Online education isn’t just a solitary pursuit anymore. Now students enrolled full-time or part-time in Florida Virtual School (FLVS) have many opportunities to explore interests outside their classes, meet other students, and experience “school” life.
FLVS offers virtual “clubs”
Hundreds of Florida Virtual School students have the opportunity to “virtually” participate in clubs and other extracurricular activities. Florida’s range of activities outside the online classroom includes Future Business Leaders of America, Science Club, Spanish Honor Society, Model UN Club, Newspaper Club and more.
As a member of the FLVS Science Club, for example, students have participated in Earth Day activities, attended local science fairs, written articles about environmental issues, and participated in field trips and competitions like the Florida State Science Olympiad.
Online clubs and groups are only open to FLVS middle school and high school students who are active in at least one course. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible for part-time virtual school enrollment.
This means if a club is very important to your student and it is not offered at his or her school, your student can enroll in a virtual class and join.
For those unfamiliar with virtual schools, in short, virtual schools are distance education schools run by the public school system. They offer instruction through web-based applications that students complete at home. They are responsible for any state testing requirements and the virtual school keeps regular records of academic achievement.
Florida Virtual School offers education for students in grades K-12. This school is funded by the state, and does not charge tuition.
Virtual schools are held to the same high standard as regular public schools. Instructors are certified teachers who work only for the virtual school, or work for the virtual school as part of their contract with the school district.
To allay any confusion, virtual schools are not homeschools. Virtual schools consider students to be public school students and get state money for their enrollment.
For more information on FLVS clubs, click here.
For more information on Florida Virtual School, click here.
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