Charter Schools and Home Education
Welcome to the Charter Schools and Home Education Department of Pinellas County Schools. This site has been designed to provide valuable resources to parents seeking information about Charter Schools in Pinellas County or information about establishing a Home Education Program in Pinellas County.
Governor DeSantis and the Department of Education extended a directive requiring all school districts in the state of Florida to close for students until the end of the school year. This is a fluid situation and in an effort to keep families and students safe our offices are working remotely. We will continue to do our best to provide guidance and services to all of our home education and charter school families and schools. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to ensure our students stay safe, healthy and continue their learning.
Please note the following updates:
All Home Education Evaluations due on or before May 31, 2020 will have an extension due date of June 30, 2020. This date may change depending on the situation with COVID-19 moving forward. Please make arrangements to provide evaluations to our office by June 30, 2020 until further notice.
At this time, our email is the most effective and efficient means of communication. If you have questions or concerns, please email our office staff at CSHE@pcsb.org. We will respond to your email as quickly as possible.
If you are submitting a NOTICE of INTENT to Register for Home Education, please email the notice to the above email address and provide an email address on the form. We may not have access to the US Postal Service and if an email is provided, we will email your letter of acceptance once the Notice of Intent is processed.
Charter Schools in Florida are fully recognized as public schools and are funded by the Florida Department of Education in the same manner as all other public schools in the state. They operate under a performance contract, or a "charter", between the charter school governing board and the district sponsor. In accordance with Florida statute, the charter school 's governing board is responsible for setting policy, approving the annual budget, and ensuring the school is financially sound and operating within the required fiscal guidelines.
Home Education is a parent directed program. By opening a home education program, the parent agrees to become responsible for the student's education. Section 1002.01, Florida Statutes (F.S), defines home education as the sequentially progressive instruction of a student directed by his or her parent or guardian in order to satisfy Florida's compulsory attendance requirements.
Charter Schools & Home Education
Pinellas County Schools Administration Building
301 Fourth St. SW
Largo, FL 33770
Phone: (727) 588-6209
Fax: (727) 588-5038