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Old 03-06-2013
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Re: Home schooling for Cruisers

Homeschool Update:

Well, we have just hit our first snag in the Florida Virtual Home school. I want to set this out in case any others want to use this program or are following this thread.

The benefit of FVHS is the kids get a diploma and have a set curriculum and teachers. It is basically like being in a brick and mortar school where the parents are the teachers working under specific guidance from a 'head teacher'. However, this also has created a major issue for cruisers: THe FCAT (THe FLorida end of year achievement test which all children enrolled in public schools have to take) is mandatory.

The rules are that the child must go into a brick and mortar school to take their FCAT (2-3 days). THe problem is that the FCAT location is chosen by your listed address. So assuming you stay in one place, no problem. But if you are moving around, you just hit a snag. SO we have to register where the kids will take their FCAT by establishing residency in another location (where we will be in APril) and they have to have that set by the end of March. Be aware, if you use FVHS, you will have the same issue. Proof of residency is a rental agreement, change of address on DL, and/or your name on a utility bill. In general, 30 day rental agreements at a marina do not count.

Other than that, the program has been good, but for those that plan on moving about, be aware of this issue.

Brian
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