Can You Get a High School Diploma through Florida Virtual School?
A Simple Question, but a Complicated Answer
Many parents and students of FLVS often wonder just how the graduation process works -- they know that you can make up high school, and also middle school, credits and classes, but how do they go about obtaining a high school diploma if they're planning on doing Florida Virtual School full-time?
It's worth knowing that Florida Virtual School alone doesn't exactly just offer diplomas, but that doesn't mean you're not able to get a diploma! In fact, you have three options based on what you're dealing with:
FLVS as a Public School Student
Most students who take Florida Virtual School are already high school students who are enrolled in a physical school but are taking courses online in order to either graduate early, make up a credit, or fill in for any classes that they didn't offer in the school.
However, if you want to take Florida Virtual School 100% full-time without attending physical school, you can do this too -- you will need to speak with your guidance counselor and they can help you with this. You'll be enrolled at the physical school and you'll have your usual guidance counselor, but instead of attending school, you'll be doing Florida Virtual School full-time from home (or even from the school if you want to for some reason). It's up to you.
You'll need to keep contact with your guidance counselor in order to discuss the courses you'll need to take and to keep tabs on any important school functions that you might be interested in attending, such as prom, since you wont be physically in school to learn about all of this. When graduation rolls around, you'll walk the stage with your in-school peers.
I personally recommend this option out of the three since it's fairly simple and you'll receive a diploma and graduate from an accredited high school. This is the option I went with.
FLVS as a Homeschool Student
By registering as a homeschool student with Florida Virtual School, it's up to you and your parents to issue your own diploma just as a regular home school student would receive. You can register as a homeschool student in your district and join a homeschool group that grants diplomas, which is what most homeschool FLVS students do. While you'll take all of your credits/classes with FLVS, the homeschool group will be the one to issue you a real diploma.
- Florida Virtual School Full Time
Learn more about FLVSFT.
FLVS as a Full Time Student
Florida Virtual School and Connections Academy (another well received virtual school) decided to work together and create Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT) which while being similar to the option of being a homeschool student on FLVS, does in fact issue diplomas upon completion.
With FLVS FT, coursework is done from the home environment with the parents being responsible for taking attendance. There aren't any fees involved for eligible students either since it's part of Florida's public education system, and unlike taking the usual FLVS courses whenever you feel like during the year, it's a 180-program, just like a real school year.
Whichever option you decide to go with, it's always important to discuss them all with your family and your guidance counselor, as well as weighing the pros and cons of each. Please be aware that this information only pertains to actual Florida residents. While it may be relevant to those outside of the state of Florida, I cannot be sure since I am a Florida resident and past student of Florida Virtual School!
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