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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.

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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.

Which Option is Right for You?
  • FLVS Flex for Public, Private, & Charter Students
  • Free to All Florida Residents
  • 1-3 courses per Semester Hint
  • Award-winning FLVS curriculum
  • Taught by Florida Certified Teachers
  • Diploma Granted by School of Record
  • School of Record Counselors guide course progression plans Hint
  • Enrollment is Open Year-Round
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • FLVS Flex for Homeschool Students
  • Free to All Florida Residents
  • 1-6 Courses per Semester Hint
  • Award-winning FLVS curriculum
  • Taught by Florida Certified Teachers
  • N/A Hint
  • Parents or Guardians guide course progression plans Hint
  • Enrollment is Open Year-Round
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • FLVS Full Time
  • Free to All Florida Residents
  • 6 Courses per Semester Hint
  • Award-winning FLVS curriculum
  • Taught by Florida Certified Teachers
  • Diploma Granted by FLVS Full Time Hint
  • FLVS Counselors guide course progression plans Hint
  • Enrollment is Open Prior to Each Semester
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • FLVS Global School for Non-Florida Residents
  • Tuition-Based
  • 1-6 Courses per Semester Hint
  • Award-winning FLVS curriculum
  • Taught by State Certified Teachers
  • Diploma Granted by School of Record Hint
  • School of Record Counselors guide course progression plans Hint
  • Enrollment is Open Year-Round
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and Students

General Information

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.

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

For general tips and insights on how to make the most of learning online, please visit our award-winning Online Learning Community.

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.

Students do not have to withdraw from their school of record to take classes through FLVS Flex. All public, private, or charter school students can enroll in FLVS Flex to supplement their traditional brick-and-mortar classes with online courses.

Once a student registers for online courses on FLVS.net, his/her school counselor will be automatically notified of the FLVS course enrollment. The student's guidance counselor will then approve the selected online courses within 3-5 business days.

Homeschool Notice: Parents who registered their children as full-time homeschoolers with their local Home Education office will need to approve their children’s course selection by following instructions in the Welcome Email once registered with FLVS.

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.

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.

Decisions related to meeting graduation requirements will continue to be determined by the student’s brick-and-mortar school. FLVS Flex does not issue diplomas.

For more information on all the FLVS school options, including FLVS Full Time, please see the 2020-21 FLVS Brochure.

We have recorded info sessions you can view on your own schedule. You can also join our Facebook group to view open office hours offering live Q&A sessions on Zoom.

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Registration Information

Start your enrollment now by clicking the “Enroll” button in the top navigation of FLVS.net or by visiting the Enrollment Page.

To enroll with FLVS Flex, please follow five (5) simple steps outlined on the Enrollment Page to get started.

To enroll with FLVS Full Time, please read the requirements and get your application started at FLVS.net/FullTime.

Our online enrollment is self-paced with guided information to help you along each step of the process.

FLVS Flex: Once you register for courses on FLVS.net, your school counselor will be automatically notified of your course enrollment. Your counselor will then approve your selected courses within 3-5 business days.

Homeschool Notice: Parents who registered their children as full-time homeschoolers with their local Home Education office will need to approve their children’s course selection by following instructions in the Welcome Email once registered with FLVS.

Once the courses are approved, the FLVS instructional team will schedule your first Welcome Call with your new teachers!

FLVS Full Time: Once the FLVS admissions team receives your child’s information, they will review your application and will contact you within 3 weeks to get you enrolled for the upcoming fall semester, starting on August 19, 2020.

Enrollment for FLVS Full Time is now closed. If you applied on or before July 31, 2020, applications are still under review. Due to the high volume of new applications, some students may be placed in their classes in September. A delayed start date will still allow students to complete all courses by the end of the semester. If your child has a later start date, our supportive teachers will work closely with each student to ensure he/she stays on pace with the class. Our online courses are designed to be flexible, self-paced, and adjustable to various schedules.

However, should you chose to start schooling in August, FLVS Flex offers identical classes to FLVS Full Time, although you will still need to be registered through your local school district. Please check our FAQ here on the difference between FLVS Flex and Full Time.

Be sure to check your email for notifications on the status of your FLVS Full Time application. Please note: It is not necessary to contact/call FLVS for status updates. The FLVS admissions team is currently processing applications within a 3-week time frame.

The fall semester starts on August 19, 2020, however, due to the high volume of new applications, some students may be placed in their classes in September. A delayed start date will still allow students to complete all courses by the end of the semester.

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.

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.

Students who wish to only take online classes temporarily for the fall semester or the 2020-21 school year can easily transfer back to their brick-and-mortar school. Grades received at FLVS will be on the official student transcript. We encourage students to fully complete their FLVS courses prior to switching schools.

Courses and Instruction

FLVS offers more than 190 award-winning digital courses online. The courses meet all the state standards, and are available for every grade level from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

FLVS Offers:

  • Core Courses
  • AP Courses
  • Electives
  • Career and Technical Education

FLVS Course Catalog:

We invite you to explore all the courses offered in our FLVS Course Catalog (PDF).

FLVS develops its own rigorous, award-winning curriculum that features:

  • Interactive Lessons and Modules
  • Videos
  • Written Lessons
  • Assessments, Quizzes, and Exams

The lessons focus on engagement and achievement that allow students to master key concepts. Our mastery-based learning model allows students to work at their pace, moving on only once they have mastered the content.

Students choose from a full catalog of more than 190 online courses for grades Kindergarten–12. We invite you to explore all the courses offered in our FLVS Course Catalog (PDF).

Students in grades Kindergarten-12 can register for credit courses through FLVS. If you aren't sure which course to take, view our FLVS Course Progression Recommendations for students in Florida.

Public, private, and charter school students should also contact their school counselors for academic advice as to their academic needs.

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.

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.

All Florida Virtual School courses are taught by dedicated Florida’s state-certified teachers who are specifically trained to teach in the online learning environment. FLVS has more than 1,800 virtual teachers from across Florida and an instructional model built on 22 years of successful online teaching.

FLVS students receive 1:1 personalized instruction and support from all of their teachers. FLVS teachers frequently communicate with students and parents through email, calls, and text messaging, and are available Monday through Friday for personalized support.

All new courses start with an introductory Welcome Call from the course teacher to get the student oriented to the new learning environment.

Still have questions?

Browse our FAQs for elementary parents or detailed FAQs for our school options:
FLVS Flex FAQs FLVS Full Time FAQs

You can also send us a message or call 1-800-374-1430.