STILL ENROLLING K-8 FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR!
Virtual Prep Academy of Florida is a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-10 living in Florida. We are so excited to work with you and your family, and we appreciate that we are your school of choice!
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Families will have access to an online enrollment portal to complete admissions forms and upload compliance documentation required for public school enrollment in Florida, including proof of identity, proof of Florida residence, and proof of current immunization record.
Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida is a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-10 living in Florida. As a statewide virtual school, the Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida will admit all students who reside in Florida, provided there is the capacity to serve that student’s grade level per the annual enrollment goals for each year. All students are welcome.
If the number of applicants exceeds an approved board policy for enrollment, the VPA of Florida will conduct a random selection lottery after first granting enrollment preferences to the following populations:
If the number of lottery applications does NOT exceed the number of available seats, registration opens to the public and enrolls until capacity.
Notification of the lottery will serve as public notice of an official meeting, even if no action(s) are anticipated to be taken by members of the VPA of Florida Board at the time of the lottery.
If an enrollment lottery is required, the following guidelines will apply:
Any applicant student who is not offered enrollment will be placed on a waitlist.
The enrollment proceedings will aim to reach a target enrollment range for each school year. However, unexpected increases or decreases in students can happen in various grades year over year. When over-demand and under-demand occur within grade levels, the hiring of teachers will be adjusted to maintain the class size expectations set forth by a school.
The waitlist is the ordered list of applicant students without enrollment offers. The waitlist for each school year is initiated through the lottery process. Once all available enrollment opportunities are offered, the remaining applicant students will be added to the waitlist in the order drawn. The waitlist remains active through the academic year. The waitlist for a given year is not carried over to the next school year. A new enrollment application is required for each school year for which a student seeks a new enrollment.
Students who wish to transfer to VPA of Florida mid-school year may do so if the school can serve that student in that grade level. Otherwise, the student will be added to a waitlist for that grade level.
All enrollment procedures displayed here have been vetted and reviewed to assure compliance with all federal, state, and local statutes and policies. The procedures are compliant with FERPA, HIPA, OCR, and USDOE guidelines and regulatory statutes. The school adheres to all provisions of federal law related to students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEA”).
To begin the Enrollment Process, please create an account on the enrollment portal and complete the online registration application.
Your student will be enrolled once the enrollment application is received, along with all required admissions documents and verification. Upon admission, additional registration materials will be collected. If you need help, a member of our enrollment team is here to support you through this process.
Students must reside in the state of Florida to be eligible for enrollment.
Age eligibility per the Florida Education Code (Section 1003.21, Florida Statutes) is as follows:
KINDERGARTEN – Must be age 5 by September 1st of the current school year.
Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida prohibits discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s sex (including sexual orientation or gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition); ethnicity (such as race, color, national origin, and ancestry); religion; disability (mental or physical or reasonable accommodation); age; marital status; or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance or regulation.
The school adheres to all provisions of federal law related to students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEA”).
Proof of Student Identity & Guardianship: Copy of your child’s birth certificate (official or hospital-issued) showing the child’s legal name, place and date of birth, and legal guardian(s). If the birth certificate is unavailable, your alternate option is a combination of Proof of Guardianship (court documentation) and Proof of Identity (child’s passport or birth affidavit). (Section 1003.21, Florida Statutes)
Proof of Residency: Documentation that proves the residency of the student and their primary parent/legal guardian. When the child lives with the legal guardian and the proof of residency documentation is in the legal guardian’s name, any one of these documents is accepted. If you cannot provide any of the documents below, contact the school office.
Proof of Physical Examination
The physical examination must have been completed within the last twelve months before the anticipated day of enrollment by a licensed health professional in Florida, Puerto Rico, or the state where the student resided at the time of the exam. If the student has ever been in a Florida school, that student is exempt, provided there is documented evidence of a physical form from that Florida school. We will presume that students who have attended a Florida school have already had a physical examination. Students entering Kindergarten from an Osceola County School District VPK program will have already met the school entry physical requirement. If, when requested records are received or upon other verification as documented, no valid physical examination documentation is presented, the student will be required to submit to a physical examination. Certification that a health examination has been completed may be documented on the State of Florida, Department of Health, DH Form 3040-CHP-07/2013, “School Entry Health Exam form,” which is available online, or a signed statement by an authorized professional that indicates the results of the components included in the health examination. (Section 1003.22(1), Florida Statutes) If, when requested records are received or upon other verification as documented, no valid physical examination documentation is presented, the student will be required to submit to a physical examination within 30 days of notification.
Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida does not discriminate based on disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, need for special education services, or any other grounds prohibited by law. Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida serves students with disabilities and English Learners. It provides services to students as required by state and federal law. In most cases, the services required by a student with disabilities can be provided at Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida. In some cases, a student’s individual needs require that they be placed at a different program or location as determined by an IEP or Section 504 team.
What does it cost TO ENROLL?
Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida is a public school. There is no tuition associated with enrollment. However, any cost associated with field trips and extracurricular activities is the parent’s responsibility.
WHAT GRADES ARE OFFERED BY THE SCHOOL?
Virtual Preparatory Academy of Florida serves grades K-10.
WHAT SUBJECTS WILL MY CHILD TAKE?
We offer traditional core and elective course options depending on the grade level.
WILL MY STUDENT HAVE A FLORIDA-CREDENTIALED TEACHER?
Yes. Our teachers hold current Florida teaching credentials.
DOES THE SCHOOL SUPPLY COURSE MATERIALS?
The school offers the opportunity for each family to request a loaned computer at no expense. Elementary students receive a workbook, but most course materials are digital and accessed online.
CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE ACCELERATED LEARNERS OR STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AS GIFTED?
The very nature of an online program can allow for acceleration. Our individualized approach allows teachers to assess students to find their challenge points in the elementary grades.
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