Advice from the College Pros

By on April 12th, 2018

Are you thinking about applying to college? Stressing about what the college admissions panel is looking for in an applicant? Wondering what will make you or your student the most competitive to a university?

At the 2018 College Board Southern Region Forum, college admissions experts from across the south gathered to share their knowledge and expertise in regard to university admission. Check out this infographic titled “Advice from the College Pros” to hear what they think are the most important aspects of the college admission process. Continue reading


What It’s Like Being a Student at FLVS Full Time

By on March 30th, 2018

Thinking about the past five and a half years of being a student at FLVS Full Time, it would be impossible to count all the times I was asked “Wait, you’re in virtual school? What is that like?”

Today I will answer that very question: What is it like to be a Florida Virtual School Full Time student? Continue reading


Building an Elementary Community at FLVS Full Time

By on March 27th, 2018

This post was written by our FLVS Full Time Elementary Principal for 2018-19, Mr. Marc Rummler. 

Even though it seems early, now is the time to start thinking about next school year for many FLVS families and parents across the state. With enrollment for FLVS Full Time now open for the 2018-19 school year, I would like to share a bit about what our online school will offer our younger students for the upcoming school year.

This year, FLVS Full Time is looking forward to accepting students in grades Kindergarten – 5 with a new elementary curriculum. Continue reading


6 Things to Think About When Starting High School

By on March 15th, 2018

One of the most important times of a student’s life is the transition from middle school to high school. Students often ponder important questions about high school, such as:

What should I wear the first day? How can I get into PE with my best friend? How am I supposed to get from one side of the campus to the other in two minutes?

While these questions might be on the forefront of an 8th grader’s mind, there are other important questions that they want to be thinking of before heading to high school. Continue reading


20 Years of Student Success

By on February 26th, 2018

This article was originally written and published in the FLVS student newspaper, News in a Click

It’s a fact! This year, FLVS is turning 20. It is crazy to believe that there have been 20 years of discussion based assessments, collaborations and, most importantly, 20 years of outstanding student success.

For many students, virtual school means different things. “I AM FLVS” is a phrase that makes every student think about how they represent their school. Continue reading


Project-Based Learning in Online Education

By on February 12th, 2018

Project-based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question.

The benchmarks of high-quality, project-based learning opportunities include a challenging problem, sustained inquiry, authenticity, student choice, and reflection or revision. In a project-based assessment opportunity, the goal is not just to bubble an answer choice. Instead, the student needs to process through a complex scenario and apply what was learned from the content to produce a unique sample demonstrating understanding.  Continue reading


Growing Global Awareness

By on February 3rd, 2018

We’ve all heard the term: global awareness. As educators, we’re expected to create citizens who can compete and collaborate in society on a global scale.

But how? And why? And, well, what is it? Continue reading


Cultivating Critical Thinkers

By on January 23rd, 2018

French philosopher Descartes may have been on to something when he said, “I think therefore I am.”

At FLVS, we want students to not only think, but think critically. Critical thinkers have the ability to improve their thinking through systematic self-assessment and reflection. Continue reading


Find Yourself in a Book for Celebrate Literacy Week

By on January 22nd, 2018

In a society where we are constantly on the go, it is often difficult to find moments reserved for peace and quiet. It is rare to see someone sitting on a bench or on a beach with a book in hand, enjoying the day.

As we prepare for Celebrate Literacy Week with FLVS, I challenge you to consider what it truly means to find yourself in a book, this year’s Celebrate Literacy Week theme. Personally, I am my most balanced in life when I am taking the time to slow down, taking in the peace and quiet, and getting into a book.  It generally means that I am balanced in other areas of life as well. Continue reading


Looking Back at the History of FLVS

By on January 17th, 2018

I started working at Florida High School (as FLVS was called in its early days) in January of 2000.

My interview was short and sweet…three questions. After I answered the questions, I was taken to the office of Julie Young, our first leader and online education pioneer, for a few more questions and the job offer. Continue reading