Guest post by Sally Roberts, DOE Educational Policy Consultant for Virtual Education
Everyone is talking about “school choice” these days, but “choice” doesn’t mean just charter and magnet schools. Starting in August, Florida students will now have more virtual education choices.
Students will have the option to take ALL their classes through Florida Virtual School Full-time. In addition, the Legislature authorized districts to now offer additional online courses for students in grades K-12 and virtual charter schools. Courses include everything from chemistry and grammar to physical education and drivers ed!
In order to better prepare our students for postsecondary education and the 21st Century workplace, all students entering ninth grade in 2011-2012 must complete at least one course through online learning. Students may take the required online high school course from Florida Virtual School, a district high school or middle school, or through dual enrollment.
Check out our Florida Virtual Public Education Options chart for a quick overview of what program would be best for your child.
How to register:
- Students will still be able to supplement and make-up classes through Florida Virtual School Classic.
- The Florida Virtual School Full-time. option is available as just one more school choice.
- For information about district online programs and classes, contact your local administrator.
Has your child ever enrolled in an online course? If so, what was their experience like?