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Frequently Asked Questions

    • 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: 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.

    • What happens to the courses my children are currently taking if 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 verified, 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. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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