Virtual High School Expands Summer School Program

VHS adds new summer school courses; provides options for summer learning and helps students in the wake of widespread budget cuts that have eliminated or reduced summer school nationwide.
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March 22, 2012 - PRLog -- Maynard, MA – Virtual High School Global Consortium (, the pioneer of K-12 online learning and course design for teachers, today announced they have added four new courses to their popular online summer school program.  Virtual High School (VHS) summer school courses provide students with more options for summer learning and provide an alternative for students, given widespread budget cuts that are forcing schools to eliminate or reduce their summer school offerings. This summer, students nationwide who need to make up credits or want to stay engaged and earn high school credits over the summer can also take Virtual High School’s Government, Personal Finance, Algebra II and Video Game Design courses online from any location.

“Cuts to public school summer programs started last year and we see them continuing into this year,” said Liz Pape, President & CEO of VHS. “For example, 25 of California’s 30 largest school districts have cut back summer school, many of them substantially, and Pittsburgh Public Schools will end summer school completely starting next year. We provide a convenient way for any student in the world to take the summer courses they need from a qualified teacher without sacrificing educational quality.”

The VHS 2012 online summer school program enables students to take a course from any location, as long as they have a computer, an Internet connection and about 90 minutes a day to complete their course work.  With the flexibility of online education, students can work summer school into other summer plans such as family vacations and summer jobs.  

Like VHS’s school year courses, the VHS summer learning experience brings together a teacher and up to 25 students located in different states and countries. In addition, all VHS online summer school courses are taught by experienced online teachers who are certified in their particular discipline and have completed the organization’s rigorous, graduate-level professional development program.

Classes offered this year include the following:

Algebra I   Geometry
Algebra II   Government
Basic Chemistry   Health
Biology   Personal Finance
English 9   Planning for College
English 10   Pre-Algebra/Algebra Preparation
English 11   U.S. History: 1877 – Present
English Literacy Skills: Short Stories   U.S. History: Colonial America - 1877
English Literacy Skills: The Novel   Video Game Design

Three sessions are available, two 4-week sessions for semester-long credit and one 8-week extended session for full-year credit.  Session one and the extended session begin on June 28, 2012 and session two begins on July 30, 2012.

The cost for four-week courses is $225 and for eight-week courses is $400. To register or for more information, visit

About Virtual High School (VHS)
Virtual High School is the pioneer of online course design and instruction for teachers and online education for middle school and 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 or call (978) 897-1900.

Press Contact: VHS: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications,, (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.
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