FLDOE Virtual Instruction Program
The Florida Connections Academy (FCA) 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 FCA VIP Program Handbook Supplement contain school policies and procedures. The FCA Employee Handbook contains employment policies and procedures for teachers and staff.
The document below contains the certification status and physical locations of administrative personnel. View the Connections Learning Florida Administration Certification Report
Instructional staff certification and qualifications are found in the document below.
View the Connections Learning Florida Teacher Certification Report
Hours and Times of Availability of Instructional Personnel
The standard FCA VIP school calendar is included in the School Handbook Supplement. Note that as FCA VIP partners with districts, the calendar may vary to comply with each district’s school calendar.
Because not all Connections Learning teachers are located in Florida, FCA VIP has 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. ET.
- 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 FCA partners 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).
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): Although FCA has not currently partnered with districts to offer high school courses, we anticipate that should FCA partner with districts to provide high school courses and instruction, the average student-to-teacher ratio would be 35:1 for core courses. Teachers would have an average of 150–175 total students assigned to them.
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): Although FCA has not currently partnered with districts to offer high school courses, we anticipate that should FCA partner with districts to provide high school courses and instruction, the average student-to-teacher ratio would be between 40:1 and 50:1 for electives. Teachers would have an average of 150–175 total students assigned to them.
Student Completion & Promotion Rates
Student Completion & Promotion Rates
Data documenting completion and promotion rates are provided in the downloadable PDF below titled Student Completion Rates.
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 2014-15 school year, 98 percent of teachers had satisfactory or better evaluations. Forty percent 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, two left involuntarily. Twenty-one 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 2014–15 was approximately 19 percent.
Educator Performance Data (Connections Academy schools outside of Florida grades 9–12)
For the 2014–15 school year, 96 percent of teachers across Connections Academy public schools had satisfactory or better evaluations. Between 15–50 percent 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, 20 left involuntarily and 184 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 2014–15 was approximately 18 percent.