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The Virtual High School Helps Schools Enhance Credit Recovery Efforts
March 10th Webinar to Delve into Topic of Using Online Learning as Alternative Method of Supporting At-Risk Students

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Boston — March 2, 2016 — Online courses have long been used for credit recovery; in the 2009-10 school year, more than 60 percent of digital courses were taken for credit recovery purposes, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.), a non-profit organization empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, has enhanced online credit recovery by offering students at risk of falling behind or failing a course three types of Credit Recovery programs: flexible courses, summer school options and customized courses.

Motivated learners have the option of enrolling in one of VHS’ flexible courses to stay on track. The organization offers .5 credit classes and 1 credit classes, designed to take 4 and 8 weeks respectively.  Courses include, but are not limited to English, Algebra, Geometry or Biology, can begin mid-semester, and are flexible, self-paced, teacher-facilitated classes. Enrollment in the VHS Flexible Courses program is on a rolling basis, and students progress through the coursework at their own pace, potentially completing their studies earlier or later than the assigned course end date.

 “Our Flexible Credit Recovery Program is ideal for students who struggle in a traditional classroom, have fallen behind in their work, or have missed school due to illness or personal issues,” said Carol Ribeiro, President and CEO of VHS. “Like all VHS courses, the credit recovery classes are taught by highly-qualified online teachers who are certified in their subject areas. This flexible option reduces the likelihood of students dropping a course and losing valuable credit, not graduating with their class or not matriculating to the next grade level.”

VHS also offers four- and eight-week summer school courses for credit recovery. Courses are offered starting June 22 and are approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Additionally, VHS can exclusively design, manage and facilitate customized credit recovery programs to help a school or district comply with district or state mandates, as well as support student needs.

VHS will help educators gain further insight into what type of credit recovery offering will best serve their students through a free webinar on the subject on March 10 at 12:00 PM, EST. To register, interested educators and district leaders can go to http://bit.ly/24B2hDc.

About The Virtual High School Inc.

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 courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. 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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