VHS has delivered courses to students in California since 2000, and was approved as an online provider by the University of California in 2011 (see Virtual High School Approved as an Online Provider in California & Washington). The non-profit organization designs its courses to supplement a school’s in-person curriculum. All classes are delivered co-synchronously and taught by active and experienced classroom teachers who are certified in their specific discipline and have completed a VHS 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.
“We have been receiving requests from many schools in California, so we are excited to be able to meet the demand,” said Liz Pape, President & CEO of VHS. “What differentiates VHS from other online learning providers is our experience, our expertise, our global footprint, and our commitment to collaborative education that allows students to delve deeper into course content through group work and discussions. We are excited to bring this excellence to California schools.”
The following 16 courses are currently approved as meeting requirements for admission to the University of California
• AP European History
• AP Government & Politics United States
• AP U.S. History
• AP World History
• AP English Language & Composition
• AP English Literature & Composition
• AP Calculus AB
• AP Calculus BC
• AP Statistics
• AP Spanish Language
• AP Computer Science
• AP Macroeconomics
• AP Microeconomics
• AP Psychology
• Latin 1
• Introduction to Economics
In addition, VHS offers a selection of over 150 co-synchronous elective courses that California students can take for enrichment, and a selection of ten online professional development courses to help educators learn 21st century teaching best practices and incorporate digital resources into their classrooms.
The cost for individual seats is $450 per semester per course. Schools can enroll students starting with the Fall, 2012 semester on April 11. For more information, 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 676 member schools and more than 15,000 enrolled students from 30 U.S. states and 43 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.
Press Contact: VHS: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, (877) 718-4604 x2.
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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.