2020-21 Virtual Course Offerings

Frisco ISD is committed to providing a robust, #FutureReady instructional experience to all students regardless of their instructional environment. As a result of recent guidance from the Texas Education Agency, the District is pleased to be able to offer nearly all secondary courses through the Virtual Academy. While parents will still need to commit to either Virtual Academy or face-to-face instruction, secondary students will have access to courses they originally chose in the spring, with a limited number of exceptions, in an online environment.

New online offerings include all core subject courses and most elective courses, including career and technical education (CTE). Fine arts courses, including band, choir, dance, orchestra, theater and visual arts, will also be offered online at all levels. This includes fine arts Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. Please note there will still be a small number of courses that will be unavailable online or that will require some face-to-face components for students to be successful, as outlined below. Additionally, as with a typical school year, some courses may not “make” due to a lack of student interest.

Please note: If a course is not listed below, it is offered in a virtual environment.

Special Populations

Students who are guaranteed related services through Special Education, English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education, 504, etc. and choose Virtual Academy will be provided the opportunity to convene a meeting to revise their supports and services to ensure FISD meets the needs of students virtually.

Course Selection Process

Frisco ISD will automatically place students in courses based on their choice of virtual or on-campus instruction and the preferences they previously indicated during course selection in the spring. There will no longer be a need for Virtual Academy students to go through a whole new course selection process beyond the normal schedule changes that occur every year. Campus staff will communicate with students if scheduling decisions need to be made as a result of changes to the master schedule. This will follow the District’s typical process for resolving scheduling issues at the beginning of the school year. 

It should be noted that if a course is offered online, Virtual Academy students will be required to take the course virtually. Athletics courses are not available virtually, so middle school and high school students will have the ability to participate in athletics while taking the rest of their courses online.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information. If you are interested in reading course descriptions, please check the High School Academic Guide and Course Catalog, 8th grade schedule card, 7th grade schedule card or the 6th grade schedule card

Please note: If a course is not listed below, it is offered in a virtual environment.

Courses With On-Campus Components

These courses will be offered virtually but will require students to meet on a high school campus up to four times per marking period for learning activities that cannot be reasonably completed at home. Activities could include assessments, science labs, language labs, collaborative presentations or other teacher-directed learning. This list is subject to change pending additional TEA guidance, scheduling or personnel issues.

Students will attend the on-campus activity during their regularly scheduled class period, but will arrive 10 minutes after the bell and leave 10 minutes before the bell, so they will not be in the hallways with the face-to-face students. A maximum of 20 students will attend an on-campus activity at one time. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to and from the on-campus activity. Depending on the location of the Virtual Academy instructor, students may be required to attend a learning activity at a campus other than their home campus. Teachers will provide additional information during the first week of instruction.

For the first nine weeks, the on-campus requirements will be reduced since school is starting virtually. Click here to see the number of times that students will be required to attend campus for each course and the week that they will attend for the first marking period.  

Course Listing

  • AP Biology

  • AP Seminar

  • AP Chemistry

  • Child Development

  • AP Computer Science Principles

  • AP Art 3D

  • Ceramics

  • Video Technology

  • ACCELeratoredu 

  • Computer Maintenance

  • Fashion Design I

  • Fashion Design II

  • Floral Design

  • Food Science

  • Forensic Science

  • Health Science​

  • Introduction to Culinary Arts 

  • Journalism

  • Advanced Journalism

  • Medical Microbiology

  • Mock Trial

  • Pathophysiology

  • Project Lead the Way- Aerospace Engineering

  • Project Lead the Way- Digital Electronics

  • Project Lead the Way- Principles of Engineering

  • Technical Theater I, II, III, IV

  • Intermediate Technical Theater I, II, III, IV

  • Theater Productions, I, II, III, IV

  • Yearbook​

  • INCubatoredu @CHS, FHS, HHS, & Lone Star

  • TV Broadcast

Internship Classes

The following classes require students to participate in an internship that is off site. Students may be required to attend activities on campus, but the majority of the time students will be required to complete their internship hours on location. Additional information will be provided to students by their instructor.

  • Child Guidance and Management (time at internship site)

  • Education & Training (time at internship site)

  • Hospitality Services (time at internship site)

  • Practicum in Child Guidance and Management (time at internship site)

  • Practicum in Education & Training (time at internship site)

  • Practicum in Government (time at internship site)

  • Practicum in Graphic Design & Illustration (time at internship site)

  • Practicum in Marketing I (time at internship site)

  • Practicum in Marketing II (time at internship site)

  • Sports Management (time at internship)

  • Practicum in Veterinary Medical Applications (time at internship)

  • Independent Study & Mentorship (ISM) (time at mentorship site)

Courses with Software/Hardware Requirements

The following courses will be available online if students can provide the required hardware and/or software. The courses will be offered in a face-to-face format for all students, pending course requests.

Course Listing

  • Architecture & Construction I (64 bit PC)

  • TV Broadcasting I, II III (64 bit PC or Mac & Adobe Creative Cloud and will require on campus components)

  • Yearbook I (64 bit PC or Mac and Adobe Creative Cloud and will require on campus components)

  • Advanced Journalism/Yearbook II, III (64 bit PC or Mac and Adobe Creative Cloud and will require on campus components)

  • Journalism I (64 bit PC or Mac and Adobe Creative Cloud and will require on campus components)

  • Graphic Design & Illustration I (64 bit PC or Mac)

  • Advanced Computer Science (64 bit PC)

  • Cybersecurity (PC or Mac with multiple hardware components*)

  • Internet Working Cisco 1-2 (PC with multiple hardware components*)

  • Networking (PC with multiple hardware components*)

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (64 bit PC)

  • Video Game Programming (64 bit PC or Mac)

  • Animation I (64 bit PC or Mac)

  • Animation II (64 bit PC or Mac)

  • 3D Modeling and Animation (64 bit PC or Mac and Adobe Creative Cloud)

  • Digital Media (64 bit PC or Mac and Adobe Creative Cloud)

  • AP Computer Science A (64 bit PC)

Additional Hardware Requirements

*Students need Internet connectivity and to install the latest version of either the Chrome or Firefox browser. They will also need to install router simulation software called Packet Tracer 7.3.0. The software is found on the netacad.com website.

Here are the computer requirements for Packet Tracer:

  • Windows 7, 8.1, 10 ( 32bit and 64bit) or Ubuntu Linux 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) (64bit) or macOS.

  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 3.0 GHz or better

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • Storage: 700 MB of free disk space

  • Display resolution: 1920 x 1080

  • Sound card and speakers

  • Internet connectivity

Courses Not Offered Online

The following courses will not be available online. Students who choose Virtual Academy as their educational environment and have requested these courses can access them only in a face-to-face format on campus but may still take the remainder of their courses online through the Virtual Academy. These courses have been excluded from the Virtual Academy due to the nature of the class, including software and hardware limitations. This list is subject to change pending additional TEA guidance, scheduling or personnel issues.

Course Listing

  • Middle School and High School Athletics*

  • MS Robotics II

  • MS Skills for Living II

  • High School Cheerleading  

  • Certified Nurse Aides (Health Science Clinical)

  • Advanced Floral Design

  • Graphic Design & Illustration II 

  • Photojournalism 

  • Accounting II

  • Architectural Design I 

  • Architectural Design II

  • Architecture and Construction II

  • Project Lead the Way- Engineering Design and Development

  • Mobile Application Programming

  • Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology

  • Advanced Animal Science

  • Agriculture Equipment Design and Fabrication

  • Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technology

  • Agricultural Structures Design and Fabrication

  • Introduction to Welding

  • Culinary Arts

  • Livestock Production

  • Project Lead The Way- Civil Engineering and Architecture

  • Practicum in Agricultural Structures and Equipment

  • Veterinary Medical Applications

  • Pharmacology

  • Advanced Video Game Programming

  • Advanced Plant and Soil Science

  • Sports Medicine

  • Advanced Video Game Programming

  • Competitive Trial Advocacy

  • Future Ready Health Care

  • Sports Broadcasting I & II

  • Money Matters

  • Securities and Investments

  • Baking and Pastry

  • Practicum in Animation

  • Political Science

  • Foreign Diplomacy

  • Electrocardiography

  • Advanced Culinary

  • Plant And Soil Science

  • Horticulture

  • Hotel Management

  • Landscape Design

*Please note that Advanced Tennis is an Athletics course. Beginning and Intermediate tennis are PE courses. Virtual Academy students who requested Beginning or Intermediate tennis will be placed in a Virtual Academy PE section.

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