Home School Athletic Participation
Foundation Academy recognizes the value and potential of home-schooled athletes and welcomes their participation in the school’s athletics program. Home-schooled athletes must commit to being valuable members of the Foundation Academy community. This includes adhering to the school’s code of conduct, attending team meetings and events, maintaining good academic standing, actively participating in Christian-based activities, and upholding the values and principles of Foundation Academy.
Home-schooled athletes who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for participation in Foundation Academy athletics:
- Comply with the academic requirements set by the homeschooling authorities in the relevant jurisdiction.
- Maintain good academic standing, monitored by the athletic department approximately every four weeks. Failure to provide grade reports will result in suspension from all athletic activities until records are received and reviewed by the athletic department.
- Exhibit a commitment to adhere to the values and principles of Foundation Academy.
As part of the application process, the applicant will meet with an Athletic Administrator and/or Tilden Principal. The purpose of the interview is to assess the applicant’s athletic aspirations, commitment to Christian values, alignment with the school’s mission, and suitability for participation in Foundation Academy athletics.
Upon completion of the interview process and approval from Tilden Student Services, the Athletic Director will notify the applicant regarding their acceptance or denial of participation in Foundation Academy athletics.
Acceptance and Participation
Home-schooled athletes participating in Foundation Academy athletics will be required to pay a participation fee. However, to incentivize greater involvement in the school community, if at least half of the student’s academic classes are taken at Foundation Academy Virtual Learning (FAVL), the participation fee will be waived and the limits on roster will not apply.
All FA student athletes will be assigned to a roster (e.g. Varsity, Junior Varsity, or Middle School). Home-school participation is limited, and the limits are published in the FA Student-Athlete handbook.
The following must be completed and submitted to the athletic office for consideration of a home schooled student to participate in athletics at Foundation Academy. Completion of these forms is not a guarantee of acceptance. The following steps should be completed before participation may be granted:
- Home School Athletic Participation Application Form completed.
- FHSAA EL7 Registration Form for Home Education Student to Participate in Athletics.
- FHSAA EL2, EL3, Waiver, Contract and Code of conduct Forms submitted to the Athletic office.
- Interview with the Athletic Director to determine if it is a good fit for both parties
- Upon approval, the annual home-school participation fee is $350 due as well as the per sport fee.
- Acceptance in the home school athletic program does not guarantee playing time
Home School Athletic Information:
Team selection is solely at the discretion of the coach at the varsity level. Team selection at the Junior Varsity, Middle School and Elementary level is at the discretion of the head coach, however, at least 80% of the team must be comprised of FA Students and no full-time student can be displaced by homeschool athletes. Homeschool students must apply annually to play and meet all criteria established for homeschool students. Once a homeschool student is selected to play on a team, they will remain on that team for the season as long as they comply with school, athletic department and team policies. The Athletic office and the Administration will review any exceptions to these stipulations. Full application is due along with all sports forms (when applying to play a sport) and then upon approval homeschool fee and athletic fee a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of athletic practice. Students will not be able to begin athletic practice until required paperwork and fees are received. .No limit for the number of sports. Off-season conditioning is expected for all athletes.
FA has membership in the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) and competes for district, regional and state championships each year. It is the desire of our athletic department to field the best possible teams at the varsity level to help us compete and win championships. You can find more information regarding FA Athletics and Home school participation details online at www.foundationacademy.net.
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