Florida Virtual School (FLVS)
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is a state-funded, online K–12 public school that is free to all Florida students through age 19. Students enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy are eligible to take elementary, middle, and high school level courses under the FLVS Flex program. 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. First grade students must have successfully completed a Kindergarten program.
- 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 two different Florida Virtual School programs offered to Florida students: FLVS Flex (formerly known as FLVS Part Time) and FLVS Full Time.
1 FLVS Flex provides free online courses to students in Elementary school, middle school, and high school. Student may take as few as one course and as many as six. Statewide assessments are not required. Enrollment is open year-round.
2 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 students would not also be enrolled in an umbrella school or in a home education program.
- Are there any specific eligibility requirements?
Yes. Students must be legal Florida residents. There are also specific age requirements and limitations. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten courses, and students must be 6 years old on or before September 1 to enroll in first grade courses. First grade students must also have successfully completed Kindergarten. Students can only enroll in courses through age 19, and all coursework must be completed prior to turning 21.
- How do we sign up?
You will sign up at flvs.net. Please see their step-by-step guide for registration instructions. For the elementary program, students will first be asked about their location. For the school type, you will choose private school. For the county, you will choose Sarasota (since that is where our school is located). For the school, you will choose Aspiring Heights Academy. Middle and high school students will first select their courses before being asked to create an account.
Students with existing FLVS accounts will only need to change their physical school to Aspiring Heights Academy under their Academic Profile. Please see our FLVS page for more information.
- What if my child is taking FLVS courses through another school or homeschool?
Most courses in progress will continue as usual. If your child is taking a course though a district franchise, your child will be able to continue the course if it is also offered at FLVS Flex.
When changing your child's school of record (see How do we sign up? above), you may receive an email from FLVS stating that you need to review your current enrollments with the new Physical School Guidance counselor. We will contact you if there are any issues that need to be addressed.
- 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. Selecting both segments in a two segment course counts as one course. 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?
Classrooms are usually assigned within 48 hours of the courses being approved, but it can sometimes take longer if seats are not available. Once classrooms are assigned, students can begin their courses. If you notice an extended delay, please let us know and we will see if we can expedite placement.
Students may request a future start date, but note that the FLVS "preferred start date" option is not what it suggests. According to FLVS, "once the student’s preferred start date has arrived, students can expect to be placed in their course within just a few days." This means that if you would like your child to start a course on a specific date, you should select a "preferred start date" a few days before the date you actually want to start. If by chance your child is immediately place in the course, you can ask the teacher to wait until the date you actually wanted to start to activate your child in the course.
- What are the courses like?
FLVS Flex Elementary and middle school students work with their teachers and with the guidance of their parents. Parents are expected to help their students navigate through the course, monitor their students' progress, and ensure their students master course content. FLVS Flex high school students work independently. Sometimes students are required to download (free) software and/or visit external websites to complete assignments. Middle and high school courses include live lessons and classmate collaboration 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. FLVS offers sample high school level lessons and course videos and Elementary level sample lessons and printable worksheets.
- Does FLVS provide school supplies?
No. You need to ensure your child has a computer, an Internet connection, and any supplies needed for the course your child is taking (pencils, notebooks, rulers, software (free), library books, etc.). See the materials list provided with each course and FLVS System Requirements for more information. Your child will also need email access and access to a telephone to be able to communicate with teachers.
- When are teachers available?
Teachers are (ideally) available Monday through Friday from 8AM to 8PM, but sometimes they can be hard to reach. Messages are generally returned within 24 hours. Substitute teachers are assigned periodically.
- Are students expected to sign into class everyday?
No. 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.
- How long do courses take to complete?
Depending on the course, courses can take between 16 and 36 weeks to complete. Courses are divided into segments (semesters), and each segment takes between 16-18 weeks to complete. Some middle school and high school level courses have two segments; some have only one. Students are not required to take both segments of a two segment course. Each high school 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. We encourage parents and students to reach out to their assigned teachers if they are struggling with the material or the pace.
- 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. Note that a student may also be withdrawn from a course if the student fails to meet the initial submission requirements during the 14 day grace period.
- Can my child retake a course?
Students can retake a course that has not been passed with a grade "C" or better. Elementary students cannot retake courses once they have been promoted to the next grade level.
- How does my child withdraw from a course?
If a classroom has not been assigned yet, the course can be dropped from your child's dashboard. Once a classroom is assigned, you will need to call or email the assigned teacher to request withdrawal.
- Does my child have to take the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments?
No. Our students 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
- My child's grade level was changed by FLVS. How to I correct this?
This can happen when FLVS starts their new school year. 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.
What We Need
Because FLVS is a Florida public school, we are required to verify that students taking courses with FLVS meet statutory eligibility requirements to receive Florida public education. This includes verifying the student's age, residency, and academics. We require age verification on enrollment at AHA, but if your child will be enrolling in courses at FLVS, you must also provide us with proof of Florida residency. If your child will be entering first grade, we will need documentation of Kindergarten completion. As email is not a secure medium, we discourage you from emailing your documents to us. If you choose to email them, note that we cannot accept scans or photos taken with a mobile device.
We accept copies of the following documents for proof of residency. To protect your identity, we recommend that you mail your documents. We will need one document from Group A and one document from Group B. Your documents must be current, dated, and at least one name and the address on both documents must match. You are welcome to block out sensitive information such as your account balance, but your documents must show the date, at least one of the names provided on your enrollment form, and your residential address. You will upload one of the documents below to FLVS as well.
* If you are providing a copy of your home purchase contract, a copy of the deed must be provided within 60 days of your closing date.
If your family resides with another person or family, you may complete a Residency Affidavit. We will need one document from Group B from the parent or guardian and one document from Group A from the homeowner or lessor. Residency Affidavits must be completed annually.
If your family is living outside of Florida due to military service, we will also need a copy of military orders DD2058 or other military document showing that Florida is your home of record or legal residence.
For extraordinary circumstances, please contact us for approved alternatives.
What FLVS Will Need New!
In addition to providing proof of residency to us, you will also need to provide proof of residency to FLVS. You will be given 30 days from the date your student creates an account or from the date your student with an existing account requests a new course to upload one of the above documents.
What Students Need
Students will need regular access to the following:
- Computer (see FLVS Systems Requirements for details)
- Internet Service
We are required to supply FLVS with proof of Florida residence for students taking courses at FLVS. We are also required to provide additional information to FLVS as needed about students taking courses at FLVS.
Before you (or your child) can begin selecting courses, you will need to give FLVS your location. When you are asked to choose a county, you will select Sarasota County since that is where our school is located. Students will sign up as Private School students, not Home School students. Students with existing FLVS accounts only need to change their physical school to Aspiring Heights Academy under their Academic Profile.
Students may enroll in up to six courses at a time. Selecting both segments in a two segment course counts as one course. When students are asked whether the course is on your course schedule with their physical school, they should select No, this is not on my class schedule.
We are notified when students request courses. 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. (FLVS may verify the academic readiness of elementary students wanting to take middle school level courses.) After we have approved the requested courses, classrooms will be assigned. Classrooms are usually assigned within 48 hours of their requests being approved.
Here are a few links you may find helpful.
- Sample Course Progression Recommendations Look here to find out which courses students typically take.
- Parent/Guardian Account Create an account here to monitor your child's account and courses.
- End-of-Course Assessments Look here for testing dates and FLVS resources.
- Transcript Request Click here to request an official FLVS transcript.
A Note About End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
Aspiring Heights Academy students are not required to take the EOC assessments that are aligned with some FLVS courses, however they may be eligible to take them, if desired. Please read End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments for more information. Florida Statute 1003.4282 states that a private school student who is transferring to a Florida public high school and whose transcript shows a credit in Algebra I must pass the Algebra I EOC assessment in order to earn a standard high school diploma. If the transfer student's transcript shows a final grade and course credit in Algebra I, Geometry, Biology I, or U.S. History, the transferring course final grade and credit will be honored without the student taking the EOC assessment.