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January 5, 2016

Sign Up Now For Spring Courses!

And another item from yesterday’s inbox…

Dear Michael,

Spring is right around the corner, have your students signed up for their classes yet?

It’s that time of year again when students from all over the state of Florida rush to sign up for springcourses, so don’t miss the bus. Get ahead, make up a credit, and even satisfy the online graduationrequirement* this spring. The earlier students register, the better their chances of getting their preferred start date.

Start by browsing three of our newest and most popular courses and sign up now for spring courses!

There’s more to parenting than providing food and shelter. Learn the skills parents need to raise healthy and productive kids.

Empower yourself in responsible financial decision-making and change the way you look at money forever.

Gain a deeper understanding of your unique interests and skills as you learn goal setting and how tomake informed career decisions.

Explore the other exciting courses were featuring for spring:

  • Creative Photography 1
  • Critical Thinking and Study Skills
  • Driver Education/Traffic Safety
  • Guitar 1
  • Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE)
  • Intensive Reading
  • Journalism 1
  • Leadership Skills Development
  • Liberal Arts Mathematics 2
  • Math for College Readiness
  • Peer Counseling 1
  • Spanish 1
  • Theatre, Cinema, and Film Production
  • M/J Business Keyboarding
  • M/J Creative Photography 1
  • M/J Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Learning Strategies
  • M/J Guitar 1


Classes fill up fast. Sign up now for spring courses!

Browse our spring featured courses and sign up at!


* Middle School/Junior High (M/J) level courses do not satisfy the virtual learning requirement for highschool graduation. 

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December 18, 2015

The Pulse Newsletter: December Edition

From Wednesday’s inbox…


The Pulse: December Edition

What do Elli, Terrance, and Brayden have in common? They are all students with FLVS pursuing their dreams and their education! Learn more inside this issue of The Pulse newsletter.

Not only does the quality of education received through FLVS prepare students for success after they’ve completed their studies, the flexibility and innovative class delivery provides students the opportunity to launch their dreams while still pursuing their education – achieving success in both.

Students Pursue Dreams and Their Education

Since its inception in 1997, FLVS has worked tirelessly to provide the highest quality education, providing the skills and knowledge students need for success.

Below are a few snapshots of students we heard from this year.

Did You Know?
During the holiday hustle, it’s easy to decrease exercise and increase eating. When you interrupt your healthy routine, weight gain, stress, tiredness, and then feeling guilty for overindulging, can occur. Help “un-busy” yourself by setting some time each day to exercise and indulge in healthy habits. You deserve it!

Elli Student Skater

Terrance says, “FLVS gave me the opportunity to advance in my studies, starting with Algebra 1 honors in sixth grade and continuing with high school math and science courses.

Because of my academic background, I was able to qualify and was selected to participate in the prestigious Naval Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program at Annapolis.”



Brayden is a Clermont native and student from Florida Virtual School Full Time, Brayden was named the overall winner of the “Florida Missing Children’s Day Statewide Essay Contest” hosted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The 11-year-old fifth grader was chosen for his essay entitled, “This is How I Stay Safe All Day.” As the statewide winner, he received a trophy, a check for $100 and a trip to Universal Studios.

Elli  and her figure skating partner are the 2015 Intermediate National Champions and will skate at the 2016 National Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota on Jan. 15. The 12-year-old student said she began skating at age five and trains five times a week for 7-8 hours a day. “We are very excited to show our best for the Championships. This is my dream and goal and the reason I step on the ice every day.”
Winter Break & Support Hours

Beginning Monday, Dec. 21 throughFriday, Jan. 1, Florida Virtual School will be closed for Winter Break.

All teachers and staff will be out of the office during this time. Although teachers will not be available, we highly encourage students to continue regular progress in their courses. Please be mindful that there may be a brief delay in response and course placement.

Holiday hours for Customer Support at the FLVS Help Center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Monday through Friday, beginning Dec. 21(closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). Normal operating hours resume on Monday, Jan. 4.

Click here for technical support.




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November 23, 2015

The Pulse Newsletter: November Edition

Also from this past week’s inbox…


The Pulse: November Edition

Inside this issue of The Pulse newsletter, learn more about upcoming events such as World Fest and Hour of Code. Plus, check out News in A Click and other FLVS clubs!

Join an Hour of Code with FLVS in December

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works.

That’s why FLVS is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during  Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). By joining, we’re making a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.


Get involved here!

Hour of Code
FLVS World Fest

Get Ready to Explore the Globe with World Fest

Prepare to experience cultures, brush up on your geography, and even complete an assignment or two! You and your family are invited to join World Fest 2015 on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Click here to join.

Did You Know FLVS Has a Student Newspaper?

The staff of the Newspaper Club, “News In A Click” (NIAC), meets online weekly to brainstorm article ideas, conduct writing activities, and learn about journalism topics. NIAC covers news, arts and entertainment, lifestyle, technology, and opinion. The newspaper and its staff have won several awards, and have been recognized in the state and nationally by FSPA and Quill & Scroll.

Read the latest articles at

Last Chance to Sign Up for AP!

Want to take an Advanced Placement course this year? Enrollment for full-credit AP courses closes on Nov. 30 so hurry and sign up today!
Learn more and sign up now.

Thanksgiving Holiday & Help Center Hours

November 25-27 has been designated as the Thanksgiving holiday break for all FLVS teachers and staff.

Customer Support at the FLVS Help Center will also be closed during this time as well as on Nov. 28 and 29, and will reopen on Nov. 30 at 7 a.m.

We Value Your Input!

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey, which focuses on your overall experience with FLVS. Feedback from this survey will help us determine areas to celebrate and areas to improve. We appreciate your time, your input, and your  connection to FLVS!


Share your feedback.




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October 31, 2015

The Pulse Newsletter: October Edition

From Thursday’s inbox…

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The Pulse: October Edition

Inside this issue of The Pulse newsletter, learn how FLVS is celebrating National Distance Learning Week.

FLVS Celebrates National Distance Learning Week

FLVS is hosting several webinars in celebration of National Distance Learning Week, Nov. 9 – 13. All times are Eastern Standard. Make plans now to join the fun!

NCAA Eligibility:
Athlete Spotlight Night

Monday, Nov. 9 @ 7 p.m.

Are you a student athlete? Have you ever dreamed 
of playing Division 1 athletics in college? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to play in the Super Bowl or in the World Series? If you answered YES to any of these questions, join the FLVS School Counseling team for our “Athlete Spotlight Night!”
At this event, you will  meet Kawika Mitchell, former NFL Super Bowl Champ, University of South Florida graduate, and Florida native to learn about what it takes to be a student athlete. We will also be covering important NCAA eligibility requirement updates and give you great tips on how to make sure you are on your way to “the big leagues.”

Visit on Nov. 9 at 7pm to get in the game!

Wonder What FLVS Will Be Like in the Future?

Ever wonder what the future of digital education looks like? 

Well, it all starts with YOU!

Join the FLVS Product  Innovation team for a journey through their student-centered design process.

Examine how they strive to understand what needs you have as students, how they use your feedback and skills to build prototypes, and how they look for new and exciting educational opportunities to bring to you.

Interested in testing out the future FLVS? The team is looking for student pioneers who are willing to investigate our latest prototypes. The future is in your hands!

Visit on Nov. 12 at 7pm.

College Admission 101:
A Student’s Perspective

Thursday, Nov. 12 @ 7 p.m.

Does the thought of college applications strike fear into your heart? Do you know how to write a great scholarship essay? If you ever had any of these questions, this presentation is for you.

The FLVS School Counseling team and FLVS senior Talia Fradkin will walk you through the basics, offer tips and tricks, and answer any questions you may have about the college admission process from the student perspective. Talia has earned the FLVS Student of the Year Award, FLVS Community Service Award, and was just awarded the national 2015 Nordstrom Scholarship!
Visit on Nov. 12 at 7pm to prepare for the future!

New Fax Number for Homeschool Office

Effective immediately, the FLVS Homeschool Office has a new fax number: 407-513-3480

Please note the change (previous number was407-520-5479). 

All homeschool verification forms may be faxed to the new number.




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October 5, 2015

Celebrating My Hispanic Heritage

And another item from Friday’s inbox…  Now I normally don’t post these FLVS items, but I do like to highlight their blog every once in a while.

The Virtual Voice has posted a new item, ‘Celebrating My Hispanic Heritage’

In our Spanish for Spanish Speakers course, an assignment asks students to
compare their lives in the United States with that of a fictional character in
the lesson.
This character writes an entry in her diary describing her struggles to fit in
with two different cultures, dealing with attitudes towards her language and
towards her, and even learning to speak “Spanglish.” I especially like
part of her entry where she talks about another Spanish-speaking lady she
meets at her kid’s school who owns a store in town where she can meet for a
cafecito* and some very-needed Spanish conversation.

Teaching this lesson, I suddenly realized that I struggle with the very same

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