Umbrella School


The Bridge Sarasota is a non-traditional private school also known as an Umbrella School. WE offer higher levels of accountability to homeschool families. The Bridge Sarasota emphasizes leadership, higher level thinking, and authentic communication with a focus on project-based and experiential education — live it to learn it!

The Bridge Sarasota non-traditional private school is available to any family who wishes to enroll.  Our mission is to partner with families in achieving their academic goals by providing a high standard of excellence in accountability. We understand you, the parent, hold the ultimate direction and authority in the education of your child.


You can download our Enrollment Package HERE.

The Bridge Sarasota non-traditional private school is affiliated with FLVS so students enrolled can take FLVS classes.  Please contact us for more information!



Florida Non-traditional Private School FAQs

What is a non-traditional, or 600, School?    The name 600 School has come to be applied to those Florida private schools that offer a homeschooling option. The reference to ’600′ has to do with the number of the state statutes that govern the incorporation of private schools (although private schools in Florida do not have to be incorporated). From a legal point of view, there is no difference between a private school that offers a homeschooling option and one that does not. Florida private schools serving homeschoolers are sometimes referred to as “umbrella” schools.

May I Enroll in a Private School and Still Homeschool My Child? Yes as long as the private school offers a non-campus or homeschooling option.

Must I Notify the Superintendent if I Enroll in a Private School? No. Once you enroll in a private school, you are no longer considered to be homeschooling according to Florida state statute. This does not mean that you will be any less of a homeschooler from a practical standpoint, simply that the law recognizes a difference between private school students and home education students and applies different rules and privileges to each. You must weigh the pros and cons of each status before deciding whether to register with a private school or as a home educator. Again, this legal distinction has no bearing on your ability to teach your children at home, but may have other implications for your family.

What Information About My Child Will Be Shared by the Private School? In this case, private is truly private. Private schools never disclose information about their students to anyone, unless requested to do so by you. Each private school is required to give the state information about its enrolled student body on an annual basis, but this is non-personal data only — the schools report how many students they have at each grade level. The only people to receive information about your child’s progress is you. It is completely private.