Boston — Jan. 18, 2018 —The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, believes all students should have equal access to courses that engage, inspire, and prepare them for college and careers. VHS is offering spring semester courses that expand learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as the humanities. All courses are offered within The Virtual High School’s unique global online classroom environment. Registration for the 2018 spring semester will close January 30th.
VHS offers more than 200 courses, including Essay Writing, a course designed for students who would like to improve their writing skills to better succeed in high school, college and beyond. In this course, students examine five different essay patterns and learn how to adapt them when answering essay exam questions. VHS believes students benefit by learning with and from one another in a collaborative environment, and this course uses small peer writing groups where students collaboratively brainstorm, test their rough drafts and help each other with editing.
In the Spring 2018 semester students can choose from an array of interesting STEM courses. Differential Calculus, is an introduction to college mathematics that includes a review of core pre-calculus topics and requires students to solve real-life applications. Environmental Science combines traditional hands-on laboratory exercises, modern web-based animations and simulations, and a service learning opportunity. Science from Space, sends students on a simulated mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and solve real-world problems such as fixing one of the station’s solar panels, which requires them to investigate key energy concepts, including thermodynamics, waves and electromagnetic radiation.
Computer science is a great way for students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students interested in computer science can begin coding with Creative Programming with Scratch, an introductory-level course that does not require a background in computer programming. Students move from programming simple shapes to developing a full portfolio of their own art stories and games.
Finally, VHS broadens cultural perspectives through unique courses such as Art History: Art of the Caribbean Islands, which explores the mixture of different origins that make up art in the Caribbean, an area comprised of more than 20 islands including Bermuda, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico. The course looks at African, Amerindian, Asian and European influences on Caribbean art. Students will tour virtual museums and artists’ websites as well as debate specific paintings.
“Our goal is to help schools supplement their face-to-face offerings so students have access to the most engaging learning experiences possible. Unfortunately, not all schools can offer all things to all students. When a school includes The Virtual High School’s extensive spring offerings into its program of studies, the school instantly expands its options. We’re pleased that during the 2017-2018 academic year, we’ve helped more than 600 schools do more with less.” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of VHS.
About The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides middle and high school online courses for students and professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives. VHS design and delivery standards are 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 www.VHSlearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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