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 Flex (formerly known as FLVS Part Time) and FLVS Full Time.
The FLVS Flex program offers middle and high school level courses to homeschoolers and students enrolled in public and private schools. Private school students may take up to six courses per term and can enroll in courses during anytime of the year. (There is also an elementary program, but there are specific eligibilty requirements.) Middle and high school students enrolled in our school may take courses under the FLVS Flex program.
FLVS Full Time (through a partnership with Connections Academy) is a full-time online public school that serves students in grades K-12. There are specific enrollment periods and eligibility requirements. Private school students are not eligible to take courses under the FLVS FT program, as FLVS FT would be the school of record.
May my child take courses at FLVS?
Middle and high school students enrolled in our school are eligible to take courses under the FLVS Flex program. We are required to verify that courses are appropriate based on the academic history, age, and grade level of each student and that any applicable prerequisites have been completed. Middle school students may take high school level courses if the courses are verified as appropriate. Learn More
How does my child sign up?
Students will sign up at FLVS. Student's can select New Students Start Here to get started. Click on Florida, then select Sarasota - Aspiring Heights Academy under Choose a County and Private School Student under Choose a Student Type. Click Continue to request courses and finish setting up the account. Parents also have the option of creating a Parent Account, which we highly recommend. If your child already has an FLVS account, your child will only need to change the physical school under his or her Academic Profile (see What if my child is already taking courses at FLVS? below).
How many courses may my child take?
Based on FLVS course registration guidelines, all private school students are able to take up to six (6) courses at one time. Students may request an additional course when at least 50% of an active course has been completed.
What if my child is already taking courses at FLVS?
If your child already has courses in progress, once enrolled in our school, your child will only need to change the physical school under his or her Academic Profile. Simply log in, go to Student Records > Academic Profile and change the District to Aspiring Heights Academy and the Physical School to Aspiring Heights Academy. Courses in progress will continue as usual.
When changing physical schools, you may receive an email from FLVS stating that you need to review your current enrollments with the new Physical School Guidance counselor because students in a Traditional School can only have a maximum of three (3) enrollments at a time. Don't worry, private school students may have up to six (6) enrollments at a time.
When will my children be able to start their courses?
Whenever students request new courses, we have to approve them. Courses are approved Monday through Friday. Once they are approved, classrooms are assigned. It can sometimes take a week or so for classrooms to become available. Once classrooms are assigned, students can begin their courses.
What are the courses like?
Sometimes students are required to download specific software and/or visit external websites to complete assignments. Assignments are submitted online, including assessments, so students are on the computer a lot. Periodically, students connect with their teachers on the phone for discussion-based assessments. Teachers are (ideally) available from 8AM to 8PM, seven days a week, via phone, text, email and instant messaging, but sometimes they can be hard to reach. Substitute teachers are assigned periodically and during the holidays.
Are students expected to sign into class everyday?
Not necessarily. Students are allowed to work at their own pace and on days and at times that work for them (meaning, students can work ahead of pace), but they are expected to submit work regularly (usually 3-4 assignments a week). 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.
How long do courses take to complete?
Depending on the course, courses can take between 16 and 36 weeks to complete. Courses are broken down into segments (a/k/a semesters), and each segment takes between 16-18 weeks to complete. Some courses have two segments (such as math and science); some have only one segment (such as U.S. Government and certain electives). Students are not required to take both segments of a two segment course. Each segment is worth 1/2 credit.
What if my child doesn't like a course?
FLVS gives students 14 days to try out courses. If a course is too easy, too difficult, or doesn't meet a student's expectations, 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. Students may take these test, if desired. There are also certain circumstances in which students should take these test. Learn More