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Frequently Asked Questions


    • What information do you need for enrollment at your school?

      We need the following:

      • A photocopy of your child's birth certificate;
      • A school-entry health exam dated within one year of your child's enrollment date;
      • A Florida immunization certificate;
      • Proof of residency if your child will be enrolling in courses at FLVS; and
      • An enrollment form.

      Please read through these FAQs and our New Student Enrollment page for more information.

    • I do not have a copy of my child's birth certificate. Will you accept something else?

      If you do not have your child's birth certificate, we will accept one of the following:

      • A duly attested transcript of a certificate of baptism showing the date of birth and place of baptism of your child, accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by you;
      • An insurance policy on your child’s life that has been in force for at least 2 years;
      • A bona fide contemporary religious record of your child’s birth accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by you; or
      • A passport or certificate of arrival in the United States showing the age of your child.

      If you do not have any of the above, and your child was born in Florida, you can request your child's birth record from the Florida Department of Health. If your child was born in a different state, you can find out where to write for vital records at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      If your child's birth certificate was provided to his or her previous school, we can request it from the school with your signed authorization. You must provide your child's birth certificate for Kindergarten entrance.

    • Our children recently had physicals, but we do not have signed school entry health exams. Do they have to be re-examined?

      Certification of a school entry health examination does not have to be documented on DH Form 3040, but the examination must have been performed within one year of their enrollment date. We can accept a signed statement by an authorized professional that indicates the results of the components included in the health examination.

      If your child's health exam was provided to his or her previous school, we can request it from the school with your signed authorization.

    • My child's immunizations were administered in another state. Can I send what I have?

      If you recently moved to Florida from another state, you must have your child's vaccination history transferred to Florida's Form DH 680, Certification of Immunization. This form is completed by Florida county health departments and private healthcare providers. Please read our article on vaccines and immunizations for more information about Florida's immunization requirements.

    • We don't have the required health records. Can we just state that we do not want our children to be examined or immunized?

      Florida law only allows a parent to object to health examinations and immunizations on religious grounds. We have sample religious exemption letters here.

    • If we're educating our children at home, why do you need health records?

      All private schools are required to have this information pursuant to Florida Statute 1003.22.

    • What documents do you accept for proof of residency?

      We accept the following documents for proof of residency. We will need one document from each group, and the names on your documents must match.

      Group A (Choose One)

      • Utility bill dated within the last 60 days
      • Property tax statement
      • Mortgage statement or home purchase contract*
      • Lease/rental agreement

      Group B (Choose One)

      • Florida driver's license
      • Florida state issued ID card
      • Automobile insurance policy
      • Bank account statement

      If your family resides with someone else, please contact us for approved alternatives. 

      If your family is currently assigned to military duty and you are residing in Florida or stationed in a different state, we will accept a copy of military orders DD2058 or other military document showing that Florida is your home of record or legal residence.

      *If you are providing a copy of your home purchase contract, you will need to provide a copy of the deed within 60 days of your closing date.

    • Do you need my child's previous school's records?

      We do not need elementary or middle school records. We only need high school transcripts for students enrolling into our diploma program.

      Some schools want other schools to request their records as a way of verifying that their student has been enrolled somewhere else. If you would like us to request your child's records from his or her previous school (for this reason or any other reason), then please include a Records Request and Authorization form with your enrollment documents.
    • How secure are my children's school records and personal information?

      We take the security of your and your children's personal information seriously. Our students' permanent school records are stored in locked, fire-proof file cabinets, and documents containing obsolete personal information are shredded and destroyed. Digital records are kept offline on password protected drives. We do not use outside sources or third party services (e.g.; Google's services or cloud storage) to store personal information, and we do not share our students' records unless required by law without explicit parental/guardian or student consent.

    • Do I have to notify anyone that I am enrolling my child in your school?

      If your child is not enrolled in any Florida home education program, public school, or private school, then you do not need to notify anyone of your educational choice to enroll your child in our school.

      Students enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy are private school students–not homeschool students as defined in s. 1002.41. You do not send a notice of intent to establish a home education program to your district school superintendent if you enroll your child in our school.

    • Who do I notify if my child is enrolled in a public school?

      If your child is currently enrolled as a public school student, then you will need to withdraw your child from the public school. Your district school will have a form for you to complete. They will ask where your child is going so that they can assign the appropriate withdrawal code. Make sure you specify that your child is (or will be) enrolled in a private school, not a home education program.

      Some schools prefer that parents withdraw their children before enrolling them into another school, some schools prefer that parents withdraw their children after enrolling them into another school, and some schools don't have a preference. In any case, be sure to formally withdraw your child in a timely manner to avoid any potential truancy issues. (See Florida Statute 1003.26)

    • Who do I notify if my child is enrolled in a private school?

      If your child is currently enrolled in another private school, you will need to formally withdraw your child from the other school. Your school may have a particular policy regarding this, but you should only need to provide them with something in writing stating that you are withdrawing your child.

    • Who do I notify if my child is registered as a homeschooler with our district school?

      If you are homeschooling in Florida, that is you sent your district school superintendent a notice of intent to establish a home education program, then you must send them a termination notice, along with your child's annual evaluation, within 30 days of your child's enrollment at Aspiring Heights Academy. Your district school may have a form you can download, or you can download a termination notice here. (The requirement to include your child's annual evaluation with your termination notice was added to s. 1002.41(1)(c) in 2018.)

    • What is FLVS?

      FLVS-Affiliation 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 offered to Florida students: FLVS Flex Elementary, FLVS Flex (formerly known as FLVS Part Time) and FLVS Full Time.

      1 The FLVS Flex Elementary program is designed for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

      2 The FLVS Flex program offers courses to students in grades six through twelve.

      3  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.

    • How do we sign up?

      Once your child is enrolled at AHA, you (or your child) will sign up at FLVS. (If your children already have FLVS accounts, they only need to change their school of record.) Learn More.

    • What happens to the courses my children are currently taking at FLVS if I enroll them in your school?

      Courses in progress will continue as usual. This applies to courses taken through FLVS Flex, FLVS Flex Elementary, and FLVS Full-Time. 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. 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 their courses being approved, but it can sometimes take longer. 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.

    • 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. 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. Sample lessons and course videos are available at FLVS.

      FLVS Flex Elementary 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 offers sample lessons, including printable worksheets, for many of their elementary courses.

    • 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. Students can expect grades to be posted within 48 hours. Substitute teachers are assigned periodically.

    • Are students expected to sign into class everyday?

      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.

    • How does my child withdraw from a course?

      If your child has not been assigned a classroom yet, the course can be dropped from his or her dashboard. If the course is active, you must 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.

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