What grades are offered by Florida Online School?
Florida Online School (FLOS) is available for grades K–11, with plans to add grade 12 for the 2021–2022 school year.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, and history are the core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as art, health/PE, music, and world languages. High school students also have access to electives and career-focused courses.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide textbooks and instructional materials as part of the program. These books and materials are dependent on the student's grade level and the courses they're enrolled in. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students.
Can my child work at their own pace?
The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner.
What happens if my student completes a course mid-year?
Teachers work closely with students to help pace the curriculum to meet the student's goals for advancement.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and students in grades 9–11* will spend nearly their entire school day online. Time online could be spent working on asynchronous lessons, working in Class Connect with teachers synchronously, and collaborating with peers in engaging assignments and projects. We believe in a balanced approach to education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Do you provide curriculum for students with special needs?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my advanced learner?
The beauty of our program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Grade placement assessments, completed as part of the enrollment process, allow us to place your student in the appropriate level of curriculum. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor lesson plans to meet your student's abilities.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. In addition, local groups of students and parents can get together on their own. The family directory provides a way for families to network with other families in their region of the state.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program and no other intrusions into your home.
*Florida Online School offers grades K–11, with plans to add grade 12 in the 2021–2022 school year.