April 30, 2007, Maynard, MA–Virtual High School Global Consortium (www.govhs.org), pioneers of virtual schooling for high school students and
online professional development for teachers, today announced their 2007 Summer School Program. For the first time, the organization is offering
eight-week long summer school courses online for full year courses such as Algebra 1, English 9 and English 10, subjects that many students struggle
with. The program is ideal for the growing number of high school students whose schools do not offer summer school or only offer it for credit recovery.
"Online summer school courses allow students to take classes when they want to without interfering with travel plans or social commitments," said Liz
Pape, President & CEO of VHS. "Internet access is now widely available so students have the flexibility of participating in their courses any time of day and in any place in the world."
The Summer School Program will be offered in three sessions, two 4-week sessions and an 8-week Extended Session for full-year courses. Session 1
starts on July 2, 2007 and the Extended Session will conclude on August 24, 2007. The courses offered include Algebra 1, Basic Chemistry, English 9, English 10, Health, Pre-Algebra/Algebra Preparation and U.S. History, all of which will be taught by VHS certified teachers who have ompleted their rigorous 10-week professional development program.
VHS is a non-profit collaborative consisting of schools, teachers and students. The organization partners with school districts to provide nearly
250 core, Advanced Placement (AP) and elective NetCourses, allowing schools to expand curriculum offerings with courses they otherwise would not be able to offer. Each course is taught by a highly qualified and certified teacher at VHS member schools. These teachers first complete VHS´ rigorous graduate-level online professional development program, which teaches how to transform all of the elements of an in-person course into an online course and engage and foster collaboration among students. They then deliver
award-winning online asynchronous VHS courses while continuing to teach at their face-to-face schools. While the course teacher may be located in a particular state or country, the 25 students in the course can represent many different states and countries. As a result, VHS´s virtual schooling courses help students develop 21st century skills by fostering online collaboration with students from all over the globe.
For more information, visit www.govhs.org.
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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 vs. replace existing curriculum options. Members of the VHS collaborative include over 9,500 enrolled students, 419 member
schools and 260 teachers in 28 states and 23 countries. The recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2005 awards for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices and the Stockholm Challenge2001 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.