Frequently Asked Questions About FLVS Full Time

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What is FLVS Full Time?

FLVS Full Time is an award-winning Kindergarten–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
  • 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 Full Time is a state-funded school. As such, it is a free service to eligible Florida residents.

What grades does FLVS Full Time serve?

FLVS Full Time serves students in grades Kindergarten–12.

What are the qualifications for enrollment?

K–5 Public School Students: Our public school is available to students in grades Kindergarten–5 statewide who are Florida residents (also see Eligibility). Students who select this school will be enrolled in Florida Virtual School as the student’s school district of record, and students will receive a school report card. Students must meet all public school requirements for attendance and standardized test participation.

Middle and High School Students: To learn more about the FLVS Full Time middle school, high school, and other FLVS Full Time offerings, call 844-522-1965.

How does grade level impact eligibility to enroll in FLVS Full Time?

All Florida students entering grades Kindergarten–5 are eligible for the Public School. View the state of Florida prior school eligibility requirements for more information.

Does FLVS Full Time 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 FLVS Full Time to arrange for FLVS Full Time participation on the IEP team and to ask questions.

Subject to final rules issuance by the FLDOE concerning recently enacted legislation.

How does FLVS Full Time support students with disabilities?

Federal law requires FLVS Full Time to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. FLVS Full Time is committed to providing its students with equal access to its education program. We provide students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student is in need of assistance in order to fully participate in FLVS Full Time’s education program, please contact the school's Manager of Special Education for grades K–8 at jworrell@connectionseducation.com, the Manager of Special Education for grades 9–12 at osinski@flvs.net, or the school’s 504 coordinator at bmackrey@connectionseducation.com. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.

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 Full Time 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 Full Time provide?

FLVS Full Time 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 Full Time offer?

FLVS Full Time 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 3–5, 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 Full Time VIP (offered by a school district), direct enrollment in the FLVS Full Time Public Program, and a district FLVS franchise program?

The Florida Legislature has authorized Florida Virtual School to enroll full-time public school students directly into FLVS Full Time as their school district of record. School districts are also required to offer full-time virtual programs to their resident students, and some school districts use FLVS Full Time 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 Full Time VIP program. If your student enrolls with FLVS Full Time 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 Full Time, you may indicate that you want to be informed if FLVS Full Time 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 Full Time.

Is the FLVS Full Time program accredited?

Florida Virtual School and AdvancED Connections Education LLC are both accredited by AdvancED.

Are your teachers certified?

Yes. All FLVS Full Time 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 Full Time students and parents/guardians need?

Students and parents do not need advanced computer skills to attend FLVS 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 Full Time?

Every year we ask families to rate our school. See our Proven Results page to see how parents rate our school.

Are there opportunities to meet other FLVS Full Time families?

Yes. FLVS 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 school staff plans 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 Full Time students and parents.

Will my child be required to take standardized tests?

Students enrolled in FLVS Full Time 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.

Is my child required to participate in district-level assessments?

FLVS Full Time students are required to participate in district-level and school-level assessments, including LEAP. Check the K–5 School Assessment Schedule for upcoming dates.

Can my child participate in team sports and other activities at the local school?

In accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.15:

    “FLVS 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.

Will students receive a computer, printer, or a subsidy payment for an Internet connection?

FLVS Full Time 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 directly in FLVS Full Time, 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 school handbook for FLVS Full Time?

The FLVS Full Time school 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 School Handbook.

What is the FLVS Full Time Zero Tolerance Policy?

Florida Statutes Section 1006.13, titled "Policy on Zero Tolerance for Crime and Victimization," requires FLVS Full Time 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 Full Time 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 Full Time can obtain K–8 transcripts by completing this form, and submitting it via fax or email to the following:

Elementary School and Middle School
Email: flvsefax@connectionseducation.com
Fax: 407-226-7101
eFax: 407-641-8224

Students who have taken courses with FLVS Full Time can obtain high school transcripts by completing the high school transcripts form, and submitting it via fax or email to the following:

High School
Deborah Brochyus
Phone: 1-844-522-1965
Fax: 407-264-6457

Students who have taken courses from FLVS Part Time can visit www.FLVS.net to request transcripts.

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 Specialists or send us an email to Grades K–8 testing or Grades 9–12 Testing.

Where can I view the Florida Department of Education Economic Security Report?

Visit the Florida Department of Education website to view the Economic Security Report.