, public school, or private school, then you do not need to notify anyone of your educational choice to enroll your child in our school. There is no statute requiring parents to inform the district of their child who may attend a private school.
Students enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy are private school students–not homeschool students as defined in s. 1002.41. You do not need to send a notice of intent to establish a home education program to your district school superintendent if you enroll your child in our school.
- Who do I notify if my children are enrolled in a public school?
If your children are currently enrolled in a public school, then you will need to formally withdraw them. Your district school will ask where your children are going so that they can assign the appropriate withdrawal code. Specify that your children are (or will be) enrolled in a private school, not a home education program. If you would like us to verify your children's enrollment at AHA with their former school, include a notification form with your enrollment documents.
Some schools prefer that parents withdraw their children before enrolling them into another school, some schools prefer that parents withdraw their children after enrolling them into another school, and some schools don't have a preference. In any case, be sure to formally withdraw your child in a timely manner to avoid any potential truancy issues. (See Florida Statute 1003.26)
- Who do I notify if my child is enrolled in a private school?
If your child is currently enrolled in another private school, you will need to formally withdraw your child from the other school. Your school may have a particular policy regarding this, but you should only need to provide them with something in writing stating that you are withdrawing your child. If you would like us to notify your child's previous school of their enrollment at AHA, include a notification form with your enrollment documents.
- Who do I notify if my child is registered as a homeschooler with our district school?
If you sent your district school superintendent a notice of intent to establish a home education program, then you must send them a termination notice, along with your child's annual evaluation, within 30 days of your child's enrollment at Aspiring Heights Academy. Your district school may have a form you can download, or you can download a termination notice here. (The requirement to include your child's annual evaluation with your termination notice was added to s. 1002.41(1)(c) in 2018.)
|Program REQUIREMENTS AND Features||Standard Program||Academic Program (AP)||High School Diploma Program (DP)|
1Final course grades issued on FLVS official grade reports are recorded in the student's transcript.
2Students who have met the credit requirements for high school graduation but have not achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may receive a high school Certificate of Completion.
|Document Coursework (AP) (DP)|
|Record Keeping Services|
|School Email and Office 365 Education Accounts|
|Educator and Student Identification Cards|
|FLVS Enrollment Option|
|Dual Enrollment Opportunities (Grades 6–12)|
|Certificate of Completion||2|
|High School Diploma|
|Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Eligibility|
- Do high school students have to be enrolled in your diploma program?
No. Our High School Diploma Program is optional.
- Can my child be enrolled in the diploma program at any time?
Yes, but students must complete a minimum of one full semester with us and must be enrolled prior to age 20. If you're unsure of your child's high school plans, you're welcome to wait. We recommend you follow our graduation requirements in the meantime. Student must meet our eligibility requirements to be accepted into the program.
- Do high school students have to take statewide assessments?
No. Our students are not required to take Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) or Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) assessments, including End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. Students may want to take EOC assessments to earn credit for a course without having to take the course or if they may enter or return to public school.
- Will you need my child's high school transcripts?
We will only need transcripts if your child is enrolled in our academic or diploma program.
- Will my child receive a diploma?
- Will my child be able to participate in a dual enrollment program?
If your child is in grades 6–12, is enrolled in our Academic Program or High School Diploma Program, and meets the eligibility requirements for initial enrollment in college credit dual enrollment courses, they may be able to participate in Florida's dual enrollment program.
- Do you provide transcripts?
We maintain and provide transcripts for students enrolled in our academic and diploma programs. Students taking courses at FLVS are able to access their transcripts directly from FLVS.
- Can we use our own curriculum?
We do not require any specific high school curriculum. If your high school student is enrolled in our diploma program, however, coursework must be documented in accordance with our diploma program policies.
- Will my child be accepted into college?
No school can guarantee college acceptance. Many postsecondary institutions require applicants who complete a home education program or graduate from a non-accredited high school to submit portfolios and transcripts from their originating sources to be considered for admission. Additionally, the acceptance of diplomas and transcripts from private schools (whether accredited or not) is subject to the requirements of the receiving institution. If you will be enrolling your high school student into our diploma program, we encourage you to reach out to colleges your student is considering attending to ensure they will be accepted for admission. See our High School Diploma Program page for more information.
If you will not be enrolling your high school student into our diploma program, keep in mind that students enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy are private school students, not home educated as defined in s. 1002.41. Some colleges require students applying as home educated to provide district verification that they completed a home education program. Some colleges accept students who complete high school under an umbrella school without earning a high school diploma as home educated; some require the student to present a GED. We encourage you to reach out to prospective colleges to find out what their admission requirements are.
- Will my child be eligible for a Bright Futures Scholarship?
Provided specific scholarship eligibility requirements are met, students graduating with an Aspiring Heights Academy diploma are eligible for Bright Futures Scholarships.
|Document||Notes||Standard or Academic Program||High School Diploma Program|
If you would like us to notify your child's former school of your child's enrollment at AHA and request their records, include an Enrollment Notification and Records Request form with your enrollment documents.
|You may use our online form or download our editable PDF form. Some PDF editors do not save changes, so if you use our PDF form, please be sure to check your content before sending it to us. Please provide an email address you check regularly, as this will be our primary mode of communication.|
|We only need a photocopy of your child's birth certificate. See our Documentation FAQs for acceptable alternatives.|
School Entry Health Examination
|While a specific form is not required, the Florida Department of Health and most Florida private healthcare providers issue Form DH 3040, School Entry Health Exam. If you recently moved from another state, your child's examination form may be different, but it will be accepted as long as it was completed by a health care provider licensed to perform physical examinations in the state in which it was performed. School-entry health examinations must be performed within one year before enrollment in school. You may have 30 days from your child's enrollment date to present a certification of a school entry health examination if needed. A child shall be exempted from this requirement upon written request stating objections to the examination on religious grounds.|
Proof of Scoliosis Screening
|Parents are responsible for assuring that their 6th grade students are screened for scoliosis pursuant to 1003.22 F.S. and F.A.C. 64F-6.003. Scoliosis screenings are typically done during annual physicals, so additional documentation will not be needed if the School Entry Health Exam form you present shows that your child has been screened for 6th grade. You may have time to schedule this if needed. Your child shall be exempted from scoliosis screening upon written request for exemption.|
Certification of Immunization
|Florida Statute 1003.22 requires that each child has a certification of immunization on file with the immunization registry. If your child has been excluded from participation in the immunization registry pursuant to 381.003(1)(e)2 F.S., you must provide us with your child's immunization certificate. If you recently moved to Florida from another state, you must have your child's vaccination history transferred to the Florida form. No other immunization records can be accepted. Your child shall be exempted from this requirement upon objection in writing that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with your religious tenets or practices. Please read our article on vaccines and immunizations for more information.|
Proof of Residency
|If your child will be taking courses with FLVS or will be participating in college dual enrollment, you must provide us with proof of residency.|
|If you are enrolling your child into our Diploma Program, include middle school, high school, and college transcripts documenting high school credits. You do not need to provide us with FLVS Flex transcripts.|
- What information do you need for enrollment at your school?
We need the following:
- A photocopy of your child's birth certificate;
- A school-entry health exam dated within one year before enrollment in school;
- A Florida immunization certificate if it is not on file with the Immunization Registry;
- Proof of residency if your child will be enrolling in courses at FLVS; and
- An enrollment form.
Please read through these FAQs and our New Student Enrollment page for more information.
- I do not have a copy of my child's birth certificate. Will you accept something else?
If you do not have your child's birth certificate, we will accept one of the following:
- 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;
- An insurance policy on your child’s life that has been in force for at least 2 years;
- A bona fide contemporary religious record of your child’s birth accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by you; or
- 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.
We can request a copy of your child's birth certificate from your child's former school with your signed authorization. You must provide your child's birth certificate for Kindergarten entrance.
- Our children recently had physicals, but we do not have their forms. Do they have to be re-examined?
You should be able to obtain copies from your children's physician. We can also request copies from their former school with your signed authorization. If we do not receive copies from their former school within 15 days, then it will be your responsibility to present them to us. You must present certification of recent school-entry health examinations within 30 days of their enrollment to be in compliance with Florida law. We can accept Form DH 3040, School Entry Health Exam or a signed statement by an authorized professional that indicates the results of the components included in the health examination.
- Our child's last physical examination was over a year ago, but we have an appointment scheduled. Will you accept our child for enrollment?
Yes, but please note that you must present certification of a school-entry health exam within 30 days of enrollment to be in compliance with Florida law. We can accept Form DH 3040, School Entry Health Exam or a signed statement by an authorized professional that indicates the results of the components included in the health examination.
- How do we document that our child was screened for scoliosis?
If your child recently had a school entry health examination, the results would be included on your child's Certificate of School Entry Health Examination (postural assessment) form. If your child is screened separately, then the results will be documented on some other health record. We will accept any health record provided the screening was performed for 6th grade entrance or while enrolled in 6th grade and the document shows your child's name and the date of examination. Scoliosis screenings are only required for students in 6th grade.
- How do we document our child's immunizations?
Florida Statute 1003.22 requires that each child has a certification of immunization on file with the immunization registry. If your child has been excluded from participation in the immunization registry, you must present your child's immunization certificate. Florida physicians and county health departments issue Form DH 680, Certification of Immunization. No other immunization records can be accepted.
If your child is entering 7th grade, and your child has been excluded from the immunization registry, we will need an updated Form DH Form 680 indicating that immunizations are complete for 7th grade entry.
If the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with your religious tenets or practices, you may request religious exemption (DH Form 681 or objection in writing). County health departments issue Form DH 681, Religious Exemption From Immunization.
Please read our article on vaccines and immunizations for more information.
- My child's immunizations were administered in another state. Can I send what I have?
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. This form is completed by Florida county health departments and private healthcare providers. Please read our article on vaccines and immunizations for more information about Florida's immunization requirements.
- We don't have the required health records. Can we just state that we do not want our children to be examined or immunized?
Florida law only allows a parent to object to health examinations and immunizations on religious grounds. We have sample religious exemption letters here.
- 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.
- What documents do you accept for proof of residency?
We accept copies of the following documents for proof of residency. We will need one document from Group A and one document from Group B. Your documents must be current, be in the name of the registering parent or guardian, and include your residential address. The address must be a residential address and NOT a post office box, third party mailbox, or commercial address. The name and the address on both of your documents must match. You are welcome to block out sensitive information such as account numbers and account balances, but your documents must show the name and address of the issuer, the date the document was issued, and your name and residential address. To protect your identity, we recommend you mail your documents.
Group A Group B For extenuating circumstances, please contact us.
- Utility bill (gas, water, sewage, electric, phone, cable/internet) dated within the last 60 days
- Property appraiser tax statement for the most recent year
- Mortgage statement dated within the last 60 days
- Homeowner's insurance statement dated within the last year
- Lease/rental agreement with signatures, name of lessee, and contact information
- Florida driver license
- Florida state issued identification card
- Automobile insurance statement dated within the last 6 months
- Florida vehicle registration
Families Living with Other Families
If your family resides with another person or family, we will need the following:
- A signed Residency Affidavit and
- One document from Group A from the homeowner or lessor and
- One document from Group B from the parent or guardian.
If your family is living outside of Florida due to military service, we will need the following:
- Military Orders and
- DD Form 2058, State of Legal Residence Certificate or DFAS Form 702, Defense Finance and Accounting Service Leave and Earnings Statement
- Do you need my child's previous school's records?
Not necessarily. We will need proof of Kindergarten completion if your child will be taking courses at FLVS and is entering first grade. We will need school records if you want your child's grades transferred to our school under our academic program. We will need high school transcripts if your child is enrolling in our diploma program. If you would like us to request your child's records from their former school, please include an Enrollment Notification and Records Request form with your enrollment documents.
- How do we submit our documents?
Documents may be mailed, emailed, or attached to one of our submission forms.
- 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 archived in locked, fire-proof file cabinets, and documents containing obsolete personal information are shredded and destroyed. 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 students' records unless required by law without explicit parental/guardian or student consent.
You must notify us in writing if you wish to have your child's records sent to another person or entity. Note that we will provide you with access to your child's records after your child turns 18 years of age as long as your child is enrolled at our school. A student age 18 and older may formally request to restrict your access.
Sending Your Documents
Enrollments are processed Monday through Friday within three business days of receipt of the required documentation and payment. Expedited services (same day and Saturday enrollments) are available for an additional fee.
Enrollment Fees and Payment Options
Enrollment fees are payable at the time of enrollment and are non-refundable. Diploma Program enrollment fees are determined by academic history or current grade level as determined by the student's former school. Enrollment fees for new students are as follows:
|Standard Program||Grades K–12||NA||$45|
|Academic Program||Grades K–8||NA||$90|
|High School Diploma Program||First-Year (Typically Grade 9)||0-5 Credits||$120|
|High School Diploma Program||Second-Year (Typically Grade 10)||6-11 Credits||$195|
|High School Diploma Program||Third-Year (Typically Grade 11)||12-17 Credits||$270|
|High School Diploma Program||Fourth-Year (Typically Grade 12)||18 or More Credits||$345|
- Cash (in person);
- Checks and money orders payable to Aspiring Heights Academy; and
- Credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal balance payments. (We use PayPal to process these transactions. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this service.)
Payment may be mailed or sent via PayPal using the Pay Now button below or as provided after online form submission. If you are enrolling more than one student under the same program and are paying by PayPal, please pay the enrollment fees in a single payment. You can change the quantity after you are directed to PayPal's payment page. Expedited service fees must be paid separately from enrollment fees if you are paying with PayPal.