The VHS Collaborative Receives Second Major Gift from The Manton Foundation

The Foundation has made their second donation to the Collaborative, this time to help fund outreach and awareness efforts and infrastructure improvements.

February 5, 2013, Maynard, MA – The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced they have received a second major gift from The Manton Foundation (see The Manton Foundation Recognizes VHS’ Excellence in Online Education) for an undisclosed amount. The gift will help The VHS Collaborative fund specific outreach and awareness efforts as well as make additional infrastructure improvements to support the organization’s growth.

“As a nonprofit organization in a highly competitive industry it’s critical that we get the word out about the unique way we partner with schools to offer high quality online courses to middle and high school students,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, CEO of VHS. “We are grateful for the continued support from The Manton Foundation. This new investment will help us share our message with the world and update our infrastructure to support more students and schools.”

The Manton Foundation was established by Sir Edwin and Lady Manton to support philanthropic efforts of interest to the family. The Foundation has made significant contributions in the fields of art and culture, education, equine care, health care and biomedical research, historic preservation, and land conservation.

Originally started in 1996 as a pilot program out of a federal education grant, VHS spun off into an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2001. Since then, the organization has become a worldwide collaborative of schools, teachers and students with 679 member schools and over 16,000 enrolled students in 33 U.S. states and 34 countries. In addition to its online courses for high school students, VHS’ services have expanded to include gifted and talented courses for middle school students, online professional development for teachers, blended learning support for schools, and custom course development to support unique school needs and grant initiatives.

VHS member schools have access to nearly 200 online elective, Advanced Placement and honors courses, which are taught by VHS teachers who actively teach in classrooms at their member schools. All 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.

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About The VHS Collaborative (VHS)
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Maynard, MA, The VHS Collaborative (formerly Virtual High School Global Consortium) is the pioneer of K-12 online learning, having first brought online learning into secondary education. Since then, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS provides co-synchronous courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development in 21st century teaching best practices for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, private course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives.

VHS’ design and delivery standard was the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit or call (978) 897-1900.

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