Burlington High School has purchased a membership to Virtual High School for next year. Virtual High School is already utilized by more than one hundred high schools in Massachusetts and hundreds more globally.
The way that it works is that if we dedicate one teacher for one section of a VHS course then we receive 25 VHS seats for our students. Our VHS teacher is Josh Murphy who will teach a section of AP Java next year as one of his five teaching sections.
Here is the description of the VHS Program as it appears on Page 45 of the BHS Program of Studies.
VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL GUIDELINES: Beginning in the fall of 2009, students in grade 12 (and grade 11, if there are available openings) may enroll in VHS if they have maintained a strong academic record. It is anticipated that VHS courses will require at least as much time, organization and preparation as current Burlington High School Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Students must have the ability to work independently and possess solid computer skills. Students not meeting the criteria but wishing to enroll, must submit their request in writing to the principal during the prescribed enrollment period, which will result in a review of current academic performance, test scores and teacher feedback. The principal will then make the final decision.
The following guidelines apply:
- Students may only enroll in courses not available to them at Burlington High School.
- Core course requirements cannot be met through VHS courses.
- Students may only enroll in one VHS course, and they must file an application before the summer.
- All VHS courses will not be counted toward rank and G.P.A, but the grade will still be reflected on the transcript.
- Students must report to an assigned area during the scheduled period. The VHS course instructor, not the Site Coordinator, will determine grades, which will be submitted to Burlington High School for report cards and transcripts.
- The Administration and Guidance Department may recommend VHS courses to accommodate specific, unusual individual student needs (i.e.,irresolvable scheduling conflicts or transfer situations).
Students must sign up for the normal required courses at BHS. Also they must file a separate VHS application. Students will be notified if they are accepted into their chosen VHS course and their schedule will be adjusted accordingly over the summer. Please see your Guidance Counselor for an application.
Here is the link to the on-line course catalog of all of the courses that VHS offers: www.govhs.org