Administrative Details

Administrative Details


In order to provide families with flexibility and independence, St. Francis Classical Academy operates in the state of Florida, not as a private school, but as a homeschool cooperative. Operating in this way allows us more freedom to make scheduling and curriculum choices that are in accord with our aims.

Because we provide instruction and support to like minded homeschool families and do not operate as a private school, parents are responsible for their own homeschool record keeping. 

Thankfully, Florida’s homeschooling requirements are simple, and we’re happy to help you walk through them.

Homeschooling Documentation

Summary:
— Florida homeschooling parents must —
1. Notify their county superintendent with a simple homeschooling notice of intent
2. Maintain records of educational materials: log of activities, worksheets, writings 
3. File a copy of your child’s approved evaluation each year 
4. That’s all there is to it!

Additional Resources:
Full Florida homeschool requirements may be found here.

Florida Department of Education – Homeschool FAQs

Santa Rosa County Superintendent
Dr. Karen Barber
6032 Hwy. 90 Milton, FL 32570

Escambia County Superintendent
Dr. Timothy Smith
75 North Pace Blvd Pensacola, Florida 32505

21-22 Course Schedule

Classes will be held Monday – Thursday from 8am – 3pm

21-22 Days of Note and Holidays

Semester 1:
Aug 9 – Mon – School Begins (Mon after Transfiguration Friday)
Oct 14 – End of Quarter 1
Oct 28 & Nov 1 – All Hallow-tide
Nov 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving
Dec 23 – Jan 9 – Christmas & Epiphany

Semester 2:
March 2 – 3 – Lent
March 10 – End of Quarter 3
April 11 – 24 – Holy Week & Easter Holiday
May 25 – School Ends (Wed before Ascension Thursday)
May 30 – Aug 8 – Summer Break

(Quarters 1 & 2 are 10 weeks long Quarters 3 & 4 are 9 weeks long)

Grading

We recognize the need to provide grades for homeschool students who will be using our courses as part of their prepared transcripts for college admission. While we don’t issue high school diplomas currently, students can take as many courses as they desire with St. Francis Classical Academy in fulfillment of a high school diploma. We do plan to become a diploma-granting school in the future.

Throughout the year, in addition to narrative feedback on assignments, Tutors will provide feedback in keeping with our Latin grading system:

SCL – Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Praise)
MCL – Magna Cum Laude (With Great Praise)
CH – Cum Honore (With Honor)
S – Satis (Sufficient)
NS – Non Satis (Lacking Sufficiency)
CD – Cum Defectu (With Deficiency)

These levels of assessment are not mere grading instruments but ways for both the students and the Tutors to assess students’ facility with the subject matter. When a student needs to complete a transcript for college with either a numeric or letter grade, he will need to notify the Tutor so that we can provide a traditional grade accordingly at the end of the course.

St. Francis Classical Academy provides instruction, but we do not replace parents as the administrators of homeschools. As such, the ultimate authority on a student’s grade is his or her parent. If a parent feels the need to modify the teacher’s assessment in his or her own records, as the administrator, he or she should feel free to do so. However, only students who complete the required work for a given class at a level deemed satisfactory by the instructor will receive a completion certificate from St. Francis Classical Academy.