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Student & Parent Information for the 2020-21 School Year

As the state’s online public school district, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is available to support students and families due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. We’re here to ensure students are able to continue their education.

Options for Online School

Florida Virtual School offers a variety of flexible and full-time options. Students seeking online education options due to COVID-19 are encouraged to enroll in FLVS Flex or FLVS Global. Students seeking enrollment on a full-time basis for the next school year (2020-21) are encouraged to consider FLVS Full Time.

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FLVS program differences
FLVS Flex for Public, Charter and Private School Students FLVS Flex for Homeschool Students FLVS Full Time School Open Enrollment from March 2 - July 31, 2020 (closing date subject to change) FLVS Global School for Non-Florida Residents
Fees Free to all Florida residents Free to all Florida residents Free to all Florida residents Tuition-based
Partial vs. Full Course Load Student takes one or more courses online with FLVS Flex to supplement traditional courses at his/her regular school. Student takes one or more courses online with FLVS Flex to support his/her homeschool education. Student takes all required courses for graduation online with FLVS Full Time, which is considered the student’s school of record. Student takes one or more courses (up to six at a time) online with FLVS Global School which may supplement traditional courses at his/her regular school or homeschool instruction.
Student Type Student may be also enrolled in a brick-and-mortar school (public, private, or charter). Student is recognized as public, private, or charter school student by the Florida Department of Education. Student is officially registered as a home education student through their district school office. Student is recognized as a homeschool student by the Florida Department of Education. Student is only enrolled with FLVS Full Time and no other brick-and-mortar school. Student is recognized as a public school student by the Florida Department of Education. Student may be also enrolled in a public, private, or charter school, or may be homeschooled.
FLVS Global School is not the school of record.
Teachers & Instruction FLVS certified teachers provide online instruction, using FLVS award-winning digital curriculum. FLVS certified teachers provide online instruction, using FLVS award-winning digital curriculum.
Home Education is a parent-directed educational option.
FLVS certified teachers provide online instruction, using FLVS award-winning digital curriculum. FLVS Global School certified teachers provide online instruction using FLVS award-winning digital curriculum.
Diploma FLVS Flex does not issue diplomas. FLVS Flex does not issue diplomas, however homeschooling parents will be provided assignments and documentation of coursework throughout the program for the student’s portfolio. Students in FLVS Full Time who meet graduation requirements will earn a State of Florida diploma. FLVS Global School does not issue diplomas, however homeschooling families may use coursework for the student’s portfolio.
Transcripts Brick-and-mortar school counselors are responsible for managing the student’s transcript. Parents/guardians are responsible for managing the student’s portfolio. FLVS Full Time school counselors manage the student’s transcript and issue official report cards. Families who pay FLVS Global School tuition directly are responsible for managing the student’s transcript.
Schools and districts that pay FLVS Global School tuition on behalf of a student are responsible for managing the student’s transcript.
Enrollment Period Enrollment is open year-round. Enrollment is open year-round. Enrollment is open from March 2 - July 31, 2020* for next school year (2020-21).
The first day of school is August 12, 2020.
*Closing date subject to change.
Enrollment is open year-round.
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Middle & High School
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Middle & High School
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How to Enroll

Course enrollment is easy and only takes a few moments!

View enrollment steps and requirements for FLVS Flex.

Course enrollment is easy and only takes a few moments!

View enrollment steps and requirements for FLVS Flex.

School enrollment follows a traditional admissions and registration process.

View enrollment steps and requirements for FLVS Full Time.

Schools and districts may enroll students with FLVS Global, or families may enroll directly.

Schools and districts outside Florida should submit a request to speak to an Account Manager.

Middle and High School Students can easily enroll directly with FLVS Global School. Review information about us, or click on Enroll Now at the bottom of the information screen to begin.

Elementary courses are now available to enroll for Fall 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and Students

COVID-19 Related Questions:

When the student is registered in the same class twice (at their school and with FLVS), this is considered a “concurrent enrollment” and must be adjusted prior to enrolling with FLVS by talking to your school counselor about the right courses to take through FLVS.
Each school should have counselors and school administrators still available to verify your FLVS Flex courses in the FLVS registration system. If course verifications are not taking place within a few days of registration, please contact your school counselor/administration.

Temporarily enrolled public, charter, and private school students should check with their school of record to see if there are course completion deadlines that have to be met.

Homeschooling parents set course completion deadlines for their students while following district guidelines for annual evaluations.

If you have questions regarding the McKay scholarship related to the impacts of COVID-19, please call the school choice hotline at 1-800-447-1636.

FLVS may be able to provide additional accommodations per a student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan if the accommodation(s) is/are applicable to the online educational environment. Please note, some accommodations may not be possible to implement in the online educational setting. For additional details, please refer to page 9 of the FLVS Flex Student and Parent Handbook.

If a student has a disability or impairment, this should be indicated when prompted during the FLVS enrollment process. Parents/guardians are responsible for submitting a copy of the student’s most current IEP or 504 Plan to FLVS.

Students with disabilities or impairments enrolled in FLVS Flex must work with their district of enrollment to receive any necessary ESE services, related services, evaluations, annual reviews, re-evaluations, and initial eligibility determinations.

General Questions:

As a public school district in the state of Florida, Florida Virtual School offers a number of different online learning options to students.

FLVS Full Time is a fully online public school requiring students take a standard public school course load of six courses per semester. The school runs on a traditional 180-day academic calendar (August to June) and serves as the school of record, managing all student transcripts and progress reports. It is open to students in Kindergarten-12th grade and issues diplomas to graduating high school seniors. As a public school, it requires students to meet all state testing requirements, including the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and End-of-Course (EOC) exams.

FLVS Flex allows students to take one or more online courses anytime during the year. It is open to homeschool students who want to customize their own schedule and curriculum or traditional students who take the majority of their courses at a public or private school.

Visit our options page or download the FLVS Options Comparison Matrix (PDF) to learn more.

With FLVS Flex, private school students can take online courses at school or at home to customize and enhance their education. Private schools may affiliate with FLVS free of charge to offer their students the flexibility of online learning. FLVS courses are also available to students who receive school choice scholarships, including the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, McKay Scholarship, and Gardiner/Personalized Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA). View eligibility details here.

We have prepared many resources to help parents in the online learning environment. Please visit our Homeschool Hub for information on how to get started and review all of the requirements on the Florida Department of Education website.

FLVS Flex courses can be taken as a homeschool student or as a supplement to students’ courses at their regular schools.

When enrolling in FLVS Flex, students who are enrolled in a traditional brick-and-mortar school do not have to withdraw from their school of record. When taking online courses as a public, private, or charter school student, the student's guidance counselor will approve online course enrollments. 

We are here to help ensure that families have choices when it comes to education. Learn more about our online learning options that are free to Kindergarten-12th grade students in the state of Florida. 

Students that live outside Florida or the U.S. can take FLVS courses through the FLVS Global School on a tuition basis.

*Unique requirements apply to Florida students who receive a school choice scholarship to attend private school or receive other educational services. Read more on scholarship student requirements.

Yes, FLVS digital courses meet Florida Standards.

FLVS, the district and its schools, is accredited by Cognia and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). SACS CASI is an accrediting division of Cognia.

FLVS core course curriculum has been approved by NCAA.

FLVS Elementary courses should not be used for extra practice or remediation for students who have been promoted to the next grade level. Because our courses are fully accredited and use the same course codes as those at traditional schools, any courses taken with FLVS will appear on your student’s transcripts.
FLVS currently offers Art, Physical Education (PE), Spanish and Computer Science as part of our elementary course offerings.

Questions?

Send us a message or call 1-800-374-1430.