Programs & Strategies
Programs & Strategies
- Driving Privileges
- Performance-Based Exit Option
- Teenage Parent Programs
- Educational Alternatives Programs
- Disciplinary Programs
The Florida Legislature enacted attendance requirements for minors to maintain their driving privileges. The superintendent of each school district is responsible for enforcing school attendance requirements by reporting to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) all students between the ages of 14-18 who accumulate 15 unexcused absences in any 90 calendar day period, or who drops out of school. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may not issue a driver's license or learner’s driver's license to such students, and shall suspend any previously issued driver's license, pursuant to Section 322.091, Florida Statutes. This program is operated under the Bureau of Family & Community Outreach. For additional information, contact Natasha Lunan by phone at 850-245-0725 or by email at Natasha.Lunan@fldoe.org.
Performance-Based Exit Option
This alternative route to graduation for eligible students who may not graduate with their cohort group because of credit deficiency, low grade point average or being overage for the grade. The program is not an option for early exit; it is designed to help students who fall behind graduate with their kindergarten cohorts and receive a State of Florida High School Performance-Based Diploma.
- Performance-Based Exit Option Administrative Rule
- Form of High Schools Diploma Administrative Rule
- Performance-Based Exit Option Application Instructions (Word)
- Performance-Based Exit Option Application (PDF)
Teenage Parent Programs
Teenage Parent (TAP) Programs are designed for students who are pregnant or parenting. TAP programs offer regular academic classes so students can continue their educational program in addition to providing classes in child growth and development, nutrition, and parenting skills. Auxiliary services, which include health services, social services, childcare, and transportation, designed to meet the special needs of pregnant or parenting students and their children are provided.
Educational Alternatives Programs
Educational Alternatives Programs are designed for students who are unmotivated or unsuccessful in the traditional school setting. Students are identified as potential dropouts based on criteria such as retained in grade, high absenteeism, failing grades, or low scores on statewide assessments.
Disciplinary Programs are designed to provide interventions for students who are disruptive in the regular school environment. These programs provide positive alternatives to out-of-school suspension and expulsion.
The following support programs operate under the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services.
Educational Services in Department of Juvenile Justice Programs
Educational Programs in the Department of Juvenile Justice are designed to meet the educational needs of students who are clients of the Department of Juvenile Justice. These programs are operated under the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. For more information, contact Carla Greene by phone at 850-245-0983 or by email at Carle.Greene@fldoe.org.
Truancy Programs are designed for students who have a pattern of excessive absenteeism or have been identified as habitual truants. These programs are operated under the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. For more information, contact Martha Rodriguez by phone at 850-245-0063 or by e-mail at Martha.Rodriguez@fldoe.org.
- National Dropout Prevention Center’s Model Programs Database
- National Dropout Prevention Center’s 15 Effective Strategies
- Southern Regional Education Board: High Schools That Work
- Southern Regional Education Board: Making Middle Grades Work