Frequently Asked Questions
What is Florida Virtual School Full Time?
Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT) is an award-winning K–12 school where coursework is done from a home environment, blending online and offline content. Partnering with Connections Academy, we are proud to offer this 180-day comprehensive program, which gives districts and students numerous benefits, such as:
High standards and accountability
Alternatives for students who perform better outside of a traditional classroom
A school calendar that mirrors a traditional school year but with greater flexibility
Highly qualified, Florida-certified teachers specializing in online education
New in 2012–13: Diploma option for graduating seniors
Proven curriculum built on the most current Florida standards
State-of-the-art content and engaging multimedia lessons
How much does the program cost?
FLVS FT is a state-funded school program. As such, it is a free service to eligible Florida residents.
What grades does FLVS FT serve?
FLVS FT serves students in grades K–12.
What are the qualifications for enrollment and the differences between the public program and home education program?
We are proud to offer both a Public Program (grades K–12) and Home Education Program (grades K–12):
- Public Program: Our Public Program serves students in grades K–12. (See Enroll/Eligibility for more information.) FLVS will be the student’s school district of record, and students will receive a school report card from FLVS FT. Students must meet all public school requirements for attendance and standardized test participation.
- Home Education Program: A full- or part-time selection of courses in grades K–12 is available to any Florida resident student. There are prior school eligibility requirements for students in grades 2 through 5 coming to us from a private school, home school or out of state school environment. Please click here to review the State of Florida prior school eligibility requirements to determine if your student is eligible to enroll. Students in this program are considered “Home Education” students. Students are required to register as Home Education students with their resident school district, but they are not required to take the FCAT, nor do high school students need to complete any required End-of-Course Assessments or graduation requirements. Home Education students are not eligible to receive a diploma from Florida Virtual School or for any other services that may be provided to public school students. Students do follow a standard school calendar. Additional courses for students in grades K–12 who want a more flexible schedule than the FLVS FT K–12 program provides are also available through the Florida Virtual School Part Time program (or Part Time schools). Visit the Florida Virtual School Part Time program webpage for more information.
How does grade level impact eligibility to enroll in a Florida Virtual School Full Time program?
Some eligibility requirements apply for students in grades 2–5 who come from private school, home school, or out of state schools. Click here to view the State of Florida prior school eligibility requirements and determine if your student is eligible to enroll.
What are the differences between the public program and home education program?
There are very few differences in the educational programs (except as indicated below) or the school’s policies and procedures. The differences are as follows:
- Public: Technology may be available to students based on legislatively defined hardship criteria. FLVS FT will make the final hardship determination. Students must take the state’s standardized tests (FLKRS, CELLA, FCAT, PERT, End-of-Course Assessments). Students are considered public school students, and students must attend full-time with a standard public course load of 6 courses per semester for grades 6–12 or equivalent for grades K–5.
- Home Education: Students use their own technology. Students must be registered as “Home Education” students with FLVS and within their resident district. Students are not considered public school students and are therefore not eligible for any program limited to public school students. Students are not required to take the state’s standardized tests. Students generally will attend full-time, but enrollment may be flexible with options to take up to 6 courses per semester for grades K–12.
Are students who were not in Florida public schools last year eligible?
There are prior school eligibility requirements for home education students in grades 2 through 5 coming to us from a private school, home school or out of state school environment. Please click here to review the State of Florida prior school eligibility requirements to determine if your student is eligible to enroll. All Florida students entering grades K–12 are eligible for the Public School.
Does the Florida Virtual School Full Time Public School provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?
Yes, as per the HB 7063 addition to the Florida Statute 1003.57 Exceptional Students Instruction subsection (5). Each full-time virtual instruction program under s. 1002.37 or s. 1002.45 must fulfill the obligations of a school district under this section for public school exceptional students who are enrolled in a full-time virtual instruction program. A student whose individual education plan indicates that full-time virtual instruction is appropriate may be enrolled in a full-time virtual instruction program. Please contact the student’s resident district to request an IEP team meeting to determine whether full-time virtual instruction is appropriate. Parents or the district representative may also call 877-500-FLVS (3587) and request to leave a voicemail message for the Special Education Director of Florida Virtual School Full Time to arrange for FLVS FT participation on the IEP team and to ask questions.
Subject to final rules issuance by the FLDOE concerning recently enacted legislation.
What is the role of the parent?
Hands-on involvement in the learning is more acute in the early years, where more of the work is completed offline versus online. The parent plays the role of Learning Coach, taking attendance and providing the on-site supervision and support that is so critical. As students move into higher grades, the online curriculum increases, along with the role of the instructor. The hands-on role of the parent in the actual learning process gradually diminishes. However, the structure, love, discipline, and support that only a parent or guardian can provide at home never diminishes. Our goal is to partner with you in the role of seeing your children grow into mature, independent learners.
What does a FLVS FT family receive?
All course content is either delivered online or directly shipped to you when textbooks or supplemental materials are needed. In addition, you will work directly with Florida-certified instructors, who will guide your child each step of the way throughout the course. Your child can also access numerous other online and community resources through field trips, special events, meet and greets, contests, academic clubs, and much more.
What curriculum does FLVS FT provide?
FLVS FT students are the lucky recipients of the combined curricula of Florida Virtual School and Connections Academy—two international leaders in online learning curriculum and programs. These state-of-the-art courses continually set industry standards with their engaging design, ease of use, research-based practices, and the variety of choices that the courses provide students.
What subjects does FLVS FT offer?
FLVS FT program is comprehensive in that all required courses for graduation are included. In addition, students can choose from a variety of enrichment and elective courses. In grades 3–8, students may participate in courses for enrichment, advancement, and acceleration in science, language arts, and math. At the high school level, students may opt for any of 13 Advanced Placement courses. We also provide foreign language (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and Latin) courses, advanced math and science courses (physics, calculus, etc.), and other electives. Please view our program guide for a detailed listing of available courses.
What is the difference between FLVS FT VIP (offered by a school district), direct enrollment in the FLVS FT Public Program, and a district FLVS franchise program?
The Florida Legislature has authorized Florida Virtual School to enroll full-time public school students directly as their school district of record. In this program, FLVS Full Time Public Program students are enrolled directly in FLVS FT. School districts are also required to offer full-time virtual programs to their resident students, and some school districts use FLVS FT as a provider for that program. In this program, called VIP, your student remains a student of the resident district, must be enrolled with the district, and must be approved by a district liaison to enter the FLVS FT VIP program. If your student enrolls with FLVS FT through your resident school district, you may be eligible for additional services, such as special education services, that will be provided by your resident district. If the student is a graduating senior, the student will receive a diploma from the resident district rather than through FLVS. As you register with FLVS FT, you may indicate that you want to be informed if FLVS FT VIP is available through your resident school district, and in that case we will have a district representative contact you. Learn if your district is participating.
Please note that some districts offer a franchise program through Florida Virtual School. This program is not the same as FLVS FT.
Is the FLVS FT program accredited?
Florida Virtual School and Connections Education LLC are both accredited by AdvancED.
Are your teachers certified?
Yes. All FLVS FT teachers are Florida-certified instructors and have achieved "highly qualified" status in their subject areas. In addition, all instructors have undergone an extensive interview, screening, and training process to ensure only the highest quality instructors are working with your child.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
The answer to this question varies by grade level. In order to meet the needs of younger students, more content is offline and includes physical materials. As students increase in grade level, they will do more work online, though there is always a healthy balance between working online and completing offline projects. In fact, even at the high school level, where most curriculum is online, the courseware and instruction are designed purposefully to get students away from the computer to complete portions of the work. For instance, students will conduct science experiments offline, work on a fitness routine, interview a family member, or participate in a field trip.
What computer skills do FLVS FT students and parents/guardians need?
Students and Learning Coaches do not need advanced computer skills to attend Florida Virtual School Full Time. We make it easy to become completely familiar with our system by providing orientation courses to students and parents. Our program also provides technology literacy courses that allow students to develop advanced technology skills.
What do current parents think about FLVS FT?
Every year we ask families to rate our program. See our Proven Results page to see how parents rate our school.
Are there opportunities to meet other FLVS FT families?
Yes. Florida Virtual School Full Time understands the importance of students and parents interacting with others in the program and in the community. We facilitate numerous activities, online and in person. Our community coordinators and school staff plan field trips, special projects, and group meetings with other families in your area. Our online discussion groups and private email system allow you to communicate with other FLVS FT students and parents.
Will my child be required to take standardized tests?
FLVS FT Public: Public school students enrolled in FLVS FT Public are required to follow all state assessment requirements, so they will need to participate in all standardized testing, including the FCAT and applicable Florida End-of-Course Assessments.
FLVS FT Home Education: Home Education students in the FLVS FT HE program may request to participate in state standardized testing through their resident district’s Home Education Office.
Can my child participate in team sports and other activities at the local school?
In accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.15:
“Florida Virtual School Full Time students who meet specified academic and conduct requirements are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities at the public school to which the student would be assigned or could choose to attend according to district school board policies.”
Please contact your district directly to find out if your student is eligible to participate in team sports and other activities through your local school.
Is there a required school calendar?
Beginning in the fall semester, all students are required to be enrolled for 180 days. Students beginning in the second (spring) semester are required to be enrolled for 90 days. Attendance must be recorded for all students, even students registered as "Home Education" students.
Will students receive a computer, printer, or a subsidy payment for an Internet connection?
FLVS FT households will generally need to provide their own computer, printer, and Internet service. Please check to be sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements. If your student is enrolled in the FLVS FT Public Program, you may be able to apply for a technology hardship exception if you qualify for the Free/Reduced Price Lunch program and meet technology hardship provisions. Instructions for how to apply for a technology hardship are included with your enrollment materials.
Where can I review the student handbook for FLVS Full Time Public School Students?
The Florida-specific student handbook can be accessed through our Virtual Library for enrolled students and also prior to enrollment on this public website. View the FLVS Full Time Public Student Handbook.
What is the FLVS Zero Tolerance Policy?
Florida Statutes Section 1006.13, titled "Policy on Zero Tolerance for Crime and Victimization," requires FLVS to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and staff, regardless of economic status, race or disability. Specific behavior that poses a serious threat to school safety will be dealt with severely and swiftly, including up to expulsion or referral to law enforcement agencies. FLVS will follow the requirements defined in this statute for all applicable offenses. The Zero Tolerance Policy is not intended to be applied to petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors..
How do I request a transcript?
Students who have taken courses with FLVS FT can obtain transcripts by completing the form, and submitting it via fax or email to the following:
Students who have taken courses from FLVS Part Time can visit www.FLVS.net to request transcripts.
What makes FLVS FT a quality choice for your child's education?
At FLVS FT, we believe that a quality education is one that helps each student achieve his or her highest potential. Learn more about exactly what we do to bring that quality education to our students.
Where will my child test for all statewide assessments?
Florida Statute 1002.37(9)(c), requires Florida Virtual School students to report to the zoned school based on the district school board attendance areas for all statewide assessments.
If I have any questions about my statewide assessments, who should I contact?
You may call our FLVS Full Time office at 407-857-6588 and speak to one of our State Testing Specialist or send us an email to: Grades K–8 testing: FLVSFullTimeK8Testing@flvs.net or Grades 9–12 Testing: FLVSFullTime912Testing@flvs.net.
Which district-level assessments are required of FLVS Full Time Public School students?
District Testing Dates
| LEAP (K–8) |
|August 19, 2013 – September 13, 2013 |
|December 9, 2013 – January 17, 2014 |
|May 4, 2014 – June 11, 2014
| FAIR |
|Fall ||K–8 School: September 23, 2013 – October 11, 2013 |
High School: September 10, 2013 – September 16, 2013
|K–8 School: September 23, 2013 – October 11, 2013 |
High School: December 4, 2013 – December 11, 2013
|K–8 School: September 23, 2013 – October 11, 2013 |
High School: March 5, 2014 – March 14, 2014