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Online Learning Option Still Available For Families: Florida Virtual School Flex

Sep 01, 2021

Families With Students in Grades Kindergarten Through 12 Can Enroll in FLVS Flex Year-Round, and Incorporate One or More Courses Depending on their Needs

While enrollment for many online learning options has closed around the state, families can still enroll in Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Flex for students in grades Kindergarten through 12. This option allows families to enroll year-round, work at their own pace, and incorporate one or more courses as part of their education plan for the upcoming school year, giving each family the flexibility to make the decision that works best for them.

“We want families to know that our team is here for them every step of the way as they evaluate their options for this school year,” said Jason Schultz, senior director of instruction for FLVS. “With more than 2,500 certified online teachers who work one-on-one with students to understand their needs, 190 comprehensive and engaging courses, 60 fun and exciting clubs, 50 student service professionals who address the social and emotional needs of students, and more, FLVS Flex is a great option for students who may not be ready to go back to in-person learning.”

If families decide to take all their courses with FLVS Flex, they will need to register as a homeschool student in their zoned school district. Families do not need to register as a homeschool student if they plan on only taking one or two courses with FLVS Flex to supplement learning at their traditional zoned school.

Last year, Florida Virtual School saw unprecedented growth as many families discovered online learning for the first time, and based on projected enrollment numbers, Florida Virtual School will continue to be a popular option for students this year.

Florida Virtual School offers full-time and part-time flexible options for grades Kindergarten through 12. Students have access to more than 190 courses – including core, elective/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 facilitate student success.

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


Florida Virtual School Appoints Judith M. Marte as New Chief Financial Officer

Jul 27, 2021

Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the state’s leading online education provider, has appointed industry veteran Judith M. Marte as its new Chief Financial Officer. Marte brings more than 30 years of expertise in financial operations in public education, and will now lead all financial functions at FLVS.

Most recently, Marte served as the chief financial officer at two of the largest school districts in Florida, working at Broward Public Schools for four years, after 15 years serving Miami Dade County Schools in finance leadership roles. At FLVS, Marte will oversee the teams responsible for all financial operations, and as part of her role, she will ensure FLVS continues to use Florida taxpayer dollars in the most efficient, cost effective manner possible.

“We’re excited to welcome someone of Judith Marte’s caliber to the FLVS team,” said Dr. Louis Algaze, president and CEO for FLVS. “Her demonstrated ability as a leader, and her unstoppable drive to do what’s best for Florida students will be a great asset to FLVS, as we continue to grow and serve parents, students, and districts across the state.”

“After spending most of my career in brick-and-mortar institutions, there has never been a better time to join an online education innovator like Florida Virtual School,” said Judith Marte. “I look forward to working alongside a team of visionary leaders to continue paving the way for online learning.”

During the 2021-22 school year, FLVS saw unprecedented enrollment growth, as families and school districts across Florida and the nation searched for online education solutions. FLVS Full Time experienced a 98% increase in the number of students, while FLVS Flex – the part time option offering students the opportunity to take online courses in addition to attending their zoned school – saw a 57% increase in course requests from July 1 - Sept. 30, 2020.

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

Enrollment for the FLVS Full Time option is still open for grades Kindergarten-eighth, and enrollment for FLVS Flex is open year-round. To learn more about FLVS Full Time and FLVS Flex, visit flvs.net


Florida Virtual School Full Time Enrollment Deadline Extended Through August 13 for Grades Kindergarten-Eighth

Jul 16, 2021

Enrollment for FLVS Full Time Grades 9-12 Closes Today

As parents and students continue to evaluate their options for the upcoming school year, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has extended the enrollment deadline for the full-time option, grades Kindergarten-eighth, until August 13, allowing each family to make the decision that works best for them. Enrollment for FLVS Full Time, grades 9-12 closes today, July 16. 

During the 2021-22 school year, FLVS saw unprecedented enrollment growth as many families were exposed to online learning for the first time. While applications for FLVS Full Time continue to be submitted for the next school year, the number of applications received so far outpaces pre-pandemic levels of applications received.

Florida Virtual School offers full-time and part-time flexible options for grades Kindergarten through 12. Students have access to more than 190 courses – including core, elective/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.

Recently, FLVS launched eight new courses for the 2021-22 school year with an emphasis on strengthening students’ workforce skills, including Environmental Science, featuring the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Cybersecurity Essentials, Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism, the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Program, and more. To learn about all the new courses coming this school year, visit flvs.net.

Families that would like to incorporate one or more online courses as part of their education plan for the upcoming school year can enroll in FLVS Flex year-round. To learn more about FLVS Full Time, FLVS Flex and other options, visit flvs.net. Students outside of Florida can also enroll through FLVS Global School; visit flvsglobal.net for more information. 


Florida Virtual School Launches New Courses for 2021-22 School Year with a Focus on Curriculum that Develops Students' Workforce Skills

Jun 28, 2021

Courses Include Environmental Science Featuring the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Cybersecurity Essentials, Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism, and More, Preparing Students for the Most In-Demand Jobs Globally

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift the employment landscape, the demand for soft skills is more important than ever. To strengthen students’ workforce skills, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is launching new courses for the 2021-22 school year with an emphasis on Career and Technical Education courses (CTE), as well as the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma Program that allows students to master a broad range of skills critical for success in college and employment.

According to the ManpowerGroup’s Q3 2021 Employment Outlook Survey, 69% of employers are reporting difficulty in filling jobs as talent shortages reach the highest levels in 15 years. The new courses at FLVS are preparing students for the most in-demand jobs globally, which according to the same Employment Outlook Survey, includes positions in IT and data, operations and logistics, marketing and sales, and manufacturing and production. The courses are now open for enrollment and are a mix of core and elective courses for grades 6-12, tuition-free for Florida students, and include:

  • Environmental Science, featuring the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation – Developed in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the course encourages students to take action and positively impact the environment, while also showcasing dozens of STEM careers. The course includes many hands-on, call-to-action, and enrichment activities that allow students to interact with the environment, immersing them in case studies of environmental problems and success stories around the world. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are a focus of the course and inspire students to become global citizens through soft skills like leadership, social influence, collaboration, and active learning and curiosity.
  • Cybersecurity Essentials – Designed to encourage students to enter the cybersecurity profession where there are more than 500,000 open jobs in the U.S. and more than six million worldwide, this course explores available jobs within cybersecurity, allowing students to envision their path in the workforce. Students will learn about protecting firewalls, why companies use multi-factor authentication, as well as how to interview with companies and develop a resume. This is the final course in a series of three, all part of the Applied Cybersecurity Program of Study. All three courses include competency-based applied learning that contributes to higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, and occupation-specific skills. At the end of the program, students can earn the CompTIA Security+ industry certification.
  • Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism – The strongest hiring outlook in the U.S. is anticipated in leisure and hospitality, with 41% payroll gain in the third quarter of 2021, according to ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the industry and potential roles to consider directly from industry professionals, including two former theme park experts, students will learn some of the most in-demand soft skills in the workplace, including how to adapt in an ever-changing environment, reasoning, and problem-solving. As part of this course, students also get to plan a vacation as an assignment, and are introduced to mini-familiarization tours for a variety of destinations throughout the world.
  • Agricultural Communications 2 – This is the second course in the Agriculture Communications Program of Study, focusing students on the marketing and communications materials needed to keep communities informed about sustainable farming and agriculture. Throughout the program, students learn how to best present themselves to land their dream job and have the unique experience to interview an agriscience expert related to their career interest. At the end of this course, students can earn the Agricultural Communications Specialist industry certification.
  • Hebrew 1 – This world language course allows students to learn beginning grammar and vocabulary skills to build basic fluency and language proficiency, while also immersing them in the beauty of the Modern Hebrew language and diverse culture. Hebrew 1 expands the already extensive variety of world language courses at FLVS, including Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
  • M/J Visual Art 1 – A beginner level arts course for grades 6-8 where students learn about the elements of art, techniques, and skills that will help bring their creativity to life with digital and physical materials.
  • M/J Visual Art 2 – Students in grades 6-8 explore the principles of art along with artistic themes like identity, earth art, and pop art. Both M/J Visual Art 1 and 2 teach core skills like creativity and originality.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma Program – Available to FLVS Flex high school students entering their sophomore or junior year, this program helps students develop strong research and writing skills for success in college and beyond. In addition, students can earn their AP Capstone Diploma or AP Seminar and Research Certificate from the College Board.
  • Cambridge AICE Diploma Program – This international curriculum and examination system is available to FLVS Full Time students, and teaches foundational skills essential for success in college and employment such as critical thinking, problem-solving, research, communication, and collaboration. Through a diverse curriculum of art and humanities, math and science, and world languages, students examine and explore issues relevant to their own lives.

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

Enrollment for the FLVS Full Time option is now open. Families that would like to incorporate one or more online courses as part of their education plan for the upcoming school year can enroll in FLVS Flex year-round. Students outside of Florida can also enroll through FLVS Global School; visit flvsglobal.net for more information. 

To learn more about FLVS Full Time, FLVS Flex, and the new courses for this school year, visit flvs.net

Enrollment at Florida Virtual School Full Time to Open on May 3, Flex Kindergarten-12 Options Also Available

Apr 29, 2021

Parents believe online learning will continue to play an important role in the next school year, survey reveals.

With the end of the 2020-21 school year approaching – for many students, the first full school year attending virtually – parents are facing the decision on how to move forward. Beginning May 3, students can apply for the full-time program at Florida Virtual School (FLVS), while families that would like to incorporate one or more online courses as part of their education plan for the upcoming school year, can enroll in FLVS Flex year-round.

As school districts across Florida continue to announce their options for the 2021-22 school year, the latest survey conducted by FLVS revealed that 65 percent of parents – regardless of their children’s grade level – expect online education to be a part of their child’s future for the next school year. Parents of younger children also feel confident that online learning will meet their kids’ education needs, with 55.5 percent of K-5 parents expressing the highest level of confidence in online learning compared to in-person.

Although too much screen time and infrequent social interaction are still a concern according to the survey results, parents also noted the benefits they’ve uncovered from online learning. Parents found that kids have developed better study habits, as the online environment allows them to focus more and have less distractions than in-person learning. The individualized experience was also a benefit, and parents felt that there is better and more frequent communication between parents and teachers.

“This past school year exposed many families to online learning for the first time, and although there were challenges, there were parents that noticed that an online learning environment is what their children needed to blossom,” said Robin Winder, Senior Director of Instruction for Florida Virtual School. “On the other hand, FLVS Flex is perfect for those that want to continue with some online courses, while still registered at their zoned school, or that are homeschooled; or for students that want to take advantage of the summer to get ahead, as they can start at any time.”

Florida Virtual School offers full-time and part-time flexible options for grades Kindergarten through 12. Students have access to more than 190 courses - including core, elective/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 options, visit FLVS.net. Students outside of Florida can also enroll through FLVS Global School; visit FLVSGlobal.net for more information. 

Survey methodology

The survey was conducted by Florida Virtual School in November 2020, and was deployed to parents of children of all grade levels, including FLVS Full Time and FLVS Flex student populations. The 22-question survey was composed of six demographic questions, two school history questions, five questions on parent concerns and levels of confidence associated with their children’s education, and nine questions on parent perspectives of their role in schooling and schooling in general. Question types included Likert ratings, single- and multi-select multiple choice, and short answer responses. Of those invited, 2,441 parents/guardians completed all questions on the survey. Statistical analyses of responses as well as thematic analysis of open responses revealed important insights about parents’ levels of confidence in online education and their concerns for the future. To read the complete survey results and analysis, click here.