Mote Homeschool Advanced Program (HSAP) 2023-24


Homeschooled students with a strong interest in marine science meet once a month to:

  • Work on problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills through STEAM-based projects
  • Increase ocean literacy and awareness through experiential learning
  • Get the inside scoop on the exciting research going on at Mote
  • Collaborate to develop and implement marine science research projects and ocean conservation service projects (specifically 12-16 class)
  • Meet with Mote’s professional researchers, trainers, biologists and educators
  • Go behind the scenes of Mote Aquarium
  • Get hands-on experience with Mote’s Education Animal Ambassadors
  • Have opportunities for field trips and other unique Mote experiences

This is a drop-off student-only program.

We are currently only offering classes for Fall 2024 in preparation for our expansion to Mote Science Education Aquarium, aka Mote SEA. We’ve got some exciting things planned! Information about the Spring semester will be available in November.  You will not need to reapply to join us for the Spring if you are accepted into the fall program. Please see below for details about the upcoming semester. 

HSAP 9-11* Fall 2024
  • Tuition cost:  $200 per student
  • Tuesday class dates: Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3,
  • Thursday class dates: Sept 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5,
  • Please Note: Students may not alternate between the Tuesday and Thursday classes.
  • Times: 10:00am-3:00pm

*Note: students may apply for the 9-11 class if they turn 9 and/or do not turn 12 on or before Dec 31, 2024.

HSAP 12-16* Fall 2024
  • Tuition cost: $275 per student
  • Tuesday class dates: Sept 17, Oct 22, Nov 19, Dec 10,
  • Thursday class dates: Sept 19, Oct 24, Nov 21, Dec 12,
  • Please Note: Students may not alternate between the Tuesday and Thursday classes.
  • Times: 9:00am-3:00pm

 *Students may apply for the 12-16 class if they turn 12 and/or do not turn 17 on or before Dec 31, 2024.


Due to the limited space and competitive nature of this program, every student must fill out an application. Applications close Sunday, June 30th.  You will be notified by July 15th if accepted into the program.

Onsite Homeschool Days

Registration for Spring 2024 (January through May) is now open! 


Meet us at Mote to explore exciting aspects of Mote Aquarium, Mote research and Sarasota Bay. Each month is a unique theme offered to three different age levels, 6-9, 10-14 and 6-14 to accommodate families with multiple ages. Select classes include a water portion, see the class description during registration for details. Students should come prepared to get wet and be in the sun. Chaperones have the option to enter the water as well or observe from the shore. Prior to registering, please review our program policies linked below.

2024 Spring Flyer

Important Notes: Price represents the student plus one chaperone per family (required). ONLY registered participants are allowed to attend Homeschool Days (no younger or older non-registered siblings). Admission to Mote Aquarium is NOT included with this program. Please visit for information and to reserve tickets.

Homeschool Program Policies

Waitlist Policy 
You may add your child(ren) to a waitlist for any Mote Homeschool program through the registration link. Should any openings come about, we will contact those on the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis via email. You will be expected to confirm the transfer and pay your registration fee within 24 hours of notification. If we do not hear from you within that time, we will move to the next participant on the waitlist. Please read the Homeschool Program Policies.

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At Home With Mote

Stay tuned for new At Home opportunities coming in 2024!

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Cancellation Policy

For questions related to Mote Homeschool Programs, please email Dana Henderson, Public Programs Manager via