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Support Groups in Florida
Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.

 
Local & State Groups
  Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in Florida.

National Groups
  Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.

Email Groups & Lists
  Connecting via email can be a life-line for anyone who is looking for support, guidance, information, and friendship. Many support groups rely on email lists to facilitate communication and to pass along information and ideas. Browse through these group to find some that might meet your needs.

Forums & Message Boards
  Message boards and forums are like the public squares of homeschooling. Come and find ongoing discussion covering every aspect of homeschooling imaginable.

Social Networking
  Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.

Co-Ops
  A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in Florida.

Cover/Umbrella Schools
  An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.

Resource Centers
  Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.

Public School Programs
  Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.

Private School Homeschool Programs
Support Group Management: Starting & Running a Support Group
  Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.


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FL Scholars Homeschool Group
Mandarin area of Jacksonville, FL
FL SCHOLARS (Students Choosing Homeschool Opportunities for Learning and Resources) Homeschool Group, Inc. is an educational co-op meeting in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, FL on Monday mornings September through April, for a total of 24 classes each year. Classes range from preschool activities on up through high school level computer programming, and everything in between. There is a mix of free classes taught by parents, and pay classes offered through outside instructors. Parental involvement is a requirement of group membership. Additionally, they offer field trips, parties, park days and Mom’s Night Out events. They offer special expertise and a desire to serve gifted children, from those moderately gifted to those profoundly gifted.
Osceola Homeschoolers 4-H Club
Osceola County, Orange County, Florida
This homeschool support group offers meetings that involve crafts, games, and fun as part of the 4-H community.
Sarasota Area Homeschoolers
Sarasota, Florida
Sarasota Area Homeschoolers is an all inclusive group of homeschoolers in the Sarasota, Florida area. They have families from Port Charlotte to Bradenton. The purpose of the group is to grow and learn together regardless of race, religious affiliation, lifestyle or teaching method. They offer co-ops, field trips, parties, support meetings, mom’s night out and much more.
Brevard HEAT (Home Educators Activities Teams)
Brevard County, Florida
Brevard HEAT (Home Educators Activities Teams) is designed to assist homeschool parents in Brevard County who desire their children to participate in extra-curricular activities with quality instruction in a moral environment. They are a member of Florida High School Activities Association and offer various Varsity and Jr. High sports to homeschool students. This allows homeschooled students to compete on a team of their own. They offer programs in cross country, volleyball, gold, basketball, soccer, track and field, and tennis.
Veritas Preporatory Academy
12685 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774
Phone: 727-548-6294

At Veritas Preporatory Academy, the classroom instruction of a teacher and the home mentoring of a parent are combined into a single, unified, college simulated program. Students are taught in the classroom by qualified teachers for two or three days per week while parents remain central in the character formation and education of their child by working with them on the alternating days.


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