Florida Virtual School (FLVS): An Amazing Alternative School System
I Almost Had To Start High School All Over
I'm not the brightest in the bunch when it comes to math... actually, I'm pretty sure I was one of the most pathetic excuses for a student in any of my math classes. All my life I had trouble with math, and it really hit me hard in 9th grade; Freshman Year for High School down here in Florida.
I was in Alebra 1A, which is basically a class for kids who sucked so bad at math in middle school that they had to have Algebra slowly explained to them in two segments of 1A and 1B. It was simple at first, but with time the problems got incredibly hard. What's worse was my math teacher's set up for the class; every day was the same thing. Come in, sit down, show him your homework, get a 100% A if you wrote SOMETHING down, then start on the next assignment which would be that days homework.
Can you see the problem here? As long as I wrote something down -trust me, ANYTHING- I would get full credit. In desperation to pass the class, I did just that. I managed to keep a B or high C average in the class, due to the tests (which were always multiple choice) getting me down every know and then. Needless to say, I was doing okay.
Then another problem caught up with me; my anxiety and fear of being around so many people, as well as my heavy sleeping. The past year in 8th grade, I had missed a total of 87 days because of this... yes, 71 days! And now it was about to start all over again.
It started out small, missing a day or two every other week, but over a matter of months it progressed to the point I was missing multiple days a week, and I was falling behind not only on my math, but also on my Spanish and Drama elective. I'm just going to leave it at that, and let you know I missed a total of 87 days that year. A new record for me! And did I mention, I lived a maximum of 20 houses down from the school? Laziness, I swear.
Moving on to 10th grade... well, technically I was in 9R (9 Repeat) with 10th grade classes. I had to make up a half credit of Spanish, Algebra and Drama, but that wasn't all... I was failing Algebra again in 10th grade, but doing great in all of my other classes. It was tough to get to school since the high school I was now attending was 20 minutes away. It was new and I wanted to go to it. I'm just going to save you the trouble and let you know that in November, I totally stopped going to school. So what "credit-debt" did I go into then?
Half credit of Spanish, half credit of Algebra I, whole credit of Algebra II, half credit of biology, whole credit of English II, half credit of World History, as well as a half credit of drama elective and computer science elective. I'm sure there is something else I'm missing, but that's all I can think about.
So Where Are You Now?
Now I'm going into 11th grade, or kind of. As of right now I just begun what would have been my "summer vacation", when in reality i've been on vacation since November of '09. about March is when it all hit me hard; I'm not going to graduate at this rate. I needed to catch up, and fast. I didn't want to waste years in high school though!
That's when I found out about FLVS - Florida Virtual School.
Florida Virtual School is basically just what it sounds like; it's a website where you can take your classes online, and finish them at your own pace. Think you can mow down a half years worth of World History in 5 days? Don't think about it- do it! It's what I did!
I signed up for FLVS and started immediately taking classes. I loved being able to work at my own pace as fast or as slow as I want. It's great! I'm very bright when it comes to studies, but just not when it comes to math, so I usually drabble with that last. As of right now, I've finished my half credit of world history in only 5 days (I love history!) and have finished my whole credit of English II in about 2 weeks. Not to mention I'ved finished my half credit of Biology in about two weeks as well. Even better? I did this all at the same time! Now I've just got to work on making up Spanish and my math credits (which I'm doing so right now).
Tell Me More!
FLVS is great if you need to catch up some credits -or in my case, a lot of credits- or if you just want to get high school classes done quicker so you can graduate sooner. They also offer AP classes; how awesome is that? Very awesome!
Even better is that it's totally free! Well, except for the AP exams I believe which are anywhere from 50 to 80 bucks, but general school is totally free. I don't know what'd I'd do without FLVS. If I didn't have them, I'd certainly be in school for an extra good two years. Now, I might possibly graduate at the end of 11th grade if I keep up the pace I'm going at!
Seriously, if you're looking to speed up your graduation date, or to only attend school for half days and take the other classes online, or maybe to make up some missing credits, you cannot go wrong with FLVS - If I remember correctly, FLVS also offers their services to out-of-state students. Check out the site and talk to your parents / school counselor about getting hooked up with FLVS as soon as you can!
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