School Choice

Sarasota Virtual School Full Time (Public K-12 Online Virtual Instruction Program) 

Sarasota Virtual School Full Time (SVS FT) is an interactive learning environment created through technology, in which the student and teacher are separated by time, space or both In accordance with Florida Statute 1002.45, SVS FT is a free public online school that serves K-12 students residing in Sarasota County. Students access lessons and assignments and receive assessments through the Internet. The school meets all Florida public school standards, obligations and receives a school grade along with all Florida schools. SVS FT students completing graduation requirements will be awarded a Sarasota County high school diploma. 

Sarasota County Schools contracts with four outside vendors, K12 Florida, Inc., Florida Virtual Schoo l (FLVS), Connections Learning and Edgenuity, to provide SVS FT students with teachers who are highly qualified and certified as defined by the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Each provider offers curricula and content which address State Standards. K12 Florida, Inc., FLVS and Connections Learning provides online learning services for students in grades K-12. Edgenuity serves students in grades 6-12. Single courses for students in grades K-8 are available through K12 Florida, Inc.

The annual 90-day open enrollment period ends 30 days before the first day of each school year, and will be available to students seeking to enroll in SVS FT.  The open enrollment period will be announced by the Office of School Choice, Virtual School and Charter Schools in February. SVS FT is accessible to all students.  SVS FT is accessible to all students. Interested parents are required to have a face-to-face interview with the SVS FT academic advisor and their student(s) prior to enrolling. Parents of students in special programs are advised to carefully consider the appropriateness of a virtual instruction option. Prior to enrolling, a meeting shall occur with the SVS FT administrator and academic advisor, student, parent/guardian, and appropriate staff members from the currently enrolled district school to determine the appropriateness of assignment to a full time virtual learning environment for a student with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a 504 Accommodation Plan or an English Language Learner Plan (ELL), 

Students who qualify for the Free/Reduced Price Lunch Program may be provided access to Internet connection and/or a computer.

Pursuant to F.S. 1002.455, students who meet the following criteria are eligible to attend Sarasota Virtual School:

1. The student spent the prior school year attending a public school in the state and was enrolled and reported by the school district for funding during October and February for purposes of the Florida Education Finance Program surveys;
2.  The student is a dependent child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who was transferred within the last 12 months to this state from another state or from a foreign country pursuant to a permanent change of station order;
3. The student was enrolled during the prior school year in a virtual instruction program under s. 1002.45 or a  full-time Florida Virtual School program under s. 1002.37(8)(a);
4. The student has a sibling who is currently enrolled in a virtual instruction program and the sibling was enrolled in that program at the end of the prior school year;
5. The student is eligible to enter kindergarten or first grade; or
6.The student is eligible to enter grades 2 through 5 and is enrolled full-time in a school district virtual instruction program, virtual charter school, or the Florida Virtual School.

Pursuant to F.S. 1002.455, students in grades 6-12 who were home-schooled during the previous school year are not eligible to enroll in SVS FT.

SVS FT students are required to follow Sarasota County School Board policies and the rules, guidelines and procedures that are specified in the Sarasota County Student and Family Handbook and the Student Progression Plan. Students enrolled in this full time virtual option will follow the District School Calendar and take all required state and district assessments.

For more information contact Katrina Ward at the  School Choice Office at 941-927-9000, ext. 32289, or via e-mail at  

Virtual Instruction Information and Resources

Sarasota Virtual School Full Time

2016-2017 Open Enrollment

Start Date:  February 8, 2016

End Date:    July11, 2016