About Virtual High School (VHS)
VHS, also known as Virtual High School, is a non-profit organization committed to expanding educational opportunities for students and teachers. VHS offers a wide variety of interesting and engaging middle school and high school courses. VHS also offers online and blended professional development for educators and administrators. The VHS learning and partnership model is unique. It is a collaborative model where face-to-face teachers in school districts across the country share resources to offer students courses that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Since the inception of Virtual High School in 1996, VHS has set the standard for online learning by providing courses facilitated by highly qualified teachers from member schools. VHS does not replace the classroom teacher; it expands their reach. The vast majority of VHS teachers are teachers from local school districts. To prepare to teach a VHS online course, each teacher first completes a graduate level training program where they discover how to build learning communities, encourage discussions, facilitate engaging online learning experiences and provide insightful feedback.
VHS strives to help students develop invaluable 21 century learning skills.
- Students take part in a global online classroom with classmates from different backgrounds, with diverse perspectives, establishing relationships outside the boundaries of their local schools.
- Students use web tools to gather and share resources and ideas, participate in discussions, work on assignments, and collaborate on projects with their online classmates and teacher.
- All discussions and collaboration takes place within the VHS online course, enabling students and teachers from multiple time zones to participate in a safe and secure environment.
This short video gives a student’s perspective of how his VHS course prepared him for college and careers.
VHS courses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools and the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and all core courses are NCAA approved (VHS School Code: 221356). VHS has over 15 years of experience and was the first online high school. Key facts about VHS include:
- Over 81% of VHS students successfully complete their courses with a 60 or higher.
- In 2012, the pass rate for students taking a VHS AP course was 70%, compared to the national AP exam rate of 59%. More than 80% of students taking AP courses through VHS sat for the AP exam.
- Of member superintendents recently surveyed, 94% were satisfied with the VHS program, and 92% of principals surveyed said the VHS program helped their students develop independent learning skills.
To learn more about VHS courses watch this short video.
All course descriptions are listed online in the VHS catalog at https://my.vhslearning.org/catalog. The catalog can be sorted by title, discipline, grade level, and offering. The VHS online catalog is subject to change as courses are added and updated.
All VHS courses are categorized as Standard, Honors, Credit Recovery, or Advanced Placement level. Guidance staff should review course level, grade level, and prerequisites prior to recommending a student for a VHS course. Course information including syllabus and objectives can be found in the course catalog.