Enrollment in VHS Learning’s Flexible Self-Paced Courses Soars by Over 400%

Across the nation, flexible self-paced learning is capturing the interest of students and their families due to the flexibility it offers. That interest is reflected in the ever-increasing popularity of VHS Learning’s flexibly paced courses. The number of students enrolled in at least one of VHS Learning’s Flexible self-paced course offerings increased by 430% between the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years.

The flexible self-paced courses remove the restrictions of set semester and school-year start dates, allowing students to create customized academic schedules. VHS Learning first offered flexible self-paced courses during the 2022-23 academic year. At that time, 221 students enrolled. In the 2023-24 academic year, the number enrollees rose to 1,172, including almost 200 students that have signed up for VHS Learning’s new Flexible self-paced half-credit courses.

Flexible Self-paced courses are available in three categories:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)® courses
  • Full-credit non-AP® courses
  • Half-credit non-AP® courses

Students can enroll in Flexible self-paced Advanced Placement® courses (both half-credit and full-credit) any Monday from September through December to be ready for the AP® exams in May. The remaining full-credit courses (non-AP®) are available to start any Monday, September through February. For both AP® and full-credit Flexible self-paced courses, students must complete their work by the end of the school year, meaning students who enroll later will progress through the material at a faster pace.

The new Flexible self-paced half-credit category allows for enrollment on a rolling basis year-round. It includes courses like Personal Finance, Cybersecurity, and Chinese Language and Culture. Students have up to 20 weeks to complete the course.

The Flexible self-paced AP® full-credit courses have proved the most popular option for students. Between the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years, enrollment rose 476%, from 135 to 778 students. Flexible self-paced full-creditcourses (excluding AP®) were the second most popular option, with enrollment rising 473%, from 51 to 292 students, during the same period.

“The soaring enrollments in our Flexible self-paced courses show that we’re meeting a very important need,” said Carol DeFuria, President & CEO of VHS Learning. “These Flexible self-paced options are teacher-led courses that give students the flexibility to enroll at the time that best suits their academic schedule. For many students, it’s a winning combination.”

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