In the Press

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award

A veteran Douglas High School teacher has been honored for his commitment to online learning.

On April 3, Al DeNoncour was presented with an award from Jim Dachos, director of Educational Partnerships for The Virtual High School, recognizing him as a pioneer for K-12 online learning.

Mr. DeNoncour is part of a small group of educators in the state who have been promoting online education and expanding educational opportunities for local high school students through the Virtual High School program. The program started 15 years ago at Douglas High School.

Brandon School District offers online classes at high school

When the Brandon School District opened a virtual school this year, the decision was made to dedicate a computer lab where students could take online classes during the regular school day.

“We had done some research of other schools who offer online classes for their students,” said Brandon teacher Brian Moore, who oversees the virtual school. “The general consensus was the students tend to perform better when they have a consistent time and place to take their classes. We have found that to be the case with our students into (the program’s) second semester.”

Making the Grade: Virtual High School

Todd Piro shows us how students at The Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, Connecticut are using The Virtual High School to expand their course offerings and prepare their students for college and careers.

To view the video, click here.

Chinese educators visit Cape schools in advance of students

The trend of bringing tuition-paying students from China to study at American universities and private high schools is now taking hold at Cape public schools.

Six officials from An'qing Huide High School, a boarding high school in Anhui province in southern China, are visiting the Cape this week to sign exchange contracts with Sandwich, Barnstable, Mashpee and Dennis-Yarmouth Regional high schools and Cape Cod Community College.

Readington Middle School students try out virtual high school courses

Readington Middle School officials are test-driving an online program that allows students to take courses with others from around the world.

A handful of middle school students have been enrolled since Jan. 29 with peers from around the country and the globe through a nonprofit organization called Virtual High School. The online program offers more than 400 courses per semester, according to company officials.

Learning goes digital in Readington

Students at Readington Middle School will have a chance to learn alongside students from around the country and the world through the district’s new virtual classroom program.

Through a non-profit organization called Virtual High School, students in Readington will be taking online classes with students from as far away as Saudi Arabia. The program offers more than 400 courses for students. The courses cover topics that the schools wouldn’t normally offer but are still consistent with the core curriculum.

Virtual High School President to Present at 2nd Annual LearnLaunch Conference at Harvard University

The Virtual High School (, nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced that its President & CEO, Jeffrey A. Elliott, will participate in a panel discussion titled Blended Learning Models: What Works? on February 28, 2014 at 6 pm at the 2nd Annual LearnLaunch Conference, being held at Harvard University.

Belchertown High School students embrace ‘virtual’ classes

Belchertown High School students had more than 100 new courses to choose from this year. They just aren’t taught in a classroom.

In January, Belchertown became a participant in a Virtual High School pilot program. The Virtual High School is a nonprofit organization in Maynard that administers online courses to schools across the country.

Maine bill proposes expanded access to online learning

But an unpopular moratorium on virtual charter schools makes the proposal’s future seem dubious.

After facing opposition to the idea of creating a state-run virtual academy, a state legislator says he is switching gears and now suggests the state have a “digital learning exchange” that would function as an online educational resource warehouse for all Maine students.

Natick school part of online learning partnership

An educational cooperative based in Natick is among nine more private and public schools who have partnered with Maynard nonprofit Virtual High School on an online learning program.

Students from the nine schools, including the Accept school in Natick, began today learning online collaboratively with peers in other parts of the country and world, according to a press release from Virtual High School.

Teachers at the schools will also teach students online in a Virtual High School (VHS) global classroom.