The traditional educational “classroom” has changed in ways that no one could have imagined thanks to the web and continually evolving technology. Secondary schools have been challenged, as they search for ways to provide more customized educational options for students who are seeking to discover their own passions and interests. This has presented challenges for all secondary schools, but even more so for Jewish day schools with an already full day of dual curriculum courses.
Westchester Hebrew High School is a Modern Orthodox co-educational high school in Westchester County, New York. As a smaller school, we pride ourselves on offering a customized academic program for each student, with opportunities for independent study and electives. Consequently, we embraced VHS Learning (VHS) option early on.
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We kicked off our online offering with a handful of honor students, one of whom had an interest in the legal field and wound up taking four different law-related classes successfully online.