Beginning in August for the 2021-22 school year, we are excited to announce some changes that will be taking place at Highlands Virtual School for all grade levels K-12. Our learning management system (LMS) will be changing to Canvas, a modern and innovative system that will replace Edgenuity/Buzz. The Canvas LMS allows teachers to provide instructional support, class calendars, assignments, and resources for students in a safe online environment. A feature-rich and easy to use student and parent (observer) mobile app will complement the student experience, making learning online and turning in assignments easier than ever! Since Canvas will communicate with Skyward, this will also allow for us to move our attendance and grade reporting back to Skyward to facilitate easy communication of these items with our students and families.
HVS is also adopting FLVS curriculum for our online courses, which will replace Edgenuity/Buzz next year! Think of the FLVS curriculum as the student’s textbook, it includes a wide-range of diverse activities, providing an engaging and rigorous learning experience for different learning styles. It works inside Canvas, and is supported by our Highlands Virtual School teachers. The content is Florida standards based and includes interactive features, quizzes, engaging video and audio clips, alongside practical written lessons and assessments. FLVS curriculum is thoughtfully designed to help students understand new concepts and master new skills. Our students and families will receive more information and training in Canvas during pre-school orientation and open house.
About HVS Flex
HVS Flex offers enrichment, advancement, and flexibility in a students education through online Kindergarten - 12th grade courses offerings. Flex courses are available for traditional public school students, private school students, or homeschool students in Highlands County. HVS teachers are highly-qualified Highlands County teachers available to students by phone, email, and Google Meet sessions.
HVS Flex courses all follow Florida state standards and are free to Highlands County residents. HVS follows the School Board of Highlands County calendar. During the school year students can complete courses with HVS at their pace either accelerating their course or taking extra time on a difficult subject.
HVS Flex can help students:
✔️ Fulfill online graduation requirements
✔️ Take elective courses not offered at their school
✔️ Provide enrichment courses not offered at their school
✔️ Get ahead on course requirements to free up schedule
✔️ Fulfill physical education requirement
✔️ Make up course credit
How to enroll
Browse courses and discuss with family and school guidance counselor
Check prerequisites to make sure you have completed them
Your guidance counselor will be notified to approve the course (unless you are a homeschool student)
Review our Student Handbook
Your teacher will reach out once you are placed in the course with specific information on how to get started