Florida Virtual School
Florida Virtual School
Below is a table showing the key differences and similarities between CHS and the state-sponsored, full-time virtual public school programs offered in this state.
|Attribute or Policy||Florida Virtual School –Full-Time Option||Florida Virtual School –Home Education Option||Citizens’ High School|
|Awards an Accredited Diploma||Yes||No1||Yes|
|Accredited by a Legitimate Accrediting Agency*||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Diploma awarded is widely recognized by schools & employers||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Operated as a Public School District||Yes||Yes||No|
|Requires periodic academic evaluations of students||No||Yes||No|
|Requires state-sponsored standardized exams||Yes||No||No|
|Requires End of Course exams||Yes||No||Yes|
|Requires online exams and periodic assessments by phone||Yes||Yes||No|
|Requires adherence to state-dictated school-year calendar||Yes||No||No|
|Keeps student records for parents||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Staffed with state-certified teachers||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Academic Advisors or Guidance Counselors aid with class planning||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Requires online class attendance and work using the Internet||Yes||Yes||No|
|Offers high-quality, state-approved textbooks for no additional cost||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Offers any needed computers and Internet service at no added cost||No3||No3||Yes4|
|Offers college prep diploma program||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Offers academic credit for past courses taken and passed||Yes||No||Yes|
|Allows year-round enrollment and academic-year start dates||No||Yes||Yes|
|Academic Year Length of 9 Months||Yes||No5||Yes, 9 months or less|
|Charges Tuition to students||No6||No6||Yes7|
|Age of school since founding||Under 20 years||Under 20 years||More than 30 years|
|Offers discount for textbooks that are reused in multi-student families||No||No||Yes|
|Requires prior public school attendance (grades 2 – 5.)||No||Yes||No|
*A “legitimate” accrediting agency is one that is listed by the U.S. Department of Education (DoE.) CHS is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed as a national accrediting organization by the DoE.
1To be awarded a high school diploma, Florida Virtual School Home Education (homeschooled) students must pass a GED exam after completing their high school graduation requirements.
2Grades and transcripts are kept by the student’s local public school district.
3Not provided, except when approved. Must meet specific hardship requirements.
4Citizens’ High School does not require any online work or attendance.
5Pace of study is determined by the student and parent.
6No tuition cost to Florida residents. For out-of-state residents, the tuition is $400 per full credit.
7Citizens’ High School offers an affordable tuition of $179 per course, or $716 per academic year in a convenient, no-interest payment plan of $179 down and $99 per month until paid (in six months.)