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Virtual High School Global Consortium: Press Release

Virtual High School Adds 40 New Schools to Growing Collaborative
More middle and high schools nationwide are now embracing online learning as a means to help prepare students for education and work in the 21st century.
08/31/2011
Virtual High School Global Consortium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Virtual High School Adds 40 New Schools to Growing Collaborative

More middle and high schools nationwide are now embracing online learning as a means to help prepare students for education and work in the 21st century.

August 31, 2011, Maynard, MA Virtual High School Global Consortium (http://www.govhs.org), the pioneer of K-12 online learning and course design for teachers, today announced the addition of 40 new member schools in 10 states this school year.

Designed to supplement a school’s classroom curriculum, VHS is a non-profit, worldwide collaborative of schools, teachers and students. VHS member schools have access to over 400 online core, elective, Advanced Placement and honors courses, which are delivered co-synchronously and taught by VHS teachers who actively teach in classrooms at their member schools. All are certified in their specific discipline and have completed a 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.

Starting on September 7, 2011, students at the following middle and high schools will be taking a VHS course online at their school with classmates and a teacher in other parts of the world. Through enrollment in courses, such as AP Music Theory, Biotechnology and Latin, students are able to develop global citizenship, 21st century literacies, independent learning and time management skills, as well as get their feet wet in an intended major.

SCHOOLCITYSTATE
Allentown Central Catholic High SchoolAllentownPA
Avon High SchoolAvonCT
Ayer-Shirley Regional High SchoolShirleyMA
Biddeford High SchoolBiddefordME
Bogota Jr./Sr. High SchoolBogotaNJ
Branford High SchoolBranfordCT
Briar Middle SchoolSanduskyOH
Catherine McAuley High SchoolPortlandME
Catholic Memorial SchoolWest RoxburyMA
Central Catholic High SchoolLawrenceMA
Chariho High SchoolWood River JunctionRI
Claremont AcademyWorcester MA
Cumberland Public SchoolsCumberlandRI
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolFall River MA
Fort Ann Central SchoolFort Ann NY
Foxborough Regional Charter SchoolFoxboroughMA
Global Learning Charter Public SchoolNew BedfordMA
Green Island Union Free School DistrictGreen IslandNY
Groton Dunstable Regional School DistrictGrotonMA
Hampshire Regional High SchoolWesthamptonMA
Holly High SchoolHollyMI
Hull High SchoolHullMA
Jonathan Alder High SchoolPlain CityOH
Lyman Memorial High SchoolLebanonCT
Mahwah High SchoolMahwahNJ
Marblehead High SchoolMarbleheadMA
Melrose Public SchoolsMelroseMA
Perkins High SchoolSanduskyOH
Pius X High SchoolBangorPA
Portsmouth High School RIPortsmouthRI
Poultney High SchoolPoultneyVT
Public Schools of BrooklineBrooklineMA
Red Bank Catholic High SchoolRed BankNJ
Rogers International SchoolStamfordCT
Sharon High SchoolSharonMA
Shelton Public SchoolsSheltonCT
Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School DistrictSpencerMA
St. Mary's High SchoolLynnMA
Sun Valley High SchoolAstonPA
The Academy of Aerospace and EngineeringHartfordCT

“These new VHS member schools have recognized the value of providing a wide selection of rigorous and engaging online courses to their students,” said Liz Pape, President & CEO of VHS. “Many schools, facing budget cuts have had to cancel low enrollment courses over the last few years. By partnering with VHS, they are now able to continue to provide the courses that students need and want while equipping them with critical skills that will be invaluable in their next level of education or careers.”
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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 rather than replace existing curriculum options. The VHS collaborative includes 770 member schools and 15,000 enrolled students from 35 U.S. states and 45 countries. The recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2005, 2007 and 2008 awards for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices and the Stockholm Challenge 2001 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.

Press Contact: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications, carol@arnoldcomm.com, (877) 718-4604 x2.


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