Frequently asked questions

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Are you a school?     

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No, we are a learning community for homeschooled students.

That means we are not tied to state mandates for standardized testing and do not have to force all students to strive for the same standards of learning. That also means we have freedom to think outside the box when we design learning experiences, plan unique classes, and offer individualized schedules and curriculum combinations.

It is the parent or caregiver’s responsibility to ensure that their student has been properly enrolled and registered as a homeschooled student; and to ensure they remain in compliance with state requirements for homeschoolers. For our full time students we provide portfolio preparation and facilitate the portfolio evaluation and standardized testing processes at the end of the year, and are happy to help all other families understand the process. Please be sure you have reviewed all the information available through your county’s public school district. Information for Broward County Public Schools Home Education office can be found at http://browardstudentservices.com/home-education/
    

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Would my child be considered a homeschool student?

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Yes your child would be considered a homeschool student if they are enrolled at Evolve Learning Community. Please read the preceding question, “Are you a school?” and consult the home education office of your county of residence.

Information for Broward County Public Schools Home Education office and its requirements can be found at http://browardstudentservices.com/home-education/    

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How do I register to become a homeschooler?     

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You must register your child with the home education office of your county’s public school district. For Broward County, that means submitting a letter of intent to homeschool.

Below is a link to a template for that letter provided by Broward County Public Schools. http://browardstudentservices.com/enrollment-home-education/    

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Can I come and visit/tour/have a trial day?    

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Absolutely. The decision to homeschool your child, or select a location for homeschool classes and support is an important one and you are welcome to call and set up a time to tour our facility and set up a trial day. Please contact us at 954-440-2483. Please note that some age groups of our program are currently on a waiting list so it is best to call ahead and book your tour and be placed on the waiting list as soon as possible. Also, we may not be able to accommodate unscheduled tours in order to minimize disruption to the student’s instructional time.    

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What does a typical day look like?    

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Our typical day includes a combination of individual, independent work, and structured group classes. Wellness and Creativity are cornerstones of our program so student schedules include yoga.

Students are expected to follow an agreed upon schedule, and to cover a range of academic subjects based on their interests and needs. Please click the Sample Day tab on our website to see a sample schedule.     

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Where can I get more information about homeschooling?    

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We strongly recommend you start with your county’s public school district home education office. Next, use a simple internet search to get background information. Homeschooling has gained in popularity in recent years and you can find TED talks (like https://ed.ted.com/on/dB69c5ea and https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity ) and websites (like https://www.homeschool.com/Default.asp or www.homeschoolinginflorida.com ) that can shed light on both the statistics and passions behind this growing movement. Last but not least be sure to check out some books on the topic and seek out homeschooling families in your community. Most areas have homeschool groups that communicate via Facebook or Meetup to plan outings together and share resources. Reach out and meet with some families so you can hear firsthand about the joys and challenges of this lifestyle.    
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