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Enrollment begins for Sarasota Virtual School
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Enrollment begins for Sarasota Virtual School

Sarasota County, Florida -- Open enrollment for Sarasota Virtual School will begin Tuesday, Nov. 19, for the second semester of the current 2013-14 school year. The enrollment period will close at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13. The semester starts Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.    

Sarasota Virtual School is a district public school which provides a full-time online learning option for students in grades K-12. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade may enroll in the district’s full-time virtual program regardless of where they were previously enrolled in school. Students in grades six-12 must have been enrolled full-time in a Florida public school (traditional, charter or alternative) in the previous year to be eligible for enrollment in Sarasota Virtual School.      

Sarasota Virtual School is an interactive learning environment created through technology, in which the student and teacher are separated by time, space or both. Students access lessons and assignments and receive assessments via the Internet. Using technology, teachers communicate with students and parents in many different ways. The school meets all Florida public school standards and requirements. Students completing graduation requirements will be awarded a high school diploma.      

The Sarasota County School District contracts with three outside virtual instruction providers approved by the School Board of Sarasota County to serve Sarasota Virtual School. K12 Florida provides the district with online learning services for students in grades K-12; Florida Virtual School serves students in grades nine-12; Edgenuity provides virtual instruction to students enrolled in grades 6-12. Middle school students may choose either K12 Florida or Edgenuity; high school students have the option of using any of the three virtual instruction providers to meet their specific needs.       

The school uses a state-approved curriculum with instructional materials that may include textbooks and a variety of printed materials. Computers may be provided at no charge to eligible students who meet family income requirements. Comcast Cable also offers an affordable program, www.internetessentials.com, for Internet access. Instructors are certified highly qualified teachers, as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind law.       

Sarasota Virtual School is graded, just as all schools in Florida receive a grade each year. Teachers monitor student progress and give assignments online and through physical materials shipped to and from students. Student attendance is monitored based on online activity, completion of material and successful assessment scores. Textbooks and traditional instructional materials are used, but much of the content is delivered via the providers’ websites, www.k12.com/flvp (K12 Florida, serving grades K-12), www.flvsft.com (Florida Virtual School, serving grades nine-12) and www.edgenuity.com (Edgenuity, serving grades six-12).      

All students who are currently in grades K-five are eligible to enroll in Sarasota Virtual School, as are students in grades six-12 who were enrolled in a Florida public school (traditional, charter or alternative) no later than Oct. 1, 2012. According to current Florida Statute, students in grades six-12 who were home-schooled during the 2012-13 school year are not eligible for SVS. 

Parents of eligible students who are interested in this option must schedule an appointment with the Sarasota Virtual School administrator to discuss their student’s needs. The Sarasota Virtual School office can be reached at 941-927-9000, ext. 32289, or via email at SVS@sarasota.k12.fl.us. 

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