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The Virtual High School Expands Offerings: Adds Courses in Digital Citizenship, Space Station Science and Climate Change to Engage Students
Registration for new “real world” courses open until September 15

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Boston — Aug. 24, 2015The Virtual High School (The VHS), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, is offering new semester course offerings specifically developed to keep middle and high school students engaged and motivated in a virtual learning environment. The new courses, focused on digital citizenship, engagement with the crew of the International Space Station and climate investigations, hold students’ attention and enthusiasm by capitalizing on their budding interests. Fall registration for all courses is currently open through September 15. The fall semester begins on September 9.

“Our new courses use real-world scenarios and teach practical skills to keep students captivated with the subject matter,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of The Virtual High School. “That relevance also means that students are exploring potential college majors and career paths.”

One highly anticipated new offering is Digital Citizenship, which helps students develop crucial skills and behaviors needed to become responsible digital citizens. During the course, students review modern day concerns around use of the Internet and social media, gain an understanding of ethical and safety-related concerns and learn how to make good choices online.

Another engaging new course is Space Station Academy, which takes middle school students on a simulated mission to the International Space Station. During the “mission,” students will engage directly with astronauts and scientists who have worked on board the space station, learning how science research on the ISS benefits life on Earth and also investigating the planet with cutting-edge observation technology. Through these and other activities, students will learn about STEM subjects, with an emphasis on Earth, physical science and engineering, and life sciences.

Another offering targeting STEM-related careers is Climate Change, an honors level course with a curriculum that is anchored in the scientific investigation of carbon chemistry, the Earth’s energy budget, paleoclimatology and climate data sources. Students interpret current research, evaluate the latest news and then work together to investigate decision-making processes around public policy. The course instructor is an award-winning teacher who is a NOAA Climate Steward and whose science curriculum has been showcased at the North American Association of Environmental Education Conference, the National Science Teachers Association Conference, the Global STEMx Education Conference and the Massachusetts STEM Summit.

“These new courses offer an assortment of learning experiences to match the diverse backgrounds and interests of the students in our global classrooms,” added Amy Michalowski, Dean of The Virtual High School. “The new offerings fit in perfectly with The VHS mission of providing students with online access to high-quality educational experiences that inspire, ignite and deepen learning.”

About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School (The VHS) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. The 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. The 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.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.

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