Welcome to The Virtual High School


There are many different ways schools can partner with VHS. Teaching Partners participate in VHS by freeing a high school teacher one period a day to teach a VHS course online. Student-Only partners do not have a teacher teaching a VHS course, but only have students taking VHS courses. VHS also accepts individual students whether or not their school is a VHS partner. For more information, check out our Schools page.

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.

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

Costs to join The Virtual High School 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 classes. Instructions on how to register a student individually can be found here: www.vhslearning.org/get-started. If you are looking for a full-time, diploma granting program, visit our Massachusetts Mayflower Academy page.

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

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

The Virtual High School (VHS) 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 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 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 or to interact with flash based content). Wherever possible, these are noted in the course description in the VHS 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).

Posting to the Dropbox from iOS (version 9+) and Chromebook devices is possible, but requires some additional steps:

Some courses have requirements (such as installing course software or use of Flash content) 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 Knowledge base document on Mobile Access, and submit a ticket in cases where there are any questions.

The VHS 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 course catalog - from Advanced Placement and honors level classes to courses offered for remediation and credit recovery.

Just as in a face-to-face class, regular attendance, active participation, timely completion of assignments, and thorough attention to task make for a successful online learning experience.

Student-to-student interaction is an integral part of all asynchronous VHS 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 is not a cyber school. VHS 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. Students complete and submit assignments on their schedule and students can take up to 15 weeks to complete their class if extra time is needed.

A student can take up to four VHS courses in a semester. Additional courses for special circumstances are considered on a case by case basis.

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.

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

In order to teach a Virtual High School course, teachers must successfully complete our online professional development course in online teaching pedagogy and methodology. Our teachers are also certified and experienced in their discpilines.

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).

The participation of our teachers is monitored and reported on weekly. Teachers must be in class each day and respond to students within 24 hours (Monday - Friday).

VHS 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 the VHS. Dropping or adding of courses is to be done through the VHS site coordinator.

VHS and VHS courses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Education and the AdvancEd Accreditation Commission. VHS schools are accredited by their local accrediting agency, and participating partner schools have agreed to give credit to VHS courses as either core courses or electives. In addition, all VHS core courses have NCAA initial-accreditation.

There is a common grading system for all courses in The Virtual High School. Teachers report grades to the VHS, 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 courses will be accepted for credit. VHS will provide transcripts for courses taken with VHS.

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

Yes. See our Accreditation and Credentials page for more information.

Based in Massachusetts The Virtual High School 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 2019 VHS Schedule

Date Day Event

September 04, 2019


Fall Semester Begins

September 10, 2019


Add/Drop Period Ends

October 29, 2019


Term 1 Ends

October 30, 2019


Term 2 Begins

December 17, 2019


Fall Semester Ends

Spring 2020 VHS Schedule

Date Day Event

January 08, 2020


Full Year Classes Resume

January 29, 2020


Spring Semester Begins

February 4, 2020


Add/Drop Period Ends

March 24, 2020


Term 1 Ends

March 25, 2020


Term 2 Begins

May 12, 2020


Spring Semester and Full Year Courses End