Florida Virtual School (FLVS) FAQs
What is FLVS?
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is a state-funded, online K–12 public school that is free to all Florida students through age 19. There are three different Florida Virtual School programs: FLVS Flex Elementary, FLVS Flex (formerly known as FLVS Part Time) and FLVS Full Time.
The FLVS Flex Elementary program is designed for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Parents can choose between two different programs. 1 Students meet with their classmates and their teachers online two days a week and work independently with parental support three days a week, or 2 students work independently at their own pace.
The FLVS Flex program offers courses to students in grades six through twelve. Private school students may take up to six courses at a time, and they can enroll in courses during anytime of the year.
FLVS Full Time is online public school. Students enrolled in the FLVS Full Time program follow a traditional 180-day academic calendar, take a standard public school course load, participate in the Florida Statewide Assessment Program, and are eligible for public high school diplomas. There are specific enrollment periods. FLVS is the school of record, so you would not enroll in an umbrella school or establish a home education program.
May my child take courses at FLVS?
Yes! Aspiring Heights Academy students may enroll in FLVS Flex Elementary and FLVS Flex courses.
Note that we are required to verify that courses are appropriate for a student based on his or her academic history, age, and grade level and that any applicable prerequisites have been completed. Elementary students may take middle school level courses, and middle school students may take high school level courses if the courses are verified as appropriate. Learn More
How does my child sign up?
- For FLVS Flex, you will first select Sarasota under Choose a County, and then choose Private School Student under Choose a Student Type. You will later select our school from a drop down list.
- For FLVS Flex Elementary, you will first select Private School under Select the type of school your child will attend, then select Sarasota County under Select the county your child will reside in, and then select Aspiring Heights Academy under Select the school your child will attend.
See FLVS Enrollment for more information. If your child already has an FLVS account, you will only need to change the physical school under his or her Academic Profile (see next question).
What if my child is already taking courses at FLVS Flex or FLVS Flex Elementary?
If your child already has courses in progress, you or 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 Sarasota 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. This is because students in a Traditional School can only have a maximum of three (3) enrollments at a time. Our students may have up to six (6) enrollments at a time.
How many courses may my child take?
Based on FLVS course registration guidelines for private school students, FLVS Flex students may 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.
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. Students may request a future start date.
What are the courses like?
FLVS Flex students work independently. 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. Many courses also require students to attend live lessons. 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.
FLVS Flex Elementary students work with their teachers and with the guidance of their parents. Depending on the program chosen, students will either meet with their classmates and teachers online two days a week and work independently with parental support three days a week or work independently at their own pace.
Are students expected to sign into class everyday?
FLVS Flex students are allowed to work at their own pace and on days and at times that work for them, but they are expected to submit work regularly (usually 3-5 assignments a week). Additionally, parents are required to connect with their children's teachers (via phone or email) at least once per month.
FLVS Flex Elementary students enrolled in their traditional program are required to attend online class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a designated time. (Your child can make up a class by viewing the recorded session, but you must notify the teacher if your child is going to be absent from class time.) FLVS Flex Elementary students enrolled in their new program may attend optional class times and may work at their own pace.
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 (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.
Students may work ahead of pace and finish the course in less time. Also, students may work at a slower pace and finish the course in more time. In either case, it's important that students submit work regularly.
What if my child doesn't like a course?
FLVS gives students a 14 day grace period to try out a course. 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. A student may also be withdrawn from the course if the student fails to meet the initial submission requirements during the 14 day grace period.
Does my child have to take the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments?
No. Private school students enrolled at FLVS are not required to take EOC assessments. Students may take these tests, if desired. There are also certain circumstances in which students should take these tests. Learn More
I noticed my child's grade level was changed by FLVS. Can I revert this?
Yes. You only need to go into your child's Student Profile and select the correct grade level. Note that FLVS automatically calculates a student's projected graduation date based on his or her grade level.