General Information

As a public school district, 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 to learn more.  

Florida school districts are also required to offer full-time virtual programs to their resident students. Some local districts use Florida Virtual School as a provider for their program or curriculum. In these programs, the student remains a student of the resident district, must be enrolled with the district, and must be approved by the district to enter the program. These students receive a diploma from the resident district once they meet all state/district requirements.

Florida Residents: FLVS is FREE to Florida residents.

Out-of-state Students: 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. Learn more here.

FLVS is accredited as a school district system by Advance Education, Inc. (AdvancED). The various FLVS schools are accredited by SACS CASI (Southern Association of College and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement). Our courses meet all of the Florida Standards. 

FLVS Flex homeschool students are not eligible to receive a diploma or GED directly from FLVS. However, students enrolled in FLVS Full Time do graduate with a diploma. For these students following a traditional 180-day academic calendar, FLVS Full Time becomes the primary school of record and issues high school diplomas to graduating seniors.

Public or private school students who take courses with FLVS Flex to supplement or enhance their schedule have grades sent to their current school. Transcripts, report cards, and diplomas are issued by the public or private school according to your school’s policies and procedures.

Unlike students at a traditional school, homeschool students taking courses on a flexible schedule through FLVS Flex register with their local school district. That means parents are responsible for maintaining their students’ records and following homeschool guidelines for their district. Many homeschool students provide a Homeschool Completion Affidavit, transcripts, and/or a portfolio to prospective colleges or universities upon completing their high school coursework.

Per Florida statue 1003.428, all high school students must complete an online course prior to graduation. An online high school course taken in grades 6–8 fulfills this requirement. If you choose to take a 1.0 credit course that is two segments (English I, Algebra I, etc.), you must complete both segments. If the course is a half-credit course (Law Studies, Outdoor Education, etc.), you will meet the requirement by completing the course to earn your 0.5 credits. View the online learning requirement section below to learn more.

FLVS Flex will enroll students through age 19. The student's age on the date of the course enrollment (that is, the date on which a complete registration or course request for a course segment is made) may not be older than 19. Students must complete all coursework, including final exam, before their 21st birthday. Exceptional education students who have not earned a standard diploma remain eligible for educational services through the end of the school year in which they become 22 years old.

To sign up for FLVS Flex Elementary, children must meet the age requirements for Kindergarten admission in the State of Florida.

Any children of military personnel who are in good standing in their Florida school district (including public, private, or homeschool students) may take courses with FLVS Flex. Children of military families who are permanent Florida residents currently residing outside the state may take FLVS courses free of charge by registering as homeschool students with their Florida district of record or by enrolling in our full-time public school option, FLVS Full Time. Military families residing outside of Florida with no established Florida residency are not eligible to take free courses through FLVS Flex or FLVS Full Time, but may enroll in our tuition-based option, FLVS Global School.

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.

Our goal is to provide an exemplary educational experience for all students. FLVS is a school of choice and should be considered only if FLVS is the most appropriate choice based on the unique needs of the student. Students should meet the profile for success set forth by FLVS. All students are required to follow the instructional policies enforced at FLVS and must agree to such upon registration.

If a student has a disability or impairment, this should be indicated when prompted during registration at FLVS. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing FLVS a copy of the student’s most current IEP (Individual Educational Plan) or 504 Plan. These documents should be submitted directly to FLVS by the parent/guardian. Directions to submit these documents are provided during registration and can be viewed at any time.

All students at FLVS have access to many accommodations that naturally occur in the virtual setting. In addition, FLVS may be able to provide additional accommodations per a student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan if the accommodation(s) is/are applicable to the online educational environment. Please note that some accommodations may not be possible to implement in the online educational setting.

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.

Students/families are encouraged to communicate regularly with their teachers at FLVS Flex to determine whether the virtual educational environment can appropriately meet the needs of the student. FLVS Flex offers a grace period for families to determine if the online environment is an appropriate fit. Please be sure to discuss the limitations of this grace period with your FLVS teacher immediately upon enrollment in FLVS Flex.

Yes! FLVS Flex Elementary is free to all Florida students in Kindergarten-grade 5. This innovative learning model allows students to work both online and offline through engaging learning activities.

View the elementary section below to learn more.

Course Information

Yes. Every FLVS course is taught by state-certified instructors—experts in their subject areas. Teachers and students interact regularly through phone, email, text, and live lessons. Students are encouraged to contact their teachers when there is a need of any kind. Teachers speak via telephone with students and their parents at least once per month.

Public/Private School Students: Visit your school counselor for academic advice as to your academic needs.

Homeschooled Students: View our Course Progression Recommendations found on our Homeschool Resources page.

Almost all of our courses may be taken for Regular or Honors credit. Register for regular, then inform your teacher once placed in the regular version of your desire to work for honors credit.
Public / Private Students: Make sure your school counselor is aware of your choice prior to notifying your FLVS instructor.

Yes, FLVS offers online Advanced Placement courses for several subject areas. An AP course is a college-level learning experience, which requires that students be academically prepared and willing to invest the necessary time and effort.

We offer a variety of free, fully-accredited online courses to Florida high school students, including core options that fulfill NCAA course requirements. Learn how our core courses can help you stay NCAA eligible. To see a list of approved courses, visit the NCAA website, enter the portal, and click the resources tab.

Students will need daily access to a computer, phone, and internet. Please check to be sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements. If specific materials or supplies are required for an individual course, these will be listed in the course description. At the start of the course, your teachers will outline any other requirements.

Students will be placed in their requested course as quickly as possible, in most cases, within 72 hours after completing registration and required approvals.

Due to the amount of time each course takes to complete, we recommend:
Homeschooled students: Not more than 4-6 courses at a time if FLVS will be their sole provider.
Public/Private school students: Not more than 3 courses at a time.

Students can register and enroll in courses 12 months a year. FLVS Flex does not follow a traditional academic calendar, so the start time is flexible. When you register, you can select your preferred start date. We will do our best to place you on your preferred start date.  However, placement at that time is not guaranteed. As students are assigned to instructors, a welcome call must then be completed. Once the welcome call is complete, you may begin working in the course.

FLVS courses are designed for semester-based terms. Since time is not a constant in our online courses, you will have flexibility of pace and can discuss details with your teacher upon activation in the course.

Yes! Students can elect to do extra assignments each week, therefore completing the course in less time. All courses have a traditional pace chart which will keep you on track but you can work with your teacher to tailor a pace chart that meets your accelerated needs.  

Online Course Requirement

On June 2, 2011, Governor Rick Scott signed the Digital Learning Act into law, as part of House Bill 7197. All incoming 9th grade students in Florida are now required to complete an online course as part of the 24 credits required for graduation. An online high school course taken in grades 6–8 fulfills this requirement. For more information and a summary of the bill, click here. Exemption for IEP – This requirement does not apply to students who have an IEP indicating that an online course is inappropriate. Students with an IEP who have less than 1 academic year remaining in high school are also exempt.

While most FLVS courses will fulfill the Digital Learning Act requirement, there are a few important exceptions. If a student signs up for a 1.0 credit course that consists of two segments, he or she must complete both segments in order to fulfill the requirement. If a student signs up for a half-credit course which consists of only one segment, he or she only needs to complete that one segment to earn their 0.5 credits and fulfill the requirement.

When a student completes a course, FLVS will provide the school and students with a transcript. Students can simply show that transcript to their guidance counselor who will handle the rest.

Course Registration

You can view and request middle and high school courses in our Course Catalog. If you're a new student, you will create your account during the registration process.

Log in to your account twice a week using your username and password. Check your Student Dashboard to see if there is a green “X” next to your course.

Please make sure the email address you entered during the admissions process is current, as FLVS will send important emails to this address. Due to spam filters, users with an AOL email address may experience issues receiving emails from FLVS. You will need to provide your email address as well as your parent or guardian's during registration. Both of you will receive emails to finish the sign-up process. Read those emails all the way through, as they will contain important information. You will also receive a phone call to verify your registration.

Assignments & Grading

Each student is required to submit a specific amount of work each week to maintain the appropriate pace decided on by teacher and student. The number of required weekly submissions depends on the course taken. Failure to maintain pace results in warnings, reduced grades, and, if unheeded, withdrawal from the course.

All FLVS courses have a Pace Chart embedded in them. This allows students to know exactly what is expected to be submitted on a weekly basis, whether they choose a traditional, extended, or accelerated pace. Teachers assist students in modifying the chart to reflect their chosen pace.

Upon entering the course, students have access to ALL assignments, but access to tests or quizzes may not be available until certain assignments have been completed. Students move sequentially through the course, but may be allowed to occasionally move ahead or test out of certain areas, pending instructor approval.

Every graded assessment is recorded in the student's personal Gradebook, which is available to all parents who know the student's user name and password—something we highly recommend! Routinely monitoring grades allows you to see student progress over time. All graded assignments and current overall grade average are available for viewing. Current overall grade average, graded assignments, and teacher feedback are available for viewing at any time. 

Official final grade reports are sent out electronically to the school of record immediately upon completing a course or semester of a course. What makes a transcript official is when it's sent sealed and/or directly to the school or entity. They have to be the ones to open it. As soon as our instructors complete the student and issue a final grade, a document is automatically sent to your official documents file to process. Students can print Unofficial Transcripts via their FLVS account.

Login and Sign Up

Click here and enter the information in the “Forgot Username” section. Your information will be emailed to your email address. If you do not receive an email within several minutes, please submit a help ticket.

Click here and enter your username. Enter the answers to the security questions and an email will be sent to you to reset your password. If you have not set up your security questions, click “Reset Password” and check your email.

If you are receiving an error message when trying to login that is not regarding your username or password, please call the Support Center at 1-800-374-1430.

A SNIF (Student Number Identifier Florida) is the unique 10-digit number assigned to students by the public school in which they are enrolled. FLVS must obtain and match the student’s unique Student Identification Number (SNIF) used by your current public school to the Florida Department of Education (per f.s. 1011.622). This 10-digit number must be validated in order for you to complete and receive credit for taking a course with FLVS.

If you are a private or homeschool student and this is your only public school enrollment, FLVS will create and assign a number for you.

If you don't know your SNIF, it can be obtained from your county school district office or by contacting your current school’s front office. You may also use your Social Security Number (SSN) if you prefer. Providing your Social Security Number (SSN) ensures that your data is matched and reported properly to other schools you attend if and when multiple Student Identification Numbers are created for you. Please be assured that FLVS takes all steps necessary to protect this information, including encrypting it when stored or displayed in our systems. FLVS takes your privacy and personal data very seriously. To protect your information, all SNIFs and SSNs are encrypted and only the last 4 digits can be seen by administrators.

Please note that your District Student ID is not the same number as SNIF and is completely optional. This is a number assigned by public schools and is present on a school ID badge and on Official Transcripts. This number assists the school in assigning the course credit to the appropriate student.

You may be experiencing a delay if your parent or guardian has not activated your account. Please have your parent/guardian check his or her email account for the approval link. If you are a public school student, your guidance counselor will also need to approve your course request. Be sure to check all of your email messages and log into your account to view the status of your request.

If you already have an account, you may receive a message that says, “It appears that an account already exists with your user information. Please call 1-800-374-1430 to continue.” 

Please do not create another account, as this will cause a delay with your course request. Please contact us at 1-800-374-1430.

If you do not see your course listed in your backpack, click the question mark next to your backpack. Click on the text that appears in the message above “View my backpack” regarding how many more courses you can take. When you click that text, a pop-up appears that displays your requested course. If it's blank, you will need to go back to the course catalog to re-request the course. Your course will eventually appear on your student dashboard. Please allow up to one (1) business day for your request to process.

A) The course may not be available at this time.
B) The course may be full.
C) You may have already requested this course and it is being processed.
D) A course may only be taken once - is it possible that you have taken this course with us already?

A) Your guidance counselor may not have approved your course request yet.
B) If you are a Homeschool student, we may not have received your Homeschool Verification Form yet.
C) Your preferred start date is in the future.
D) A classroom is not yet available.

It is our goal to place you in a classroom as soon as one is available and we will do our best to honor your preferred start date. If you are unable to wait for classroom placement, please contact your school guidance counselor for assistance.

It may be a technical setting on your computer. Please call the Support Center at 1-800-374-1430.

Parents & Guardians

FLVS partners with parents to ensure student success. Parents regularly connect with teachers and can review student progress and grades at any time. On the elementary level, parents of students are more hands-on and involved in guiding students and assisting with projects or schoolwork that may be completed both on or away from the computer. This on-site supervision and support is critical in the early years, while students in older grades begin to work more independently.

FLVS values parents as partners. From approving course requests to monitoring progress, the Parent/Guardian Account allows parents to have a hands-on approach with their student's academic life at FLVS.

With your Parent/Guardian Account you will have:

  • 24-7 online access to submitted and/or graded assignments and your child's grade book
  • Extensive access to teachers, including monthly phone calls
  • Monthly progress reports emailed to parent emails
  • Regular email updates from teachers

First, the student must complete the sign up process. Once the student has completed the online application, he or she will receive a student username and password. You will need the student username and password to create your Parent/Guardian account.

Click here to begin creating your Parent/Guardian Account.

There may be a couple of reasons for this. Have your parent look for an email from (remember to check in spam or junk folders). If you think you may have entered an incorrect email address for your parent/guardian, please log back in and navigate to the Parent/Guardian profile page to update this information.

Elementary Students

FLVS Flex Elementary is a free option for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. This innovative learning model allows students to work both online and offline through engaging learning activities.

Flex Elementary students may take some or all their courses with FLVS. Families are also able to choose how students experience their classes. Students can move together following the traditional school calendar and a set weekly pace, or take individual classes following a more flexible schedule and start any time during the year.

Each student is enrolled in an individual course for each subject they choose. It is common for elementary students to take the four core courses for each grade level: Language Arts (also known as ELA or Reading), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Other subjects called specials include Art, Spanish, Technology, and Physical Education. Each course is split into two segments (segment 1 and segment 2) which match the traditional semesters. Students are limited to 12 half-credit courses per calendar year. Students are provided specific lesson plans for each day of the school week to ensure they practice the necessary skills to move to the next grade level.

Students are encouraged to attend Class Time (interactive online live lessons) on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Parents are asked to ensure that students participate in Class Time with their teacher and grade-level classmates. Students enjoy this activity and it provides collaboration with fellow classmates while cementing learning for all age levels.

The web-based curriculum allows students to work online and submit their work as they move through the lessons at their own pace. Traditionally, each course is designed to cover 18 weeks of work.

Elementary students attending FLVS Full Time take a standard public school course load of six courses per semester and participate in state testing. Class Time offers live teacher instruction four days per week. Each spring, Full Time enrollment opens for the following school year. As the primary school of record, FLVS Full Time manages student records.

Students attending FLVS Flex can take some or all of their courses online. FLVS Flex offers Class Time two days per week. Enrollment is available throughout the school year and records are managed by the school (public, private, or charter) or parent (homeschool).

We offer Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and special subjects like Art, Physical Education, Spanish, and Technology. Our engaging and interactive curriculum follows Florida State Standards and is delivered completely online, so textbooks are not necessary. Learn more about our elementary courses.

Class Time allows students and teachers to gather and work together in an online environment. During lessons, teachers provide individualized instruction and students can ask teachers questions, engage in activities, and collaborate with their peers.

Yes, students will be required to turn in assignments or complete activities each week. Teachers will grade the assignments and provide feedback.

FLVS Flex Elementary is taught by dedicated, certified elementary teachers who are available throughout the week as needed. Teachers provide group instruction, as well as personalized, one-on-one guidance and feedback.

Students are assigned a grade level teacher who will teach them their core subjects. Students taking specials that require special certification will receive instruction from a teacher certified in the subject area.

Teachers provide personalized, one-on-one instruction and are available throughout the week as needed. Younger students may need parental assistance navigating the online coursework. Although FLVS teachers deliver all instruction, parents are an integral part of their student’s education, providing supervision and support during computer time and while completing offline activities.

The online activities for the four core curriculum courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) will take approximately two hours per day. The specials (Spanish, Art, and Technology) will require additional course time. Offline activities are not included in this estimate. It is recommended that students attend a minimum of one Class Time per week.

FLVS understands the need for flexibility. Students may watch the weekly recordings of Class Time and recordings of specific standards for additional support.

Parents can view weekly progress by checking their student’s VSA records as necessary.

Final grades are provided at the end of each course. Parents always have access to their student’s current grade in VSA.

Yes, students can withdraw. We encourage communication with the teacher prior to withdrawal and we always work to discuss issues with parents as they arise.

Yes, depending on the number and type of courses. Public and private school students are limited to taking no more than three courses at once.  A student cannot take the same course concurrently.

Most students will sign up for courses for the grade level they qualify to attend according to their age and prior school recommendation. However, there are individualized options for students to work at a higher grade level. Public and private school students will need approval from their school of record and homeschool students will need parent recommendation. Once your child is placed, the teacher will work to make sure the placement is academically appropriate.  

Some questions you can ask yourself to determine if this is the right program for you include:

Does my student enjoy working online? Will I be willing to make sure my student stays on task and keeps pace with the assignments?

If the answers are yes, FLVS Flex Elementary may be the right fit for your family!

Our elementary Spanish classes include a total of six courses, allowing students to progress through distinct levels – starting with Introductory Spanish and continuing through Levels 1-5. Students will be introduced to Spanish letters, pronunciation, and vocabulary. In more advanced levels, they will develop their grammar and writing skills.  After a pretest and discussion with the teacher, students may advance to a higher level if they already have an existing level of Spanish proficiency.

Cultural awareness is integrated throughout the material, with themes based on Spanish-speaking countries for each level.

All elementary students at FLVS are encouraged to engage in real-world experiences and applications to help make meaningful connections. Within our courses, custom interactive activities provide opportunities to practice skills. A variety of books, recordings, and resources are also available through an online elementary media center.

Students may also participate in schoolwide events and celebrations, such as the 100th Day of School or Vocabulary Parades. Elementary clubs, guest speakers, and face-to-face field trips held across the state offer other ways for students to build relationships with teachers and classmates.

Students will need daily access to a computer, phone, and internet. Please check to be sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

A microphone is strongly recommended, so students can participate in Class Time and online discussions. A webcam is also optional. Access to a printer is also recommended.

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