A “Full-Time” student in the virtual school is like being a full-time student at a traditional brick and mortar school, except all of the teaching and learning happens through virtual instruction. The virtual school will be responsible for all enrolled full-time students, just like a traditional brick and mortar school would be, including state testing. The virtual school will be both the student’s school of enrollment and school of instruction.
A “Part-Time” student in the virtual school is a student who is traditionally enrolled in another school but would like to take one or more courses through the virtual school. The student’s traditional brick and mortar school would still be their school of enrollment. There are many reasons students choose to take one or more courses through the virtual school, that can include to catch up, to get ahead, to take a course not offered at their traditional brick and mortar school in naming just a few of these reasons.
Florida law requires parents wishing to “Home School” their child or children, basically meet 3 requirements:
To learn about these exact Florida Home Education requirements click HERE.
Home Education students wanting to take courses virtually can certainly do so and it can be very beneficial to both the student and the parent(s) or guardian(s). When registering the student(s), some basic parent or guardian information is required initially, for when the student or parent selects the course or courses for the student(s) to take, the parent will be the one to approve those course or courses. Prior to being ready to approve a student’s course request, the parent will have to submit to the virtual school a Homeschool Verification Form, which is just a one-time event. The Homeschool Verification Form simply lists the name of the student(s) being home educated, your address and the county in which you filed your letter of intent to “home school” your child or children. Once the virtual school verifies that this information is correct, the school will send you instructions on how to approve the requested course or courses.
Home Education students are not required to take the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) nor any specific course end of course (EOC) tests.
Home Education students who receive any type of state scholarship need to check with their awarding agency to determine their eligibility for virtual instruction. Typically, up to 2 courses per year are allowed for students receiving scholarships, however, in some cases enrolling in more than 2 courses may affect their eligibility to receive the scholarship. To learn more about these scholarships click HERE.
Home Education students typically complete a home education program designed by the parent(s) or guardian(s) and upon the program completion the parent(s) or guardian(s) certify this completion. There are other ways in which Home Education students can receive a diploma. Keep in mind there are 3 types of diplomas that can be awarded. They are:
How these diplomas can be earned by a Home Education student: