Florida Virtual Instruction Program Required Disclosures

Curriculum and Program Information

Policies and Procedures

Instructional Personnel

Hours and Times of Availability of Instructional Personnel

Teachers are available to students and their families from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during school days as specified in the school calendar. (The school calendar is included in the School Handbook Supplement.) During these hours, they are available via WebMail (an internal email system) and telephone. They also conduct LiveLesson ® (lessons conducted in real-time over the Internet) sessions. All voicemail and WebMail messages are returned within 24 hours when they are received Monday through Thursday. Messages received on Friday will be returned the following Monday during the school calendar. Teachers grade online student work within 24 hours of completion, and portfolio items within one week on the same basis as stated above. Students have 24/7 access to their grades and teacher comments on their school work through the grade book in Connexus® (the education management system).

Students and their families may also visit the administrative offices in Orlando during these hours to meet with their teachers in person if they wish.

Student/Teacher Ratios

Core Courses

Elementary School (grades K–5): The average student/teacher ratio for elementary school core courses is 52:1. Teachers have an average of 52 students assigned to them as students in these grades have the same teacher for all of their core courses.

Middle School (grades 6–8): The average student/teacher ratio for middle school core courses is 41:1. Teachers have an average of 160–190 students assigned to them as teachers are assigned to particular subjects/grades and have multiple sections of students. In addition, each middle school student has an Advisory Teacher or School Counselor who assists students and Learning Coaches with course selection, student transfers, graduation requirements, college and career planning, interpersonal counseling, and general academic guidance. If these teachers were included in the student/teacher ratio, it would be lower.  

High School (grades 9–12): Although high school courses and instruction are not currently offered by FCA, we anticipate that should the school be approved as a provider, the average student to teacher ratio would be between 30:1 and 40:1 for core courses.

Electives

Music (grades K–8): The average student/teacher for music is 35:1. Teachers have an average of 190–200 students assigned to them.

Foreign Language (grades K–8): The average student/teacher ratio for foreign language is 26:1. Teachers have an average of 190-200 students assigned to them.

Art and Physical Education (K–8): Both Art and Physical Education are primarily self-directed courses with instruction embedded in the course. Students track their activities, and their activity reports are reviewed and graded by the teacher. Therefore, the average student teacher ratio for Art and Physical Education is not relevant, but if it was calculated in a similar manner to other courses, it would be about 400:1.

High School (grades 9–12): Although high school courses and instruction are not currently offered by FCA, we anticipate that should the school be approved as a provider, the average student to teacher ratio would be between 40:1 and 50:1 for electives.

Student Completion & Promotion Rates

Student, Educator, and School Performance Accountability Outcomes

Student Performance Data

* Dropout and graduation rates are not applicable to the K-8 program.

Educator Performance Data (FCA grades K–8)

For the 2013-14 school year, 98% of teachers had satisfactory or better evaluations. Forty percent (40%) of the teacher evaluation was based on student performance. Of the teachers/staff who left during the year or at the end of the year, none left involuntarily. Fourteen (14) teachers left for reasons such as: family or medical, relocation, career change, career advancement, not good fit for virtual environment. The total teacher/staff turnover rate for 2013–14 was approximately 12%.

For the 2012-13 school year, 98.3% of teachers had satisfactory or better evaluations. Forty percent of the teacher evaluation was based on student performance. Of the teachers/staff who left during the year or at the end of the year, none left involuntarily. Eight left for reasons such as: family or medical, relocation, career change, career advancement, not good fit for virtual environment. The total teacher/staff turnover rate for 2012–13 was approximately 8.3%.

Educator Performance Data (Connections Academy schools outside of Florida, grades 9–12)

For the 2013–14 school year, 98% of teachers across Connections Academy public schools had satisfactory or better evaluations. Between 25-50% of the teacher evaluation was based on student performance, depending on state requirements. Of the teachers/staff who left during the year or at the end of the year, 20 left involuntarily and 164 left for reasons such as: family or medical, relocation, career change, career advancement, not good fit for virtual environment. The total teacher/staff turnover rate for 2013–14 was approximately 13%.

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