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The Easiest Elective Classes on Florida Virtual School

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What electives are you taking this summer?

What electives are you taking this summer?

It's Summer Time!

If you're anything like me, 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, having house parties, and hanging out with friends without having to worry about waking up at 6 AM 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 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 the 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 its 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.

Courses to Avoid

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).

  • Journalism
  • Creative Photography
  • Computer Programming
  • Spanish/Chinese/Latin
  • Guitar

World Religions: This class is worth 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 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 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.


11th grader on August 10, 2020:

Anyone take Foundations of programming Honors?

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12th grader on February 10, 2020:

is spanish bad

and i oop sksksk on October 15, 2019:

In my opinion, journalism was actually pretty easy, the lessons weren't that hard and there were barely any throughout the semester, I wouldn't take it though if you hate writing :/

HELP PERFORMING ARTS CREDIT on September 24, 2019:

is there any easy classes to get a performing arts credit? i need one to graduate and idk if any are easy or worth it

eyyy on April 30, 2019:

Like DO NOT take forensic science. Assignments take forever and there are a sh*t ton of projects

HELPPPP on March 28, 2019:

Is business keyboarding good or bad and does it take long and what about career research and decision making and also career in fashion and interior design? Please help ASAP

Junior on February 15, 2019:

I recommend taking Marine Science of FLVS. It's really easy and there are only 47 assignments combined in both Segment 1 and 2. The exams are typically like 5 or so questions too. I even finished the entire class before the third quarter ended.

Danny on December 07, 2018:

I can agree do not take that photography course even you have a camera and even work in the field! I knew most of the questions and even had photos i have taken over a year of what i needed to submit for a grade and my teacher did NOT allow me to do that because its a 2 month old photo!

HistoryMan on October 28, 2018:

World history has 101 assignments in total if you are an honors student with 4 collaboration projects in total. Each lesson takes about 1-2 hours depending on how well your notes are. I take notes online and on pen and paper so in total I understand most of the material. I am a dual enrollment student and I am taking 4 college classes and 1 other high school class and I am in the band/math club/ film club so sometimes I find it difficult to stay on track but I find that the course is about the same amount of difficulty as a regular honors class. If you are looking for an easy A this is not it but it does challenge your brain a lot I just find myself in a time crunch sometimes. Good luck everyone!

11th grade on October 21, 2018:

i just finished peer counseling on FLVS and there is DBA in the course

ABC on October 13, 2018:

can anyone tell me plz that is there any discussion based assessments(DBA) IN PEER COUNSELING..... PLZ REPLY

12th Grade on July 30, 2018:

I recommend taking Anatomy and Physiology it's pretty easy except for the bone project you have to do. But that wasn't that hard you just have to make a fake bone and make sure it can stand on its own and can hold a book.

** on June 19, 2018:

As you guys know, you can take PE online. If you don't want to spend your time at school taking that class, FLVS helps on that. For me only issue was that it took pretty long. You have to send videos of you doing the exercises and take notes of the time and the workout you do every week. Kinda boring but I would recommend it.

e on June 19, 2018:

I highly recommend taking peer counseling too! The class is really really easy and it is fun. Also if you are ELL student, it will teach you to be comfortable with your English.

Mystery girl on June 07, 2018:

I highly highly recommend taking peer counseling on flvs it’s literally the easiest class ever. There’s only 23 assignments of those 23 you will be exempt from 6. You’ll be done in 2 weeks.

. on March 28, 2018:

If any has taken biology on flvs. Please tell me how it was? I'm thinking on taking it diring the summer

never on February 22, 2018:

Do not take sociology. 65 assignments, all pretty long and none are on course hero or anywhere online

Joanna on February 22, 2018:

How many assignments were in computing for college and careers? How many assignments did you do a day to get it done so fast?

Unknown on August 26, 2017:

Actually Chinese wasn't that bad ; handling with highschool work and flvs online was stressful but manageable if you give it your all.

A mama on May 03, 2017:

It's worth noting that taking four related technology courses (Web Design and Computing) meets the Florida Bright Start Vocational Scholarship requirements. Not too shabby, considering the scholarship can pay 75 to 80% of college tuition to a community college. Bright future requirements can change, however, so consult the web site to make sure you take the right courses.

Kameren on September 21, 2016:

I wish I had read this before I started my guitar class. It has been very hard. I had to sign up for 5 guitar classes at local studio just to get a handle on the chords. I got an A first semester and I am working on the second semester. Warning - only take this class if you know a little about guitar first. If you have had lesson already and need an elective course, go for it.

qwerty on August 17, 2016:

If all this is true this should be very helpful

Jasper on April 13, 2016:

Try adding Social media.. its a four week course.

Malice on April 11, 2015:

Thanks so much for posting this! As an full time FLVS user myself, I *completely* agree with the things you said! However, I do admit that while photography was annoying, it is a pretty fast course to complete- as long as you have a camera and are willing to put up with the tedious tests. It was hard, but there were only around 30 assignments in a whole segment. XD

Courtney Hofer on January 04, 2014:

FLVS is an awesome school.

OhGodCreativePhotography on October 01, 2013:

I can personally attest to the fact that Creative Photography is a pain. The lesson structure seems like it's been designed for turtles. It is SO slow. You spend more time learning about the intricate parts of 10 different cameras than you do expressing creativity through creativity. And on top of that, it's not even intellectually stimulating. Just fact after fact. I couldn't even finish the class.

k on January 05, 2013:

wish i knew this before taking computer programming worse course ever

Smarty Pants on June 18, 2012:

Thanks so much, i really needed the estimated time for CCC

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