Student Success

More than a Credit: The Value of an Online Course

By on April 23rd, 2020

The Florida legislature recognizes the need to prepare students for a rapidly-changing future. In 2011, a requirement was introduced that every Florida student successfully complete one online course in high school. However, the benefits of online learning extend far beyond a transcript!

Our students agree—our online courses are more than just a credit!

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Developing Independence as an Online Learner

By on April 20th, 2020

When students first start learning from home as an online learner, you may hear them utter statements like: “I don’t understand how to do this. I’m so frustrated.” Or perhaps: “Ugh. I’ll do it later. I can get it done really quick.” Maybe even: “Man, this is tough! My old school was so much easier!”

Starting anything new can be a challenge! Becoming an online learner is no different. Learning online takes a different skill set than the traditional face-to-face classroom.

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6 Strategies to Succeed as an Online Student

By on March 30th, 2020

Whether you recently made the decision to pursue a flexible and safe learning environment, or your school is temporarily closed and holding classes online, you’ll probably have a lot of questions about how you can succeed at Florida Virtual School (FLVS).

While this may be a new style of learning for you, you are not alone!

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Student Focus: Artist Edition

By on November 11th, 2019

They say a picture is worth a thousand words—if you go by the talent and artwork of FLVS students Jaydon and Justus, you’ll see they’ve already produced volumes! In this edition of our Student Focus blog serieswe are pleased to showcase their incredible talent. Continue reading



Student Focus: Meet Peyton

By on October 16th, 2019

This post was written by Meghan Leffew, one of our FLVS Full Time Elementary parents.

As a mother, I am incredibly thankful for FLVS Full Time. My son is five and this is his first year of school. He was recently diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation that causes things like neutropenia and leukemia. I only had two choices for his education – to hold Peyton out of Kindergarten or take a chance.

We decided to enroll Peyton into FLVS Full Time three weeks before school started. Continue reading


Student Focus: Sports Edition

By on August 16th, 2019

All of our Florida Virtual School students are each amazing in their own way, and over the years we have had the honor and privilege to teach many young shining stars. (Several names come to mind!)

FLVS is pleased to announce a new blog series titled “Student Focus” that helps showcase some of our incredible students. 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


Student Shark Advocate Works with Legislators

By on February 13th, 2019

This post was written by FLVS student and Model United Nations club member James A. La Fayette Jr.

Sierra Boodhoo is a 16-year-old student on a mission to make a positive impact on society. After experiencing racial profiling and bullying at her previous school, she switched to FLVS Flex in 7th grade where her interest in marine biology began. Her interest was sparked when she watched an episode of Shark Week with shark nets. She kept the flame going and researched sharks despite discouragement from others due to age, gender, and other societal bias.

She was told, “You are just an 11-year-old girl. Quit sharks. Switch to something girly like ballet.” Continue reading


Win an iPad in our #FLVSCodes Contest

By on December 3rd, 2018

To celebrate our tech-savvy students, FLVS is hosting a contest from Dec. 3, 2018 through Jan. 14, 2019. We want to see how our students are engaging in computer science activities — from coding to construction!

Three lucky winners – one in elementary, one in middle, and one in high school – will be chosen to receive an iPad generously donated by the FLVS Foundation. Winners will be selected based on the quality, creativity, uniqueness, and relevance of their entry. Continue reading