FLDOE Virtual Instruction Program
Curriculum & Program Information
The FLVS Program Guide can be downloaded here. The Connections Education Curriculum Development and Revision Process, provides an overview of how Connections Education creates its quality online curriculum.
Policies and Procedures
The School Handbook: General Portion and the FLVS FT VIP Handbook Supplement and FLVS Full Time Public Handbook Supplement contain school policies and procedures. The FCA Employee Handbook contains employment policies and procedures for teachers and staff.
The document below contains the certification status and physical locations of administrative personnel. View the FLVSFT Teacher Certification Report
Instructional staff certification and qualifications are found in the document below.
View the FLVS Administration Certification Report
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
Elementary School (grades K–5): The average student/teacher ratio for elementary school core courses is 55:1. Teachers have an average of 55 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 47:1. Teachers have an average of 190–210 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.
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.
Student Completion & Promotion Rates
Data documenting completion and promotion rates are provided in the downloadable PDF below titled Student Completion Data.
View Student Completions
Student, Educator, and School Performance Accountability Outcomes
Student Performance Data
AYP, School Grades, and student standardized assessment results in total and by subgroup are provided in the document below, titled Student Performance Accountability Florida Connections Academy. Dropout and graduation rates are not applicable to this K-8 program. View Student Performance Accountability Florida Connections Academy
Educator Performance Data
For the 2011–12 school year, 97% of teachers had satisfactory or better evaluations. Fifty percent of the teacher evaluation was based on student performance. Due to significant growth of the FL programs, during the 2011–12 school year, FLVS added 46 new teachers/staff positions. Of the teachers/staff who left during the year or at the end of the year, two left involuntarily. Fifteen left for other reasons such as: family or medical, relocation, career change, career advancement, not good fit for virtual environment. The total teacher/staff turnover rate for 2011–12 was approximately 26%. Fifty percent of the teacher evaluation was based on student performance.
For the 2010–11 school year, 90% of teachers had satisfactory or better evaluations. Fifty 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, two left involuntarily. Four left for other reasons such as: family or medical, retirement, career change. The total teacher/staff turnover rate for 2010–11 was approximately 13%.
NCAA Eligibility Information
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