Tom Pavlidis - VHS Site Coordinator
To increase the number and scope of elective courses we can offer to our Newmarket High School students, we began our venture into distance learning in the Fall of 2003 by joining the Virtual High School (VHS).
VHS is an international collaborative of 520 high schools (in 30 states and 39 international schools). This year, Virtual High School, accessed at http://www.govhs.org , is offering more over 200 different full semester NetCourses to over 10,000 students worldwide. This includes roughly 20 AP and IB Courses which could earn students college credit. Subjects include Arts, Business, Foreign Language Arts, Life Skills, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology, and all of the core courses are NCAA accredited.
Started with federal grant money in 1996 at two high schools in Massachusetts, VHS is now a self-sustaining non-profit organization of member schools. For a modest yearly membership fee, each school provides one teacher to the VHS staff to teach an online course. In return, each school receives 25 student "seats" to any and all VHS NetCourses. Newmarket students may take a VHS NetCourse in place of a NHS elective. Every school day, VHS students from Newmarket will be accessing their course from a library computer during a free elective period.
Our VHS teacher is Kristin Kiefaber, who has developed and has been teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C since September 2004.