At the time of writing this, summer vacation has just begun a few days ago in the sunny state of Florida. For most high school students, this means staying out late, house parties, and hanging out with friends without having to worry about waking up at 6am the next morning.
Well, that’s not the case with many students who have failed one or more of their electives during the school year and will be retaking them online with Florida Virtual School. While FLVS is an amazing alternative to summer school (or even school altogether), many classes can be long and tedious, and as a student on summer vacation, I doubt you want to spend most of the time in front of the computer.
There are tons of great elective classes to take on Florida Virtual School, but that doesn’t mean they’re all easy or quick to finish. Here’s a list of electives on FLVS that you can get done with as fast as possible, as well as the electives you’ll probably want to avoid.
Web Design I & II: Worth a whole credit each, the web design courses on FLVS are fun and and interesting, but there’s a lot of focus needed to make sure you’re doing everything right. Since you’ll be creating your very own website using Dreamweaver and Fireworks, you’ll have to follow instructions laid out in the modules closely. If you’re good at focusing and following extensive directions, then you should be fine with the course. Depending on how computer savvy and focused you are, completion time can range from a week to months.Either way, it’s an easy course and can be a huge grade booster since as long as you follow directions, you can easily earn a 95% or higher in the class with barely any mindful effort.
Computing for College and Careers: This is such an easy class that monkeys can do it, all while snagging a clean 100% (okay, at least a 95%). You’ll be learning about basic computer software and hardware (seriously?), write up the occasional business letter (so easy), and you’ll have to complete a typing course (seriously!?) which is annoying because of it’s uselessness but it counts for multiple assignment grades. Worth a whole credit, I managed to finish the class in 6 days, so no excuses.
Drivers Education/Traffic Safety: Worth a half of a credit, you can take this course even if you’ve already got your permit/license… and why shouldn’t you, when the expected completion time is 6 weeks according to the website (the usual completion time is around 12 to 18 weeks), but you can easily finish the course in less than a week. The only downside is that you’ve got to be at least 14 1/2 to take the class.
Among the handful of easier courses in Florida Virtual School, there are some that may seem simple or quick but are actually far from either of those adjectives. These courses are either tough, take forever to complete, or require specific items (i.e. instruments, digital cameras, etc).
- Creative Photography
- Computer Programming
World Religions: This class is worth a half of a credit and is incredibly simple and easy with only around 40 assignments. If you enjoy learning about different religions, then consider taking this course. You can easily have this course done in less than two weeks.
Philosophy: Worth a half of a credit, it’s another simple course with around only 35 assignments. You’ll learn about the history of philosophy, the different philosophical schools of thought, and their founders. You can also have this course finished in less than two weeks if you’re diligent.
Law Studies: This can be finished quickly if the student taking it is interested in law and government. You’ll learn about how the government is structured, the different types of courts, what kind of cases flow through them, and more. This class is worth a half of a credit.
Personal and Family Finance: If you enjoy money or are interested in learning more about finance (but don’t like doing the math part), then this can be an easy-to-finish class for you. Worth a half of a credit, there’s pretty much no real math involved as you’ll be learning about the stock market, credit cards, taxes, and more. Be aware that this course doesn’t count as a math elective.