How It Works
Curious how online learning works?
With online learning, your child can learn at home, or wherever there's an internet connection, while enjoying the benefits and support of a school program. They'll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities, using Stride K12-provided books and materials.* State-certified teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called "Class Connects".
What to Expect
What's my role as a parent?
You'll play an active and important role as your child's Learning Coach. Plan time each day to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child's legal guardian cannot fill this role, you can choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to be the Learning Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to attend Digital Academy of Florida (DAOF)?
Any student in grades K–12 who resides in Florida is eligible for full-time enrollment.
How many of my children can I enroll in DAOF?
Because DAOF provides the lesson plans and materials needed for grades K–12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.
What does it cost to attend DAOF?
DAOF is a public school, so there is no tuition. We provide Florida-certified teachers and instructional materials. Students and families will be responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What is the attendance policy?
DAOF works with families toward a positive attendance record to meet their required number of instructional days. Attendance is logged daily in the Online School by the parent/Learning Coach. All families must attend an in-person Parent Orientation, and new students will complete the Online Learning course via the Online School. Families must maintain regular communication with DAOF teachers. Students and parents/Learning Coaches must check their email and phone messages daily. Students must attend all required Class Connect live sessions for direct instruction as directed by their teachers and according to their individualized plan.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their student's teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar. Extended travel, except during normal school vacation periods, requires written notification and vacation contract approval by the Head of School or designee. This should be completed at least one week prior to the extended absence. Family vacations will not be approved during the mandated FSA testing periods in the spring.
How much time will my child spend online?
In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Students in grades K–2 spend about 30–40 percent of their time on the computer, while students in grades 3–5 spend about 50–60 percent of their time online. Screen time increases in middle school, and by high school, most of the school day is online.
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, Stride K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
*Course materials vary by course and school.