“Many online courses today that enable students to make up credits simply require students to work through content on their own and complete an online test to demonstrate basic subject knowledge,” said Liz Pape, President & CEO of VHS. “Using the best practice methodology we are known for, we created our credit recovery courses to emphasize collaboration and discussion among students as well as authentic assessment of learning by teachers. This approach ensures that students have truly mastered the subject and are ready to move to the next level.”
Since 2005, VHS’ summer school program has served thousands of students nationwide that needed to makeup credits in order to progress to the next level or meet graduation requirements. In 2011, 73% of VHS’ summer school participants who were taking the courses to recover credit passed their course and in 2010, the pass rate was 81%. Now, VHS member schools can have access to many of the same high-quality online credit recovery courses during the school year.
Like VHS’ 200 online core, elective, Advanced Placement and honors courses, the credit recovery classes are delivered co-synchronously and taught by VHS teachers who actively teach in classrooms at their member schools. All are certified in their specific discipline and have completed a graduate level professional development program in online teaching. Instructors facilitate and continually monitor all courses, engaging students in discussions, and assessing each individual student’s progress.
Ideal for students who struggle in a traditional classroom, have fallen behind in their work, or have missed school due to illness or personal issues, the following 15-week courses enable students to recover a full year course in one semester. They will be offered starting on January 25, 2012 to students at member schools in the VHS worldwide collaborative or for direct enrollment.
• Algebra I
• English 9
• English 10
• English 11
The organization is expected to expand the credit recovery program and course selection for the 2012-2013 school year. Registration is open now. For more information or to enroll, visit http://www.goVHS.org/
About Virtual High School (VHS)
Virtual High School is the pioneer of online course design and instruction for teachers and online education for high school students. Virtual High School partners with schools to provide rigorous, student-centered online courses that help expand rather than replace existing curriculum options. The VHS collaborative includes 770 member schools and 15,000 enrolled students from 35 U.S. states and 45 countries. The recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2005, 2007 and 2008 awards for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices and the Stockholm Challenge 2001 Award for exemplary use of technology in education, VHS was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.govhs.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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The pioneer of K-12 online learning and course design for teachers, Virtual High School (VHS) is a non-profit collaborative of high schools, middle schools, teachers and students.