FLDOE Virtual Instruction Program

Required Disclosures

Note: As of March 2017, Florida Connections Academy (FCA) officially changed its name to Connections Education of Florida, LLC. For the 2016-17 school year Disclosures, some documents still use the FCA name as the data contained therein still reflects FCA. For the 2017-18 school year and beyond, documents will be updated with the new name.

The Connections Education of Florida, LLC 2016-17 Course List includes those courses that are currently approved in Florida; this list will be updated as additional courses are approved. The Connections Education Curriculum Development and Revision Process provides an overview of how Connections Education creates its quality online curriculum.

Policies and Procedures

The School Handbook: General Portion and the VIP Program Handbook Supplement contain school policies and procedures. The Employee Handbook contains employment policies and procedures for teachers and staff.

Instructional Personnel

The document below contains the certification status and physical locations of administrative personnel.
View the Florida Administration Certification Report
Instructional staff certification and qualifications are found in the document below.
View the Florida Teacher Certification Report

Hours and Times of Availability of Instructional Personnel

The standard VIP school calendar is included in the School Handbook Supplement. Note that as VIP partners with districts, the calendar may vary to comply with each district’s school calendar.

Because not all Connections teachers are located in Florida, we have structured teacher hours of availability to account for the geographic diversity, and ensure that teachers are available to their students at least 8 hours each weekday:

  • All teachers are available to students and their families during core office hours of 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. EST.
  • All teachers will have additional office hours before or after the core hours; these hours will depend on the time zone in the teacher’s state of residence.
  • Many teachers also have evening hours to accommodate for student scheduling conflicts.
  • Each teacher’s specific hours of availability will be posted at the beginning of the school year.
  • As we partner with districts, additional details on teacher hours for each program will be made available to students and families.

During office hours, teachers are available via WebMail (an internal email system) and telephone. They also conduct LiveLesson® (lessons conducted in real-time over the Internet) sessions. All voice mail and WebMail messages are returned within 24 hours when they are received Monday through Thursday. Messages received on Friday will be returned the next school day during the school calendar year. Teachers grade online student work within 24 hours of completion, and portfolio items within one week on the same basis as stated above. Students have 24/7 access to their grades and teacher comments on their school work through the grade book in Connexus™ (the Education Management System).

Student-Teacher Ratios

Core Courses

Elementary School (grades K–5): The average student-to-teacher ratio for elementary school core courses is 50:1. Teachers have an average of 50 students assigned to them as students in these grades have the same teacher for all of their core courses.

Middle School (grades 6–8): The average student-to-teacher ratio for middle school core courses is 35:1. Teachers have an average of 160–190 students assigned to them as teachers are assigned to particular subjects or grades and have multiple sections of students. In addition, each full-time middle school student has an Advisory Teacher or School Counselor who assists students and Learning Coaches with course selection, student transfers, graduation requirements, college and career planning, interpersonal counseling, and general academic guidance. If these teachers were included in the student-to-teacher ratio, it would be lower.

High School (grades 9–12): The average student to teacher ratio is 35:1 for core courses. Teachers have an average of 150–175 total students assigned to them.

Electives

Music (grades K–8): The average student-to-teacher for music is 35:1. Teachers have an average of 190–200 students assigned to them.

Foreign Language (grades K–8): The average student-to-teacher ratio for foreign language is 35:1. Teachers have an average of 190–200 students assigned to them.

Art and Physical Education (K–8): Both Art and Physical Education are primarily self-directed courses with instruction embedded in the course. Students track their activities, and their activity reports are reviewed and graded by the teacher. Therefore, the average student-to-teacher ratio for Art and Physical Education is not relevant, but if it was calculated in a similar manner to other courses, it would be about 400:1.

High School (grades 9–12): The average student to teacher ratio is between 40:1 and 50:1 for electives. Teachers have an average of 150–175 total students assigned to them.

Student Completion & Promotion Rates

Data documenting completion and promotion rates are provided in the downloadable PDF below titled Student Completion Rates.

View Student Completion Rates (K–8 Florida)
View Student Completion Rates (Connections Academy schools outside Florida grades 9–12)

Student, Educator, and School Performance Accountability Outcomes

Student Performance Data

AYP, School Grades, and student standardized assessment results in total and by subgroup are provided in the document below, titled Student Performance Accountability Florida Connections Academy. Dropout and graduation rates are not applicable to this K–8 program.
View Student Performance Accountability Florida Connections Academy (grades K–8)
View School and Student Performance Accountability (Connections Academy schools outside Florida grades 9–12)

Educator Performance Data (FCA grades K–8)

For the 2016-17 school year, 100% of teachers had satisfactory or better evaluations. Forty percent (40%) of the teacher evaluation was based on student performance. Of the teachers/staff who left during the year or at the end of the year, eighteen (18) left involuntarily. Sixteen (16) teachers left for reasons such as: family or medical, relocation, career change, career advancement, not good fit for virtual environment. The total teacher/staff turnover rate for 2016–17 was approximately 23.7%.

Educator Performance Data (Connections Academy schools outside of Fl grades 9–12)

For the 2016–17 school year, 98% of teachers across Connections Academy public schools had satisfactory or better evaluations. Between 15-50% of the teacher evaluation was based on student performance, depending on state requirements. Of the teachers/staff who left during the year or at the end of the year, twenty-seven (27) left involuntarily and 167 left for reasons such as: family or medical, relocation, career change, career advancement, not good fit for virtual environment. The total teacher/staff turnover rate for 2016-17 was approximately 11.6%.

NCAA Eligibility Information

Connections Education of Florida, LLC has many Florida-approved high school core and elective courses that also meet the NCAA Eligibility Center’s nontraditional core-course legislation. The Connections Education of Florida, LLC Course List denotes which courses approved for use in Florida are also NCAA-approved.

The complete list of Connections Education’s NCAA approved courses are listed on the NCAA Eligibility Center website under the Connections Learning division of Connections Education. Note: the NCAA website provides a complete list of Connections Education’s NCAA-approved courses; not all courses on this list are currently available in Florida.

Course lists for those schools that are fully supported by the Connections Academy division of Connections Education can be found by searching the NCAA website. Most schools contain Connections Academy in their names.