Soaring enrollment marks Florida Virt...

Soaring enrollment marks Florida Virtual School's first decade

There are 90 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Oct 19, 2007, titled Soaring enrollment marks Florida Virtual School's first decade. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The Latin teacher at Lyman High School never sets foot on the school's Longwood campus.

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FLVS Dad

Lady Lake, FL

#61 Nov 9, 2007
First I would like to say FLVS is a wonderful program that only aids education. I know for a fact that my sons teachers work and accept calls nearly all day long and often on weekends and through the summer. They don't offer diplomas, at least not yet. My son has now taken 5 classes and works very hard and has learned a great deal. It is just about impossible to cheat because of the oral quizes and the tests will zap you out if you deviate from your test page. The also have the FCAT prep course which my son took over the summer break. This school is nothing but win-win. All of you naysayers should look into the course before judging because every parent,teacher and most students love it(my son says he hates it but he really doesnt, he just takes a lot of classes). To the FLVS teachers. MW span.- MT FCAT -AV Govt. CB-history -Thank you for teaching my son!
Jacob VanW

Kissimmee, FL

#62 Feb 26, 2008
Hello,

As a FLVS Student myself, I know how good this school is.:-) So far, I have taken World History, Life Management Skills, Latin I, Biology I, English I, and Geometry. The classes at FLVS are really fun, and they ask you to do a reasonable amount of work.:-) So, yes, FLVS is a great school, its free for most Florida students, and it has great teachers.(Matter of Fact, Mrs. Heflin is my English I teacher.:-)

FLVS Student,
Jacob V
mia wellington fl

Delray Beach, FL

#64 Jun 4, 2008
As to the socialization aspect: My daughter became ill and continued the rest of 9th grade at home with FVS with the support of her guidance counselor from school. She has great teachers and is taking the same honors classes she had at school. We joined a local Homeschool group I found on the internet. The district also gave me a list of groups. They are constantly involved in activities and these teens are becoming good friends. They go to movies, have monthly meetings, a book club, the beach, do volunteering, just had a terrific prom, family BBQ's and today a group went ice skating. As soon as my daughter came home she went back online to do her FVS schoolwork for the day. She also still has her friends from school. I am very happy with the parents of the homeschool group who are very involved in their children's education and happy with FVS as well. At the high school level these homeschoolers all take FVS or Dual enrollment. It will be tough to go back to "brick and mortar" after this experience and she will probably continue at home.
pow1125

Tampa, FL

#65 Oct 4, 2008
Long time Educator wrote:
<quoted text>
This is not true at all. I was close to the top of the pay scale in my county and took a $9000 pay cut to work at FLVS. I work longer hours and have a year-round work shedule. Would I go back to the traditional classroom? Never! The connections that I make with my students now are priceless. The flexibility that I enjoy with my schedule is a real benefit to me - and to my students - who can call me late in the evening and on weekends to discuss their work and get help. If teachers are lining up to get a position at FLVS it's because they want to work for a quality organization alongside the best teachers in the State.
How do you get into FLVS? Is it hard to get in? What do you need to do so you can be a candidate that they want?
Mark

Dallas, TX

#66 Jan 7, 2009
GatorGal23 wrote:
Actually, Virtual School isn't cheaper, because Virtual School teachers make far higher salaries than traditional teachers. I know many teachers who are waiting for positions to open up in Virtual School because the work is easier and the pay is higher.
Actually virtual school in Florida pays teachers LESS than traditional school.
My wife is a schoolteacher in Seminole County and wants to work for virtual school. To take that plunge she would take about a $9,000 annual salary cut which affects retirement and of course current family budget needs. I've also read stories to confirm her research, but have not seen one blog or posting where a teacher gained a raise going from traditional to virtual school. I do think though that in the future your "idea of them making more money" will actually come true.
Lyna

Jacksonville, FL

#67 Jan 20, 2009
Is this also for home schooling ?
Lyna

Jacksonville, FL

#68 Jan 20, 2009
contact me if you have any information please, at [email protected]
Sarah

Grand Rapids, MI

#69 Mar 28, 2009
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.
Stellar

Miami, FL

#70 May 23, 2009
How do you teach at FLVS from Colorado? Don't you have to attend brick and mortar meetings several times a year? What exactly does "available 7 days a week 8-8 mean" Thanks.
dazzlecook

Cartersville, GA

#71 May 30, 2009
GatorGal23 wrote:
Actually, Virtual School isn't cheaper, because Virtual School teachers make far higher salaries than traditional teachers. I know many teachers who are waiting for positions to open up in Virtual School because the work is easier and the pay is higher.
Exactly how much do they make per degree and experience? I have an interview coming up. I am assuming that the salaries are negotiated.
dazzlecook

Cartersville, GA

#72 May 30, 2009
Exactly how much do they make per degree and experience? I have an interview coming up. I am assuming that the salaries are negotiated.
formerFLVS

Lakeland, FL

#73 Jul 21, 2009
For all of the teachers out there who are waiting in line to get a job with FLVS, here's a word of advice from someone who has been there and done that.

FLVS is going through a lot of changes right now, mostly due to the legislation that recently passed that allows competing virtual school programs into the state. The teaching staff there is excellent for the most part but the school has been mismangaged for a long time. Since they have been a monopoly in virtual ed in Florida, it didn't really matter, but now it does. The leadership seems to be panicing and struggling to get their act together. There have been multiple re-organizations with more likely to come. My advice would be to wait until the dust clears before joining this organization and if you do join, know that they do not place a premium on treating their staff well. You may want to check out the other virtual providers coming to Florida like K-12.

As far as the job and the salary, teachers start in the mid-$40's. Unless they have changed policy recently, almost everyone starts at the bottom of the pay scale, regardless of experience. Also know that it has been 2 years without raises there and no change in the pay scales and will likely be another year at least before they give out raises again. Teachers carry between 125 and 150 students on average - when a student drops or completes a course, another one is assigned. Teachers have quotas each year where they must have a certain number of students complete the course with a passing grade. If you don't make quota, you may be out of a job. Teachers are also required to contact every one of their students and parents at least once a month by phone. You should also expect to be available for student calls and questions minimum from 8am to 8pm Mon-Sat and it is a year-round schedule - no summers, Christmas break, spring break off unless you use your couple of weeks of vacation. Expect to be attached to your phone and computer, particularly during the after school and evening hours.

Good luck!
absolutehorseluv r

Tampa, FL

#74 Jul 27, 2009
I'm a student from FLVS.(Just FYI Sarah...not everyone on here is a parent.) I have taken 11+ courses (Earth Space Science, Latin I, Latin II, Comprehensive Science, Keyboarding, Language Arts, Math, Art, History, Geography, and Algebra) with FLVS and I plan to keep taking them till I graduate. To anyone who's wondering: Any students in the FLVS program are still eligible for a diploma (I know for a fact that Flagler county runs a program like that, but I'm not totally sure about other counties). FLVS offers a great learning solution. When I do an assignment I can either work on it for three days before turning it in or I can submit 5 assignments in a day. It's wonderful. I love having one-on-one attention with my teacher. The lessons are awesome because you can resubmit *cheers*. The teachers are so friendly and I enjoy talking with them. Oh, didn't I mention? You talk with your teacher at least once a month via text messaging, instant messaging, email, and/or phone call. You choose the method of communication. There's so much more to tell. If anyone has any questions...post something on here and I'll respond! TTYL.
Brian

United States

#75 Dec 29, 2009
Interested Observer wrote:
<quoted text>
That's bogus!!!
Virtual school should be a lot cheaper. As for the "positions", local greedy teachers are now in competition with teachers from Indian, China, Eastern Europe, and other areas who are just as good if not better, and work for a lot less money!!!
Open your eyes to the future!!
that is the most retarted thing I've ever heard, all of flvs staff is located in america and in fact one of my teachers lives a city away from me. There are no 800numbers just teachers and students
clyde

United States

#79 Jan 16, 2010
This is a system that is easly abused, the enrolly gets an automatic daily attendance instead of tracking the actual attendance by log in records etc.
Broward Teacher

Pompano Beach, FL

#80 Apr 27, 2010
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.
KLM

Sarasota, FL

#81 Jun 24, 2010
The work is NOT easier. It's different.
GatorGal23 wrote:
Actually, Virtual School isn't cheaper, because Virtual School teachers make far higher salaries than traditional teachers. I know many teachers who are waiting for positions to open up in Virtual School because the work is easier and the pay is higher.
been there

Branford, FL

#82 Jul 1, 2010
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.
For my position at FLVS, I was told that there were 3000 applicants.
cindyjohn

Savage, 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.

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