Differences between FLVS Flex and FLVS Full Time

“Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.” – Robert John Meehan

Florida Virtual School began as an experiment to see if online learning could be tailored to students’ needs to help them succeed. Today, FLVS offers two distinct programs with the same shared goal: addressing the unique learning needs of every child.

As school counselors, we are often asked about the differences between FLVS Full Time and FLVS Flex. Parents want to know which option is best for their child. As they are very different programs, it’s important for families to understand their options and choose the one that will best fit their student.

Don’t miss the infographic at the bottom of this post to help in your decision-making!

What is FLVS Flex?

FLVS Flex offers year-round, rolling enrollment so students can start and finish a course at any time. Public, private, and home education students can utilize FLVS Flex courses. Students who choose not to attend a physical public or private school can register as home education students in the county of their residence. A variety of learners can benefit from a flexible schedule, including those with medical needs, athletes, students who need to catch up, and those who want to get ahead.

With FLVS Flex, students can focus on fewer courses, but work at an accelerated pace to finish in less time. They can tailor a schedule that works for them! FLVS Flex teachers are available from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Home education students who take FLVS Flex courses are not required to participate in state standardized tests. However, if they plan to register in a Florida public school at any point in the future, they are welcome and encouraged to participate by contacting their local Home Education Office. Homeschool students with FLVS Flex do not earn a traditional high school diploma; instead home education parents graduate their students by completing the Home School Affidavit.

FLVS Flex offers regular, honors, and Advanced Placement courses and home education students are welcome to dual enroll at their local state college/university if admitted by those programs!

What is FLVS Full Time?

FLVS Full Time works much like a traditional public school, with the exception that students work from the comfort of their own home! Like in a traditional physical school, classes start in August and end in May and students have a load of six courses at one time – no more, no less. Teachers are available from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the student’s day is more structured than in the FLVS Flex program with school-specific announcements and student activities.

Students are required to work in each course each week to stay on track with the traditional course schedule. FLVS Full Time also offers regular, honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment courses with Polk State College. Because FLVS Full Time is a public school and serves as the student’s school of record, students are required to participate in all state standardized testing. The Full Time program coordinates testing and manages records for their students.  FLVS Full Time students are public school students and therefore can earn a state-issued high school diploma. Students are also able to participate in a traditional graduation ceremony at the end of their senior year once all their graduation requirements have been met.

The similarities are important too!

Both options offer Florida public school curriculum taught by Florida certified teachers. Resources abound with live lessons, guided notes, video tutorials, and more that are available to help our students. No matter which path they take, families can feel confident that their student will be receiving an amazing education that will take with them forward in whatever their future holds.

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Anne FlennerAnne Flenner, School Counselor, has worked to meet the academic, social, personal, and professional needs of FLVS students since 2011. Previously a school counselor in Alachua County, she has received several awards and serves on multiple state counseling boards and committees. She has a Master's degree in Counselor Education from UF. Anne loves working with student athletes, supporting college and career readiness, and focusing on student mental health and wellness.

9 comments on “Differences between FLVS Flex and FLVS Full Time

  1. Vernalee Dorvilus


  2. Kate

    Thank you!! This was extremely informative! One question – if a student attends FLVS fulltime program, but finishes some courses early in the semester, can they enroll in a flex class on the side to get ahead?

    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Yes, that’s an option! Our FLVS Full Time school counselors can offer more specific advice and recommendations in circumstances like this.

  3. Kim Bejnerowicz

    If I want my kids to start the Flex program in August, how far ahead of time should they register for classes?

    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Kim! You can sign up for Flex anytime and select your preferred start date in advance. The sooner you sign up, the sooner we can ensure that they are placed and ready to go by that date.

  4. Jill Frost

    Hello. We were told when we started FLVS two years ago by FLVS that Flex was only available to kids in homeschool or B and M schools.

    Brennen sings and acts so we need flexibility. We did Full Time FLVS and at times it was hard having so much to do with her other activities. Both years we wrapped early April and have been sitting around to August.

    Would we benefit or is it possible to do Flex as a full-time option and do her core and other classes through only Flex til she gets to high school? We were told not to do Flex full-time bc she won’t graduate through them.

    Also, I was told that the FLVS FT was changing this year and becoming more like a B and M with scheduled mandatory times now. Is this true?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Jill. That’s correct – FLVS Flex allows homeschool students and those attending a physical brick & mortar school to take online courses. Many families prefer to homeschool and take all of their courses online with FLVS Flex. If this is the route you choose for high school, you will keep your own portfolio and student records to show that your student meets all high school graduation requirements. However, if you want to receive an official diploma from FLVS Full Time with us being your public school of record, then Full Time is the way to go.

      That said, it’s certainly possible to stick with FLVS Flex now and enroll with FLVS Full Time later for high school. With FLVS Flex, you can start and finish a course anytime during the year. With both programs, the curriculum is the same and the overall experience is very similar. (In years past, we used Connections Academy for grades K-5, so that is changing for the upcoming year with our new elementary curriculum.)

      FLVS Full Time offers structured flexibility. Since the schedule follows the typical school year calendar, it offers experiences that are similar to a traditional school, including morning announcements, face-to-face events, and live lesson schedules – but it is still very flexible for students who perform, travel, etc.

      We hope this helps!

  5. Jill

    Great. Thank you for the info. What platform will FLVS middle be using this year? I assume the platform will be the same for both Flex and FT? We are currently FT and going on the middle school this year.

    1. FLVS

      FLVS Full Time students currently login through Focus (the school’s student information system) to view their dashboard and access courses. This is different for Flex students who login through VSA (our Virtual School Administrator system) to view their dash and access courses. However, the platform for courses themselves is the same! Educator is the our Learning Management System (LMS) used to navigate the course curriculum.


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