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There are many ways your school can partner with VHS Learning. Visit our Educators page or contact us to learn more.

Yes! Please complete our contact us form or call 978-897-1900 x3 and one of our educational partnerships managers will be happy to meet with you.

Costs to join VHS Learning vary depending upon the partnership option your school selects. Please click here to contact us, or call 978-897-1900 to request pricing.

Yes! Home school students can participate in VHS Learning classes. Instructions on how to register a student individually can be found under the Parent and Student tab, on our Get Started page. If you are looking for a full-time, diploma granting program, visit our Massachusetts Mayflower Academy page.

Yes, all VHS Learning teachers are certified in the disciplines in which they teach.

VHS Learning teachers must participate in and successfully graduate from VHS Learning online professional development Online Teaching Methodologies in order to teach a VHS Learning course in addition to their certification in their discipline.

VHS Learning offers either asynchronous, or self-paced.  Asynchronous means that students can work on their courses any time during the day or evening, as long as they meet the deadlines and due dates set by their teachers. VHS Learning believes in student-centered classes which encourage collaboration among students. Therefore, our asynchronous courses run on a weekly-scheduled basis. This means that although the student has the flexibility to access his or her class anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there are definite due dates and scheduled deadlines for assignments and activities. VHS Learning also realizes students may need to complete credit recovery courses at their own pace. For this reason we also offer self-paced flex courses. This unique program helps students at risk of not passing a course, graduating with their class, or matriculating to the next grade level.

In general, students only need reliable access to the Internet and a compatible web browser.

Note that some courses have additional requirements (for example, to install software required for the course). Wherever possible, these additional requirements are spelled out for the course within the VHS Learning Catalog.

In general, course content is viewable on mobile devices, including iPads, iPhones, ChromeOS and Android devices, and mobile users can interact with the course (post to discussions etc).

Some courses have requirements (such as installing course software) which are not compatible with mobile devices - the course description in the Catalog should be reviewed carefully in any cases where a student intends to work primarily on a mobile device to ensure that they can complete the course successfully. Please review the Service Center document on Mobile Access for additional details, and request support in cases where there are any questions.

The VHS Learning Course Catalog has classes for high school and middle school students of all levels. The entire range of student abilities is reflected in the VHS Learning course catalog - from Advanced Placement and honors level classes to courses offered for remediation and credit recovery.

Student-to-student interaction is an integral part of all asynchronous VHS Learning courses. Students communicate through asynchronous threaded discussion and work together in group projects. Asynchronous means that students can work on their courses any time during the day or evening, as long as they meet the deadlines and due dates set by their course instructors.

No, VHS Learning is not a cyber school. VHS Learning believes that virtual learning enhances face-to-face instruction, but is not a replacement for traditional schooling.

Most of our courses are asynchronous, which means that there are no live meeting times during which students and their teacher gather as a class. Students read lessons, work on and submit their assignments, participate in group projects, and contribute to class discussions at any time, as long as they meet due dates for class assignments and keep up with the general flow of the class. Our self-paced flex courses can be completed at a student's own pace.

VHS Learning is happy to work with schools and students to provide guidance on their course load.

Our average class size is 21 students.

Yes, students can save their work as "in progress" so that they can come back to complete it at a later time.

VHS Learning has been extensively studied, and the research indicates that students learn online through VHS Learning as much, and in many cases more, than they do in traditional classrooms. For more Information, see our results page.

There is no set time the teacher must be online however, all teachers must be in class and respond to all students within 24 hours (Monday-Friday).

VHS Learning offers two sessions of summer school courses each year. Courses are offered for initial credit, enrichment and credit recovery.

Students may add courses within the first week of the start of a semester. Students may drop courses, without consequence, up to one week after the start date. After this period, students will receive a Withdraw (W) from VHS Learning. Dropping or adding of courses is to be done through the VHS Learning site coordinator.

Our program is accredited by Middle States Association (CESS), ACS Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and Cognia and our courses are approved by NCAA.

There is a common grading system for all courses in VHS Learning. Teachers report grades to VHS Learning, which passes these grades on to the student's administrative office. Students enrolling on their own should first check with their school to ensure VHS Learning courses will be accepted for credit. We will provide transcripts for courses taken with VHS Learning.

VHS Learning (VHS, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May, 2001.

Based in Massachusetts, VHS Learning offices are located at 4 Mill & Main Place Suite 510, Maynard, MA 01754.

Yes, we offer courses at 3 different levels. Course levels help students understand class expectations before they enroll in a course. Levels provide students with perspective about class rigor to enable students of varying abilities to evaluate their potential for success. Due to the different categorizes of course levels in secondary schools, our courses are organized into three achievement levels: Standard, Honors, and Advanced Placement. All courses prepare students for post-secondary educational pursuits. Our courses are all at or above college preparatory level and are designed to challenge students and provide opportunities for enrichment. Definitions of each course level are included below.

  • Standard Level - Standard level, college preparatory, courses are appropriate for students intending to pursue two- or four-year college placement. Courses require well-developed reading, writing, mathematical, critical thinking, and study abilities, as well as self-discipline and organization to complete assignments within expected deadlines. Students are expected to work on average between 6 to 8 hours per week in a Standard level course.
  • Honors Level - Honors level courses are presented at a more accelerated pace than Standard level courses and require students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of course concepts. Honors courses require advanced reading, writing, mathematical, critical thinking, and study abilities, as well as self-discipline and organization to complete assignments within expected deadlines. Students are expected to work on average between 8 and 10 hours per week in an Honors level course.
  • Advanced Placement (AP®) Level - Advanced Placement courses are equivalent to college level courses and require students understand concepts that are more complex and faster paced than most traditional high school coursework. Advanced Placement courses include open-ended discussions, detailed writing assignments, and complex problem solving, and they require students have strong collaboration skills and excellent reading and writing abilities. Students will be expected to research and analyze materials to formulate and justify their claims and opinions. AP students are encouraged to complete the College Board exam testing knowledge of the AP subject, which may (depending on the college) translate into college credits if the student scores high enough on the exam. Students are expected to work on average between 10 and 12 hours per week in an AP level course.

Fall 2020 VHS Learning Schedule

Please note: Our Fall and Full-Year semester start dates have been adjusted to allow schools that have delayed their starts more time to register students.

Date Day Event

September 16, 2020

Wednesday

Fall Semester Begins

September 22, 2020

Tuesday

Add/Drop Period Ends (4:00 PM EST)

November 10, 2020

Tuesday

Term 1 Ends

November 11, 2020

Wednesday

Term 2 Begins

December 22, 2020

Tuesday

Fall Semester Ends

Spring 2021 VHS Schedule

Date Day Event

Januay 06, 2021

Wednesday

Fall and Full-Year courses resume (week 15)

January 12, 2021

Tuesday

Fall Semester Ends

February 03, 2021

Wednesday

Spring Semester Begins

February 09, 2021

Tuesday

Add/Drop Period Ends (4:00 PM EST)

March 30, 2021

Tuesday

Term 1 and Term 3 Ends

March 31, 2021

Wednesday

Term 2 and Term 4 Begins

May 18, 2021

Tuesday

Spring Semester and Full Year Courses End