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Enrollment for Florida Virtual School Full Time is Now Open

May 17, 2022

Families have until July 15 to enroll their Kindergarten-12th grade students in Florida’s full-time and flexible online option 

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As the 2021-22 school year comes to an end, Kindergarten – 12th grade students can now enroll in Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Full Time for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. The enrollment deadline is July 15, giving families the time they need to make the decision that works best for them. With FLVS Full Time, students experience the structure of a 180-day school year with the flexibility of online learning, take six courses per semester, and earn their diploma upon meeting graduation requirements. Alternatively, students looking to incorporate one or more individual online courses as part of their education plan for the upcoming school year can enroll in FLVS Flex year-round.

After more than two years of the pandemic, thousands more students and parents have seen the benefits of online learning, including better and more communication between parents and teachers, comprehensive and engaging courses, an individualized experience that allows for more meaningful one-on-one time between students and teachers, flexibility as to where, when, and how students learn, and more.

In fact, the FLVS Full Time student count has nearly doubled over the past two years – from 5,770 student completions in the 2019-20 school year to more than 10,500 students expected to complete this year. Plus, this year’s FLVS Full Time graduating class is the largest ever – with a total of 1,345 students.

“For more than 20 years I’ve seen the positive impact of online learning, and now that families gleaned greater insight into their kids’ learning by virtue of being at home together, they’re seeing the benefits too,” said Robin Winder, Senior Director of Instruction for Florida Virtual School. “It’s exciting to see that enrollment has stayed relatively the same over the past two years for our full-time school because it shows that what we’re doing is making a difference in the lives of students and families.”

Florida Virtual School offers full-time and part-time flexible options for grades Kindergarten-12. Students have access to more than 190 courses – including core, elective/specials, world languages, Advanced Placement, and Career and Technical Education courses – all tuition-free for Florida residents and taught by state-certified teachers using award-winning curriculum developed specifically for the online learning environment to facilitate student success. Plus, students can participate in more than 60 clubs from gardening, to coding, and more.

To learn more about FLVS Full Time, FLVS Flex and other options, visit flvs.net/online-school-options. Students outside of Florida can also enroll through FLVS Global School; visit flvsglobal.net for more information.

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From Supplemental Digital Courses, to Homeschool Online, and Alternative Education Programs, Students Can Choose Their Own Path at Florida Virtual School

Apr 27, 2022

The School’s Flexible Option Provides Students with Year-Round Access, Individualized Teacher Support, and the Ability to Take One or Multiple Courses Throughout the Year

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With the finish line for this school year quickly approaching, families with children in Kindergarten-12th grade can enroll for the 2022-23 school year or this summer in Florida Virtual School (FLVS), joining the school’s Flex online option that allows families to enroll year-round, work at their own pace, and incorporate one or more courses as part of their education plan.

In a survey conducted by National School Choice Week, 52% of American parents considered finding a new or different school for their child within the past year, with 26% considering full-time online school and 25% looking into full-time homeschooling. These numbers highlight that after more than two full years of educational change due to the pandemic, families are re-evaluating to find options that better serve their children’s learning needs.

With FLVS Flex, students can either supplement their learning with digital courses while still attending their traditional in-person school, be a homeschool student using FLVS digital curriculum, or enroll in an alternative education program that uses FLVS curriculum. Below are three examples of current students and how they use FLVS to fit their personal learning style:

Supplemental Courses to Achieve Individualized Learning
Delaney Brown, a 12th grade student at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, FL, has big plans for her future, all thanks to the courses she took through Florida Virtual School. In her freshman year of high school, Delaney began taking supplemental online courses with FLVS Flex. This fall, she will be attending Florida State University where she will study political science and business, with the ultimate goal to become a lawyer.

“I was looking to differentiate myself from other students because that’s what college admissions are looking for,” said Brown. “While all other students are taking the same classes and learning the same concepts, I wanted to take unique online courses like political science and law studies that prepared me for my future. Taking courses online is also preparing me for balancing my course load in college, showing me how to manage my time effectively.”

Homeschooling 2.0
Since Kindergarten, Aiden Cardoza and Sylar “SySy” Borden from Lake County, FL, have been learning online as homeschoolers with FLVS Flex. Aiden, now in fifth grade, and SySy, now in fourth, learn together at home with the guidance of their mothers - Monica and Sofia.

“Someone once told me that one of the most important things to do as a mom is to surround your children with a strong village to help them grow,” said Monica. “FLVS has become our village, with teachers constantly checking in to offer support, as well as teaching our kids that they have a voice and can make a difference in the world.”

At only 11 and 10-years-old, Aiden and SySy are doing just that - making a difference through their YouTube channel and nonprofit, Captain A TV, Inc., created to spread awareness on how to help animals, the environment, and the world. It all began when Aiden learned about the rainforest and endangered animals in one of his FLVS courses. A trip to the Tampa zoo changed everything for the boys, and now they run their own website and social channels, creating videos that discuss important topics like climate change using a kid-friendly approach.

Learning Life Skills Through Alternative Education Programs
Colossal Academy, a microschool located on a farm in Fort Lauderdale, FL, launched in August of 2020 with the mission to place students at the center of their learning through hands-on learning experiences and a project-based approach. As an affiliate of Florida Virtual School, students use FLVS curriculum and have guidance from FLVS teachers, all while learning practical life skills through farming/permaculture, surfing, skateboarding, and mindfulness.

“Our students are thriving in this environment, and we’ve seen their self-esteem and confidence increase. My goal is to help students self-actualize at a younger age, by helping them build strong portfolios and introducing them to purposeful internships,” said Shiren Rattigan, Colossal Academy Director and Founder. “By doing this, students can make a meaningful contribution to the world in careers that are needed to solve some of the most serious challenges, like 3D designers, cybersecurity officers, industrial farmers, and more.”

At Colossal Academy, a typical day starts with students arriving at the farm, doing a physical activity to help them wake up, like yoga, and then start farming. After their lunch break, students take their core classes with Florida Virtual School, meet with Ms. Rattigan one-on-one to discuss what they’re learning, and end the day with cleaning and putting shovels and buckets away since it is an active farm.

Florida Virtual School offers full-time and part-time flexible options for grades Kindergarten-12. Students have access to more than 190 courses – including core, elective/specials, world languages, Advanced Placement, and Career and Technical Education courses – all tuition-free for Florida residents and taught by state-certified teachers using a curriculum developed specifically for the online learning environment to facilitate student success. Enrollment for FLVS Full Time will open next month, stay tuned for more details.

For more information about FLVS Flex, visit flvs.net.

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A Stable, Safe, and Supportive Online Learning Environment is Still Available for Florida Families: Florida Virtual School Flex

Jan 19, 2022

By Enrolling in FLVS Flex, Students Can Continue Learning Uninterrupted and Stay Ahead of the Curve

As COVID-19 cases surge, learning online with Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Flex can provide students in Kindergarten-12th grade with the consistency and reliability they need in a safe and supportive environment. FLVS Flex allows students to enroll year-round and work at their own pace, with 24/7 access to courses, caring Florida-certified teachers, and the freedom to learn safely from their home, giving each family the flexibility to make the decision that works best for them.

“What the majority of families experienced in the 2020-21 school year, remote emergency learning, is not true online learning,” said Jason Schultz, Senior Director of Instruction for FLVS. “With more than 20 years of experience successfully teaching students online, we know what works. We want families to know we have the tools and resources to support them and help their children’s individual needs, including one-one-one teacher support, student service professionals who address the social and emotional needs of students, a variety of clubs from cooking to coding, and more.”

Additional benefits of enrolling with FLVS Flex:

  • Learning is not disrupted by constantly changing COVID-19 mitigations, ensuring there is no learning loss. In the 2020-21 school year, during a time when many were new to FLVS, there were increases in FLVS student performance across the Florida Standards Assessments and End-of-Course Assessments compared to spring 2019 results.
  • Individualized learning allows students to get the help and answers they need. If students have questions about a lesson, they can text, call, or email their teacher for one-on-one assistance and attention.
  • Take advantage of mental health resources from 50 student service professionals like mental health, safety, and social and emotional learning specialists. From open group sessions for students, to parent sessions and on-demand learning, students and parents have access to a variety of support topics like internet safety, time management, coping with stress, managing anxiety, and more.
  • Stay connected with friends and make new ones. Students have access to more than 60 FLVS clubs where they can connect with other students who share similar passions and hobbies.
  • Online learning teaches students valuable soft skills like time management and communication, as well as analytical and critical thinking. In fact, according to a recent FLVS survey, 80% of parents agree that online learning helps their children better prepare for their future, helping them build skills that are necessary for school and the workforce.

Florida Virtual School offers full-time and part-time flexible options for grades Kindergarten-12. Students have access to more than 190 courses – including core, elective/specials, world languages, Advanced Placement, and Career and Technical Education courses – all tuition-free for Florida residents and taught by state-certified teachers using a curriculum developed specifically for the online learning environment to facilitate student success.

For more information about FLVS Flex, visit flvs.net.

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New Survey Reveals That The Teacher-Student Connection is Stronger Online Than In-Person

Nov 10, 2021

85% of Online Teachers Believe That They Help More Students Individually Than in a Traditional In-Person Setting

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To celebrate National Distance Learning Week, FlexPoint Education Cloud, a part of Florida Virtual School (FLVS) that works with schools and districts across the nation to implement Kindergarten-12th grade online learning programs, released the results of a new survey revealing that online teachers feel they can better connect with students and parents in an online setting, when compared to in-person instruction – driving increased student success.

While the last school year challenged educators everywhere, it also showed teachers the benefits of virtual learning. In fact, according to the survey that was deployed to FLVS teachers across grades Kindergarten-12, 87% of teachers agree that teaching online allows them to better communicate and connect one-on-one with students when compared to the brick-and-mortar setting.

The results also highlight the importance of involving parents in their children’s schoolwork in meaningful ways, with more than 95% of teachers agreeing that online teaching allows them to communicate more frequently with their student’s parents when compared to in-person. One teacher stated their favorite part of teaching online: “I get to make every single kid feel like they are my only priority while I’m working with them.”

Plus, according to Educators for Excellence’s 2021 Survey of America’s Educators, 67% of teachers learned ways to integrate technology that they plan to use after the pandemic, 54% reported student familiarity with technology improved, and almost half of the teachers surveyed claimed some students thrived in a distance learning setting.

“These survey results emphasize what we’ve known about online learning since our inception more than 20 years ago: when you combine thoughtful, empathetic, and results-oriented teaching staff with effective curriculum, students will thrive,” said Dr. Louis Algaze, President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Virtual School. “Students should always have access to virtual learning – whether through a fully online or a hybrid option – because it gives them the choice to determine what works best for themselves and their families.”

Additional survey findings include:

  • When compared to teaching experiences in a brick-and-mortar setting:
    • 85% of teachers believe that they help more students individually in an online learning environment
    • 83% of teachers believe that teaching online gives them more resources and tools to help their students succeed
    • 83% of teachers believe that teaching online increases their ability to help students succeed
    • 76% of teachers agree that teaching online has decreased their administrative workload, allowing them to spend more time helping students
    • 73% of teachers agree that teaching online allows them to better understand their student’s true learning needs

The survey also included an open-ended question that asked teachers about their favorite part of teaching online. The top response from the online teachers centered around the one-on-one connection they’re able to make with their students and families.

FlexPoint is a trademark of Florida Virtual School, offering online education resources to schools and districts around the nation. Its services include more than 180 engaging and effective digital courses that can be customized to various state standards and seamlessly implemented across a variety of online platforms, extensive staff training and professional development, and unparalleled customer service support to ensure that educators are getting what they need, when they need it.

For more information about FlexPoint Education Cloud, please visit www.FlexPointEducation.com

Survey methodology

The survey was conducted by Florida Virtual School in August 2021 and was deployed to teachers of all grade levels, including FLVS Full Time, FLVS Flex, and Global School teachers. The 12-question survey was comprised of three demographic questions and 9 questions on teachers’ experience with online teaching versus in-person. Question types included Likert ratings and single-and multi-select multiple choice. Of those invited, 1,166 teachers completed all questions on the survey. Analyses of responses revealed important insights about how teachers feel about teaching online and the impact it has on student success.


Florida Virtual School Full Time Enrollment Opens Mid-School Year as Families Continue to Evaluate Their Education Options

Nov 02, 2021

Enrollment for FLVS Full Time Opens Today for Kindergarten-12th Grade Through November 12, 2021; FLVS Flex Enrollment for Kindergarten-12th Grade is Open Year-Round

As the state of the world continues to change and parents consider all their education options, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has opened enrollment for the spring semester for its full-time option, grades Kindergarten-12, until November 12, 2021, so that families can make the learning decision that works best for them. FLVS Full Time becomes a student’s school of record and combines the structure of a traditional 180-day school calendar with the flexibility of online learning. FLVS Flex, the flexible option that provides online courses for Kindergarten-12th grade students who are either enrolled in traditional school and want to supplement their learning or are registered as homeschool students, is open for enrollment year-round.

“We understand and empathize with parents who are assessing their choices when it comes to which educational path will work best for their children,” said Robin Winder, Senior Director of Instruction for Florida Virtual School. “With more than 20 years of experience teaching students online, we have the tools, resources, and knowledge to help students thrive in the online environment, and we want families to know we are here to support them and help their children’s individual needs.”

The 2020-21 school year state assessment results for FLVS Full Time saw increases in student performance across grades 3-10, when compared to the 2019 results. These results highlight how FLVS students were able to master their course content and excel in the online setting during a time when many were new to online learning. In addition, the latest survey conducted by FLVS reveals that 94% of parents believe online learning has a positive impact on their children’s ability to understand course content. Most parents also note that online learning positively impacts their children’s education experience, resulting in increased ability to focus, motivation to finish homework, and the confidence to be authentically themselves.

Florida Virtual School offers full-time and part-time flexible options for grades Kindergarten-12. Students have access to more than 190 courses – including core, electives/specials, Advanced Placement, and Career and Technical Education courses – all tuition-free for Florida residents, and taught by state-certified teachers using a curriculum developed specifically for the online learning environment to ensure students’ success.

To learn more about FLVS Full Time, FLVS Flex, and other schooling options, visit flvs.net. Students outside of Florida can also enroll in Global School, our national tuition-based Kindergarten-12th grade online school; visit flvsglobal.net for more information.

Survey Methodology
The survey was conducted by Florida Virtual School in August 2021 and was deployed to parents of children of all grade levels, including FLVS Full Time and FLVS Flex student populations. The 18-question survey was composed of three school history questions and 15 questions on parents’ perspective on how online learning impacted their children and the skills they acquired. Question types included Likert ratings and single- and multi-select multiple choice. Of those invited, 3,248 parents/guardians completed all questions on the survey. Statistical analyses of responses revealed important insights about how parents perceive the importance of online education in their children’s future. To read the complete survey results and analysis, click here.