Brevard Public Schools
Virtual Instruction Programs
Virtual Learning - Education Beyond Boundaries

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll full-time in Brevard Virtual School?

Enrollment in our full-time program takes place before the first and second semesters of the school year.  Parents/Guardians should complete the prospective full-time student application online on the Enrollment Opportunities page  and submit it electronically during the application window. Applications must be completed in full. Once your application is received, we will review the student’s eligibility and contact the parent/guardian via email.

 Is Brevard Virtual School Accredited?

Brevard Virtual School is fully accredited by AdvancED, SACS-CASI, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.  Brevard Virtual School is also registered with the Florida State Department of Education and is part of the Brevard Public School system. Our accredited online high school diploma and all credits earned at Brevard Virtual are accepted by other 6-12 schools, colleges, universities, the military and employers.

Can I use a diploma from Brevard Virtual School to enroll into college, join the military or gain employment?

Brevard Virtual offers a standard high school diploma that meets state and school board requirements.  We advise that you contact your prospective post-secondary education institute, military recruiter or potential employer to discuss specific requirements they may have in place. 

Is Brevard Virtual available to everyone?

Brevard Virtual is a public school serving grades K-12. If you meet Brevard Virtual admission requirements and have determined that online learning is suitable for your needs, you are encouraged to apply for enrollment. Brevard Virtual thrives on diversity and feels our diverse student body is what sets us apart from other traditional schools. We truly offer a well-rounded and diversified learning experience.

 Is the school’s online environment safe?

Brevard Virtual is proud of its safe online environment. Staff members monitor school chat rooms and discussion boards. Staff members regularly archive and review chat conversations.

How do we know the students are learning?

All courses include meaningful assessments of student learning. Teachers are in regular contact with all students.  In addition, full time students are required to take standardized tests to meet promotion and graduation standards so that their learning can be compared to students statewide.

 Is there a face-to-face requirement?

Brevard Virtual 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.  If a student is struggling to understand concepts or maintain adequate pace in courses, he/she may also be required to meet face-to-face with the teacher, guidance counselor or administration.

What sort of attendance is required?

Full-time students are expected to actively participate in courses on a daily basis in order to maintain educational integrity. Students will be considered truant if there is no participation in the online courses on a regular basis without prior approval and will be reported as truant to the proper authorities.  Specific procedures regarding attendance vary slightly in each program and are communicated with students and parents/guardians prior to enrollment.  To review more details, access the Program Information, Policies and Expectations document.

 How do I know if online learning is right for me?

A successful online learner is a motivated self-starter and is committed to the success of his or her education. While Brevard Virtual offers world-class educational opportunities, there is a high degree of accountability placed upon the student. That can only be achieved by putting forth much effort. Like anything, the more effort you put into your education, the greater the benefit.

 As the parent/guardian, how do I know if online learning is right for my family?

The decision to become a full-time online student requires a commitment from both the student and parent/guardian.  The parent/guardian takes on a very important role when the student is learning through distance education.  In grades K-5, the parent/guardian is working hand-in-hand with the student, leading the learning process with the guidance of the teacher.  It is not unlikely for the parent/guardian to spend 5-6 hours per day working with the student.  In grades 6-12, the parent/guardian must provide adequate structure, support and guidance.  Despite the age of the student, it is not advisable to leave an online student at home alone.  The online student is still a child and needs supervision, structure and support that can only be provided by the parent/guardian in the home.  The most successful students have a highly engaged parent/guardian at home.

 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 critical. Our teachers provide frequent online reports to parents.  You can always see how your child is performing by logging in to the parent section of each online platform.

 Can I attend Brevard Virtual on a full or part-time basis?

It is our goal to provide students with whatever level of service they require. We can offer a full curriculum for grades K-12.  In addition, we offer part-time enrollment for students in grades 6-12 in courses that may satisfy your current private or public school graduation requirements; or supplement your home school curriculum.

 What is the cost?

None, there are no tuition fees to Brevard County residents. 

 Who teaches the online courses at Brevard Virtual?

All online high school courses and programs are taught by highly qualified Brevard Public School instructors who meet Florida Department of Education certification requirements.  You can be assured 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 via web conference, email, or telephone. Support services are available to all Brevard Virtual School students through our guidance department.

What is the difference between Brevard Virtual and traditional brick-and-mortar high schools?

There is no difference in the curriculum between Brevard Virtual and traditional high schools. There is a significant difference in the flexibility offered to all Brevard Virtual students in the way they can earn their courses/ credits online.

Is Brevard Virtual less challenging than other traditional accredited high schools?

No.  As an accredited school, Brevard Virtual offers a flexible alternative for students. It is not an easier option than traditional accredited high 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 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.

Who are Brevard Virtual students?

Any student seeking a quality education through a flexible format is a potential Brevard Virtual student.   Our students are those who will benefit from individualized instruction, athletes, performers, highly motivated students who prefer to accelerate, part-time students, students who travel, students with medical issues, or home school students.

 
Do you have more questions?
Please contact us at:   321-633-3660 or submit your question via email to VirtualSchoolInfo@Brevardschools.org