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Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is FLVS?

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is a state-funded, online K–12 public school that is free to Florida students through age 19. There are two different Florida Virtual School programs: FLVS Part Time and FLVS Full Time. Vitarete Academy students will choose the Part Time option.

The FLVS Part Time program offers middle and high school level courses to homeschoolers and students enrolled in Florida public and private umbrella schools. Students may take up to six courses per term and can enroll in courses during anytime of the year.

May my child take courses at FLVS?

Yes. Students enrolled in Vitarete Academy are eligible to sign up for middle school and high school level courses at FLVS.

How many courses may my child take?

Private school students are able to take up to six (6) courses at one time. Each family should consider the time and assignment requirements as they decide how many courses a child can comfortable take for each enrolment year. We recommend no more than 4 courses at one time.

How does FLVS enrollment work?

First, FLVS will ask the student to select courses. Then, you (or the student) will create a Student Account. Parents also have the option of creating a Parent Account. Next, our school counselor approves the requested courses. Lastly, classrooms are assigned. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.

What are the courses like?

Once classrooms are assigned, students log in and begin their courses. Depending on the course, students may be required to download specific software and/or visit external websites in order to complete assignments. Each course offers a “Pace Chart” which will help the student determine how much time daily/weekly will need to be designated for each course. All assignments are submitted online, including assessments, so students will spend a significant amount of time on the computer. Students will need to connect with their teachers on the phone regularly for status updates as well as for discussion-based assessments. Teachers are generally available daily from 8AM to 8PM, via phone, text, email and instant messaging -- although not every teacher may be easily contacted. Substitute teachers are assigned periodically and during the holidays.

How long do courses take to complete?

Depending on the course, classes may last just one segment (16 weeks) or cover two segments (36 weeks) to complete. Students will be given a Traditional Pace chart which shows students doing an average of 2-3 lessons a week for a rate of about 3-5 hours of study time a week. Students can elect to do extra assignments a week, therefore completing the course in less time.

How many credits will I receive for each segment?

Each segment is worth ½ credit.

Do you offer Honors Courses?

Almost all of FLVS courses may be taken for Regular or Honors credit. You will register for regular, then inform your teacher once placed in the regular version of your desire to work for Honors credit. If you are having difficulties with Honors, contact your teacher to be placed back in the regular version.

Does FLVS offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses?

Yes, FLVS offers Advanced Placement courses for several subject areas. An AP course is a college-level learning experience, which requires that students be academically prepared and willing to invest the necessary time and effort.

Students entering high school grades 9-12 have access to Advanced Placement courses that may result in earning college credit for high school coursework. These courses are used to calculate overall Grade Point Average (GPA) and typically count extra in the calculation. A passing grade in the course will be accepted for high school credit.

How often must students sign in to the class?

Students are allowed to work at their own pace and on days and at times that work for them. So a student can work as fast as they choose, however, they are expected to submit work regularly (usually 3-4 assignments a week), so it’s important to sign in and work on each class 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.

What if my child doesn't like a course?

FLVS gives students 14 days to try out courses. A student may drop the course without penalty during the first 14 days of being activated in the course.

Does my child have to take the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments?

No. Private school students enrolled at FLVS are not required to take any of the EOC assessments. However, if desired or if you believe your child may return to public school prior to their high school graduation, your child may take the Algebra I, Biology I, Geometry, United States History, and Civics EOC assessments