Soaring enrollment marks Florida Virtual School's first decade

The Latin teacher at Lyman High School never sets foot on the school's Longwood campus. Full Story
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Prior Lake, MN

#85 Jul 22, 2010
Are you still able to get bright future scholarship if you recieve some of your credits from FLVS?
Mom thinking of using flv

Boca Raton, FL

#86 Feb 5, 2011
FLVS Student wrote:
I have been a student of FLVS for 4 years full time. I have been able to travel, take cooking lessons, Learn CPR, volunteer, all because I did not have to be tied to school from 7am till 2pm. I have been able to do every subject with honors and my lowest grade ever was a 91 (algebra). I would like to point out that I do the same exact work at home on my computer that my friends at school. But at school the teacher is having to get onto a student or teach FCAT and the work that was for "school" now becomes homework, I don't have that problem. My couse is set out for me x amount of work and that is it. No extra stay up till midnight homework in every subject. So I have way more free time than my peers. That allows me to be part of a competive dance team. Now the rules are a homeschooler or FLVS student can participate in thier local school activities so I am also on the school dance team. I sometimes do not like FLVS as I don't get Lunch with my peers and I don't get. To set in class and get caught for talking or texting.... But I also don't get FCAT preached to me (which I still take and pass) I still have friends, I'm on the school dance team and go to all the games, and I have a boyfriend. So it's a good trade off! For anyone concerned that PE can not be taught online, please go to the FLVS website and look at PE work. Also look at the kids in school who take PE. Not all of them are healthy either. Maybe if they did not have to come home and do homework till midnight maybe they would have time to got outside and just be kids and play! My question is... Why do you send your child to a Florida school just to learn FCAT? That is all the teachers teach. FCAT does not make you healthy. FCAT does teach you grow your own food or how to sew on a button or how to focus a telescope to view outerspace or how to cook your food or how to do laundry or change a tire or even how to actually write. Ok I passed the FCAT so what? That will not help me in the real world. Fail FCAT and I repeat my grade (FCAT training) again. But where does the real world come in? Where does basic living/social/job skills come in? I think with the peer presure, FCAT pressure, loss of teacher control in classrooms, got to get good grades to get into college pressure, more parents should look into FLVS. FLVS drug/alcohol free, FCAT stress free, no bullies, no guns, not teacher/student ratio problem, and you have time at home to learn to cook, clean, type, organize, time management, ect
Thanks for this comment, very helpful.
Duval Teacher

Jacksonville, FL

#87 Feb 14, 2011
Broward Teacher wrote:
I recently applied for a position with FLVS, the application was online and took an extensive amount of time. Does anyone out there know how competitive these positions are? Do 10's, 100's, or 1000's apply? I am just curious about my chances and if anyone will even look at my application.
Did you ever get the job? If so, how's it going? I just applied for a position.

Lake Butler, FL

#88 Jul 15, 2012
Sarah wrote:
FLVS is such an incredible waste of my time and insult to my intelligence. If you want to torture you child, SIGN THEM UP. I am currently doing assignments that I learned about in the seventh grade (I'm a ninth grader.) It's a great idea and all, but having to come home from school, do an hour of virtual school, then homework - is horrible. If anyone were to ask me wether they should sign up for this, I would definitely advise avoiding the program at all costs. This is one of the absolute worst things I've ever had to do as a student. Sure, some of the 'reviews' of the program say it's wonderful but notice that those are - parents - of the kids enrolled.

OK. Sarah, Parents know what they are saying. This program works, and it works you hard.It's to help you excel in life. If a course shows you things you already know, then good, more knowledge to take in. I am not a parent. I'm a senior, about to graduate much earlier than normal school students ( thanks to FLVS). So NO, parents are not the only ones reviewing this. Do FLVS and take it as an extra push to get the education you need, because the reason for FLVS students who are still in public school, is to excel them or make up for a credit you lost. Oh, and If I were you, don't use parents as a reason to dismiss positive reviews. They know what they are talking about because they know what's best for their children. Also, if you cannot handle doing an hour of work online and extra homework afterwards, how do you expect to work a full-time job in your future or handle other adult things that will come soon enough? Advice to you is to work hard and keep up (as hard as it is). I understand what your going through completely. Trust me on this, complaining doesn't help, it makes everything seem harder.
Millie VIP

Orlando, FL

#89 Aug 9, 2012
i just signed my daughter into the program. Too much bullshit with the schools. Too many hassles . My daughter haves aspergers autisim. The kids don't get her sometimes. She missed school alot because she was sick. The high school wasn't meeting to our spectations . Atleast at home i can take care of her and she can get her education in a more tranquil environment. I will have to send her back next year to regular public school so she can get a regular diploma . I hope this all works out .

Hollywood, FL

#90 Nov 25, 2012
dazzlecook wrote:
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Exactly how much do they make per degree and experience? I have an interview coming up. I am assuming that the salaries are negotiated.
The salary is not as important as your effective pay rate per hour. This is a better measure of pay. For example, if you're making $46,000/year working 8 hours per day it's very different than $46,000/year working 16 hours per day. FVS makes you work a minimum of 12 hours per day 7 days per week, year around, your effective pay per hour will be horrible, and you'll have no work-life balance.
Feb Reeze

Spring, TX

#92 Jul 3, 2013
This is what Floridians think of as "private school" which just equals home school for those who can't stand the thought of their kids mixing with other kids because they think they are better than everyone else. The public schools here have only 1% of economically disadvantaged, so the students don't need to steal, drive high-end cars to high school, and have college prep high schools at no charge to parents except high taxes on homes.

I don't know why people live in the ghettos of Florida and then whine when there is crime and minorities such that they enroll their kids in virtual school.

I have a friend who did this with her daughter. Her daughter got a GED and started college (probably online). No socialization.

Altamonte Springs, FL

#93 Aug 7, 2013
I am starting my Jr year at UCF and I would love to teach but I only want to teach Virtually. Is this possible? A classroom is not where I would want to be for 8 hours plus a day. I love learning and love to teach others what I have learned so I know my calling I just don't want to be stuck in a room and I am not into the click I see with many teachers. I would rather work from my own home.

Altamonte Springs, FL

#94 Aug 7, 2013
My son is taking FLVS classes as well as attending regular classes at school. At times, I do have to motivate him but he knows the more he does with FLVS, the less he will have to do in the end. i have heard some negative things about FLVS but it has been from parents that really haven't studied what it is all about. If you are skeptical, just have your child take a .5 credit class and see for yourself. Your child will love it. There are deadlines for assignments but life is about deadlines and they need that to succeed. Also, the teachers are more available to the students then they are in an actual classroom. My son is more involved in the virtual school then he is his "brick and mortar" school. For parents that say "their child would not be motivated enough" think again. I felt the same way. Push them a little on the first course. After they see how much easier it is without the distractions,and how the communication with the teachers are much different, they will excel greatly. They are not isolated, there are other kids online that they communicate with. they do Science experiments together, they socialize sometimes more than in a regular class setting. I hope this helps some of the skeptics.

Since: Sep 13

Mumbai, India

#95 Sep 26, 2013
P.E. while sitting on a chair in front of a computer. I think that this is a disservice to the young people who do it.I am spending my time focusing on my students. Our student centered approach allows me to do what I love with students! FLVS also has annual contracts; there is no "job security" as there is in a traditional school. In a traditional school, bad teachers are allowed to continue teaching our children becuase they have been with the system forever and it is virtually impossible to be fired. FLVS prides itself on hiring only the best. Please don't think that because

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#97 Apr 2, 2014
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