Florida Virtual School (FLVS) provides online K–12 instruction to students all over Florida, the U.S. and the world. Their courses are free to Florida students and are available on a tuition basis to students elsewhere. Since FLVS courses are online, students are on the computer a lot. It is important that a student is committed to his or her courses at FLVS, as every grade earned become part of the student's permanent school record.
There are two different tuition-free online Florida Virtual School programs available to Florida students: FLVS and FLVS FT (a full time public school program).
FLVS is available to homeschoolers registered with their district school and homeschoolers enrolled in private schools and serves students in grades 6–12. While it is considered a part-time program, homeschool and private school students may take up to 6 courses at a time. Students enrolled in this program are not required to participate in state-mandated assessments (FCAT or EOC) and are not issued diplomas.
FLVS FT is a full-time K-12 public school program. When your child is enrolled in this program, FLVS FT becomes the school of record and your child must meet all public school requirements for attendance and standardized test participation. Students enrolled in this program take standard public school courses, must participate in state-mandated assessments, and receive diplomas.
To enroll your child in courses at FLVS as a homeschooled student, you must provide FLVS with verification from your district that your child is registered in a home education program. To enroll your child in courses at FLVS as a private schooled student (i.e., homeschooling under the cover of an umbrella school), your private school must have an articulation agreement on file with FLVS.
How it Works
First, students register at FLVS and choose the courses they want to take. If they are registered homeschoolers, their parents create an account and approve their courses. If they are enrolled at a private school, their school will approve their courses. Once the courses have been approved, the classrooms are assigned. This can take anywhere from a few of days to a couple of weeks.
Once classrooms are assigned, students can log in and begin their courses. Sometimes students are required to download specific software and/or visit external websites to complete assignments. Assignments are submitted online, including assessments. Periodically, students connect with their teacher on the telephone for discussion-based assessments. Teachers are available via phone, text, email and instant messaging from 8AM to 8PM, seven days a week. Substitute teachers are assigned during holidays, so, ideally, there is always a teacher available to answer questions.
What is Expected
Students are allowed to work at their own pace and on days and at times that work for them (meaning, they can work ahead of pace), however students are expected to submit work regularly. Additionally, students and their parents are required to speak with the teacher (via phone or email) at least once per month. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal from the course.
End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
Homeschool students enrolled at FLVS are not required to take the EOC assessments that have been implemented for several high school level courses.