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Orange County Virtual School Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll full-time in Orange County Virtual School?
Enrollment in our full-time program takes place before the first and second semesters of the school year (for students in grades K-12). Students/parents should complete the prospective full-time student application online during the application window. Applications must be completed in full. Once an application is received by a school counselor, we will make contact with the student/parent via email.

How do I enroll part-time in Orange County Virtual School?
Students in grades K-12 who attend a traditional OCPS school and want to take additional courses online with OCVS may do so. Course requests must be approved by the student's guidance counselor and parent/guardian. K- 5 Enroll / 6-12 Enroll

Flex/Home Ed students are also considered part-time students. Enroll 

Do I need to get approval from my guidance counselor to enroll in OCVS virtual courses?
Students only require approval from their brick and mortar counselor if they are taking courses part-time with OCVS. When students sign-up for a course, it is digitally sent to counselors for their approval. Students can enroll in part-time courses at any time due to our rolling enrollment. 

What is the difference between OCVS and FLVS?
Both programs utilize the same online curriculum and platform (FLVS). OCVS courses are taught by local OCPS teachers. Additionally, our program combines online instruction and face-to-face support at our campus in College Park.

Is Orange County Virtual School accredited?
Yes. Along with all Orange County Public Schools, OCVS is fully accredited by AdvancED. 

Orange County Virtual School is also registered with the Florida State Department of Education and a part of the Orange County Public School system. Our accredited online high school diploma and all credits earned at OCVS are accepted by other 6-12 schools, colleges, universities, the military, and employers.

Can I use a diploma from Orange County Virtual School to enroll in college, join the military or gain employment?
Yes. Orange County Virtual School has a solid reputation within the academic community. OCVS offers a standard high school diploma that meets state and school board requirements. Our graduates seamlessly move on to post-secondary education, employment, or enlist in the military. OCVS graduates attend major colleges and universities throughout the country.  

Is Orange County Virtual School available to everyone?
OCVS is a public school serving grades K-12. If you meet OCVS admission requirements and have determined that online learning is suitable for your needs, you are encouraged to apply for enrollment. OCVS thrives on diversity and feels our diverse student body is what sets us apart from other traditional schools. We offer a well-rounded learning experience designed to prepare students for a successful future.  

Is there a max number of spots for OCVS? What is the latest date that students can be enrolled for the school year?
We currently do not have a cap on student enrollments and have spots available for incoming students.  Our full-time enrollment does have enrollment periods two times during the school year, before each semester. However, our part-time program continues to have rolling enrollment throughout the year. 

How does attendance work at Orange County Virtual School?
OCVS offers a true distance learning experience that does not require seat time in a traditional classroom. Periodically, standardized testing and academic interventions require students to attend face-to-face activities. Teachers may exercise the option of having students take face-to-face proctored assignments and exams to ensure fidelity. Students are expected to actively participate in all courses on a weekly basis in order to maintain educational integrity. Students are considered truant if there is no participation in the online courses for more than one week without prior approval and will be reported as truant to the proper authorities.

How do I know if online learning right for me?
A successful online learner is a motivated self-starter and is committed to the success of his or her education. While OCVS offers world-class educational opportunities, there is a high degree of accountability placed upon the student.  OCVS is not an alternative school or dropout prevention program.   

Is there a cost to enroll?
As a public school, enrollment at OCVS is free to Orange County residents.

Who teaches the online courses at OCVS?
All online courses and programs are taught by highly qualified Orange County Public School instructors that meet Florida Department of Education certification requirements. You can be sure that quality in education is our highest priority.

What if the student has questions or problems while taking a course?
Students are assigned an instructor for each course. Instructors are available daily M-F via phone or email. Teachers also have online office hours throughout the week. Support services are available to all Orange County Virtual School students through our guidance department.

What is the difference between OCVS and traditional brick-and-mortar schools?
There is no difference in the curriculum between OCVS and traditional schools. There is a significant difference in the flexibility offered to all OCVS students in the way they can earn their courses/credits online.

Is OCVS less challenging than other traditional accredited schools?
No. As an accredited school, OCVS offers a flexible alternative for students. It is not an easier option than traditional accredited schools. All courses are written at or above grade level and require an average of one to two hours of focused study on a daily basis to complete one course/course segment within the traditional semester time frame. Our courses engage students in real-life projects, requiring the use of critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and the ability to apply the knowledge they have acquired.

As a parent, will I be kept informed of my students' progress?
Yes. As a parent, you will likely receive more updates and information about your student's progress than ever before. We strongly feel that a parent's involvement in a child's education is the key to success. Our teachers are in frequent communication with parents. You can always see how your child is performing by logging into your VSA parent account.

What do I do after completing my online Drivers Ed course?
There is a process to be done after completing the course. Get more information. 

2020-2021 School Year Questions:

Do OCPS students have to withdraw from their physical school in order to apply at OCVS?
Parents will ONLY withdraw from their zoned school when they register/enroll at OCVS. There is an OCVS application or interest form that families may complete in order to begin the enrollment process. This aids and assist in determining if virtual school is a good option for your child.

 

My child is already enrolled in an OCPS school. Do I still have to fill out the registration packet and turn in all of the documents?
The registration packet will need to be filled out whether you are a new or current OCPS student. This is a district requirement. Once you request the withdrawal from your child's zone school, the zone school will provide you with a copy of the documents you will need to submit to OCVS (birth certificate, immunization record, physical, etc.). Please submit these to the email address located in the acceptance email.

 

How will gifted classes work via [email protected]? Are all offered on OCVS?
OCVS does not currently offer Gifted services, but however does provide rigorous and challenging courses for students. In the past, Gifted students received services at their zoned school. Gifted and Academically-Talented students may take advantage of acceleration, Honors and AP courses that are offered through OCVS diverse course options. There are many opportunities for enrichment, project-based learning and inquiry-based learning.

What digital or distance options are available to students with Significant Disabilities (Access Points)?
OCVS staff will meet with parents to discuss and review the goals written in a student's IEP and determine if virtual schooling meets the individual needs. Due to the nature of virtual learning (i.e. self-paced, master learning), it may lend itself to meet the differentiated needs of most students with special needs.

 

For children in groups such as ESOL, ELL, gifted, and other special needs, will OCVS offer more options to meet the needs of these children?
ELL students are provided equal access to educational programs offered in OCPS, as established by the Consent Decree. OCVS highly qualified teachers will provide instruction in alignment with the Florida State standards and virtual curriculum to ensure grade-level instruction. OCVS will ensure that ELLs receive comprehensible instruction using effective strategies and accommodations.

 

When can my child transition back to their physical school building?
The scope and sequence of virtual school curriculum is not aligned with traditional brick and mortar schools. Virtual school terms are broken into semesters instead of quarter periods. It is less disruptive to a student's education if the student transitions back to his/her zoned school at the end of the semester or at the end of the year to ensure they have completed their coursework.

 

Will AP courses, Science courses with labs, and/or elective classes be provided at OCVS?
OCVS offers Advanced Placement Courses. There are also many elective courses offered online. Students can explore their interests in many areas such as photography, guitar, creative writing; world languages, 2D studio art and game/simulation and design. Please review our Course Catalog for more information.

Will OCVS provide students with laptops?
OCVS students enrolled in our Full-time K-12 programs can receive a school-issued laptop to borrow for the semester/school year. Laptop distribution information will be sent to accepted OCVS families before the start of the school year.

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