For decades high school students had one option for learning and graduating with a high school diploma – a brick and mortar school experience. This was true whether the student attended a traditional high school or studied independently for a high school equivalency test while attending adult education classes. The virtual world now offers students a chance to enhance their high school experience, hone their learning skills or even earn their diploma online. For the last few years colleges and universities have increasingly embraced virtual learning. Now the idea of the virtual high school is making inroads in K-12 education.
One such school is National University Virtual High School (NUVHS), an affiliate of the National University System. NUVHS offers flexible, online programs to help students finish high school sooner or to supplement their current coursework. With educational programs that meet or exceed California and national standards, NUVHS online courses says it can help students get the high school credits they need to prepare for the future.
NUVHS offers over 90 interactive high school courses in a wide range of subject areas. The options for students allow them to:
- Enroll in AP and college prep courses
- Repeat classes to improve their GPAs and knowledge
- Earn dual high school and college credits by taking National University courses
All online courses feature small class sizes and are instructor-led by California-credentialed teachers, and with throughout-the-year registration students can begin their studies at any time. NUVHS provides 24/7 access to courses, help desk, library and support services.
NUVHS also offers full-time enrollment options for students who prefer to earn their high school diploma online.
Is NUVHS and other virtual high schools the wave of the future? While online education cannot be expected to take the place of brick and mortar education, it could provide a way to prevent some students from falling through the cracks of our public education infrastructure. Stay tuned!