5 Lessons Learned from Elementary Career Day

By on May 2nd, 2019

How many kids dream of becoming an astronaut as a child?

At this year’s FLVS Flex Elementary Career Day, NASA Astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher shared a story that was out-of-this-world and inspired kids to never give up on their dreams. Dr. Fisher served as a Mission Specialist on the STS-51A Discovery in 1984. She was just one of our special guests who recently came to visit the virtual classrooms of our elementary students.

Here are just a few of the lessons our students learned at Career Day! Continue reading


8 Simple Rules for Homeschooling

By on April 30th, 2019

Being a parent can be tough! However, being a student’s principal, school counselor, teacher, custodian, cafeteria worker, and bus driver can be just as tough. When you choose to homeschool your child in the state of Florida, you are taking on many additional hats and full control of your child’s education.

Do you know the “8 simple rules” of homeschooling in Florida? Continue reading


Friendships Formed through FLVS Full Time

By on April 19th, 2019

This post was written by 2018-19 FLVS Full Time Senior Class President, Carson Brown.

In February of this year, I had the privilege of meeting a friend in person on our schoolwide field trip to SeaWorld. The first interaction I had with my peer was online while participating in 2018 Shark Week – a virtual event hosted by our student council that consisted of five days devoted to networking for FLVS students. I watched the live chat as students showcased their Halloween costumes on “Wacky Wear Wednesday.” One particular comment that caught my eye was an unassuming, clear statement. I’ll never forget the words he wrote.

“This is so cool!” the comment began. “I have found my people.” Continue reading


A Seatbelt Can Save

By on April 12th, 2019

One of the many things I love about Tallahassee is the trees. Beautiful, shade-providing, mature live oaks. It’s the tree-lined entrance of my subdivision that captivated me at first site and drew me to live here. It’s so un-Florida like—feels more like North Carolina and my northeastern upbringing.

Earlier, as I left my home and got in my car to go meet a friend for a meal, I decided to make a quick phone call. Bluetooth can be a beautiful thing. The person who I had just called answered when I heard what sounded like a smash ahead of me. Continue reading


Brain Breaks for Online Elementary Students

By on April 11th, 2019

Brain breaks are a BIG part of most elementary classrooms that you will see today. These mental breaks help students refocus, get some wiggles out, and most importantly – have fun! 

Setting aside time for brain breaks is important in every classroom, especially in the virtual world where a lot of time is spent on the computer. We are always looking for ways to get our kids UP and MOVING!  Continue reading


Keeping the Student at the Center

By on April 10th, 2019

The 2017-18 school year marked the 20th anniversary of Florida Virtual School (FLVS). The 20-year anniversary of FLVS was not only a historic occasion for the first statewide Internet-based school in the United States, but also a significant and positive milestone for virtual education.

When founded in 1997, FLVS consisted of six teachers, four support staff, 77 enrollments, and six courses. The use of online education tools was still new for the high schoolers of 1997. Continue reading


My Middle School Experience at FLVS

By on April 8th, 2019

This post was written by Hindy, a middle school student at FLVS.

My name is Hindy and I am in 8th grade. I have been in traditional private schools my entire life, so when my parents told me I would be switching to FLVS Flex for my math and science classes, it was a little scary! No one else in my school had ever done FLVS, so of course, I was a little nervous about it.

I enrolled in November, so I knew I was behind, but not what to expect. I didn’t realize that FLVS is almost exactly like a real school. We have real projects, real classmates, and real teachers, as well as clubs and a yearbook! Continue reading


10 Ways FLVS Benefits Homeschool Families

By on April 5th, 2019

When families choose home education, it is often for the flexibility and ability to be in control of their child’s education. Florida Virtual School courses can serve as a complete curriculum or the perfect mix-and-match solution for home education families.

Below you’ll find just a few reasons why Homeschool + FLVS = the Perfect Equation!

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FLVS Full Time Grad Makes Noise in Music Industry

By on April 4th, 2019

This is an excerpt from an article published by the Windermere Observer featuring Noah Schnacky, a graduate of Florida Virtual School Full Time

The moment he hit the stage at Country Thunder — to the tune of hundreds of cheers — Noah Schnacky’s signature smile lit up his face. It was the first time the Windermere-area native had been invited to play the main stage at the annual country-music festival in Kissimmee, and he was both thrilled and right at home on stage.

Continue reading at OrangeObserver.com →


Every Week Should be Children’s Week

By on April 3rd, 2019

Do you feel that? It’s spring. Flashback with me to times of simple childhood pleasures…picking little bouquets of yellow dandelions, blowing on those puffy spheres to scatter the seeds in the wind. Using color chalk to play hopscotch in the driveway. And pinwheels. The simple joy of making those colorful curls whirl and twirl. Ah, simpler times with not a care in the world.

That was my childhood. Continue reading