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  • Welcome to Virtual High School!
  • Agenda
    • Online Learning
    • Virtual High School Global Consortium
    • Questions
  • VHS Online Learning Vision
    • Challenging, interesting, engaging
    • Expose students to diverse points of view
    • Support students passions in unique areas
    • Build 21 st century skills
  • Other eLearning Programs
    • State Led
    • Cyber Charter Schools
    • Digital Curriculum/Online Course
  • About VHS
    • Originally funded by the Federal DOE through a technology grant
    • 1996 – 14 th year
    • Non-profit global consortium of over 640 schools
  • What makes us unique?
    • Supplement the course of study
    • NOT an alternative diploma program
    • NO full-time enrollments
    • NO supplanting teachers
    • Students and teachers come from member schools
  • What makes us unique?
    • All policy is set locally
      • Course credit and student eligibility
    • Semester schedule, cohort based
      • Scheduled/asynchronous
    • Maximum enrollment 25 per course
      • 4 students per school per course
    • Delivered by certified teachers
    • Virtual global classrooms - 32 states and 34 countries
  • Benefits:
    • VHS member schools add over 140 courses that may not be part of the curriculum
      • Electives in all content areas
        • Photography, Stock Market, Portuguese, Mythology, Forensic Science, Oceanography, Animation
  • Benefits:
    • Interact with and learn from students from different countries and states
    • Work in collaborative teams using 21 st century communications technology
    • Avoid course/program cuts caused by budget constraints
    • Simplify student schedule conflicts
  • Successful Students?
    • Who are the most successful online students?
    • Motivation/engagement
    • What are the key characteristics?
    • What are the eligibility considerations?
  • Participation Components
    • Teacher
    • Site Coordinator
    • Guidance Department awareness and support
    • Principal
    • Superintendent
    • School Board
  • Teacher Details
    • All teachers have secondary certification in their content area
    • AP Institute trained
    • 10 week online training from VHS (NIM)
    • May give teachers new ideas, approaches to use in their face-to-face courses
  • Site Coordinator
    • Critical in the success of the program
    • Site Coordinator(s) could be a variety of staff
    • Works closely with students on scheduling, course selection, questions/concerns, etc.
    • 4 week online training (SCO)
  • School Membership Options
    • Standard Teaching
      • Site Coordinator
      • Teacher
      • 25 seats per semester
    • Small School Teaching
      • Site Coordinator
      • Teacher
      • 15 seats per semester
    • Student Only
      • Site Coordinator
      • 10 seats per semester
  • Credentials
    • Nationally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
    • Course design aligns with the NEA guidelines for online courses
    • Online course delivery and teaching aligns with the NEA guidelines for online teaching
  • Credentials
    • Courses meet NCAA guidelines
    • All AP courses have been approved by the College Board
    • Recipient of the USDLA 21st Century Award for Distance Learning Best Practices, 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Statistics
    • VHS AP exam pass rate 62% pass rate and national average is at 60%
    • Course completion rates are over 80%
    • End of course survey indicates that 95% of students, teachers and administrators were satisfied with the experience
  • Thank you
    • Michael Brown
    • [email_address]
    • 978-450-0419