Educator Edition

Florida Virtual School Turns 25!

By on August 10th, 2022

This year is the 25th anniversary of Florida Virtual School! It seems like just yesterday since we launched in 1997 as Florida’s first internet-based, public high school. Since then, we have become a fully accredited statewide public school district and served more than 234,000 students last year alone. 

To celebrate our silver birthday, we asked FLVS teachers and staff a few questions to get their insight on how online learning has changed throughout the years. Spoiler alert: it’s changed A LOT!  

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4 Ways Parents and Students Can Prepare for Online Elementary School

By on July 21st, 2022

It may seem like you only need a computer and Wi-Fi for your child to be ready for online school, but there are some other key steps you can take to prepare for virtual learning.  

As a Florida Virtual School elementary teacher, I understand that transitioning to online school may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Plus, FLVS gives you the opportunity to design your kid’s learning environment according to their individual needs and style. To help set you and your child up for success before the next school year starts, I put together some of my top tips to get you excited, confident, and ready for online elementary school.   

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#Classof2022 Graduate Finds Hope Through Connection

By on June 21st, 2022

When Florida Virtual School graduate Hope Vichi was only 11 years old, she was given a medical diagnosis that forever changed her life. Through her positive spirit, her relentless pursuit of advocating for her health, and the support of her family and friends (especially her mom who advocated for her every day), Hope overcame challenge after challenge.  

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Study Highlights the Benefits of Online Learning for Hospital-Homebound Students

By on June 14th, 2022

Hospital-homebound students face a variety of situations that can interfere with their educational and personal wellbeing. For example, frequent absenteeism from brick-and-mortar institutions results in missed opportunities as well as challenges with reentering school1. Online education may provide an opportunity for these students to move forward in their education2 and help them overcome or avoid educational and social barriers3

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9 New Classes You Didn’t Know You Could Take at Florida Virtual School

By on June 6th, 2022

Want to help shape the next generation of learners? Interested in bringing your art to life via new technologies? Or what about learning a new language to communicate better when you travel? Your dreams may seem far away, but you can close the distance with nine new courses at Florida Virtual School. We’ve got you today, so you can conquer tomorrow. Trust us, your future self will thank you. 

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Meet #Classof2022 Senior Class President, Gianna Suarez

By on June 2nd, 2022

There’s nothing like that moment. When you finally hear your name, walk across the stage to accept your high school diploma, and realize—you made it. All the hours studying, completing assessments, and taking exams. YOU did it! 

And Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Senior Class President, Gianna Suarez, is proud to say she made it—and achieved so much more along the way! 

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Finding the Right Fit For Our Family with FLVS

By on May 31st, 2022

This post was written by Tina Morris, a FLVS Flex parent and hearing loss advocate. 

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and it undoubtedly prompts me to reflect on our medical and educational journey with my son, Karsen. Speech therapy, sensory integration therapy, audiologists, oral motor specialists, doctors, and special schools were all a part of Karsen’s early childhood and education. Karsen eventually closed enough gaps to mainstream into our neighborhood elementary school and was finally finding his place among peers and discovering his passions in middle school. But then the pandemic hit, and everything changed.

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#Classof2022: It’s Our Time to Shine

By on May 26th, 2022

This post was written by 2021-22 FLVS Full Time National Honor Society President, Aani Mehta.  

Hello everyone, my name is Aani Mehta and I had the privilege of being your National Honor Society President for the Class of 2022.  

I can’t believe that we’re done with high school, finally! Some of you might be going to college or taking a gap year and others might not know where your journey is going to take you next.   

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#Classof2022 Grad, Lily J., Amongst Top 5 of Class

By on May 20th, 2022

What does it take to be at the top of the class at Florida Virtual School? For FLVS graduate Lily Jamison, perspective makes all the difference. The secret to her success is focusing on the opportunities ahead, rather than the challenges in front of her—a strategy that has made even the most rigorous courses less intimidating and more manageable. 

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