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Massachusetts Mayflower Academy Now Accepting Applications

Full-time online private high school opens registration for fall 2024 with new additions to its more than 200 courses 

Online learning is an increasingly popular option for secondary students whose circumstances require a more flexible class schedule or who want to delve into diverse learning opportunities due to career or personal interests. To help students realize their potential in a safe, supportive online learning environment, Massachusetts Mayflower Academy (MMA), a full-time online private high school, is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year at https://go.vhslearning.org/applynow.

MMA is an accredited online high school powered by VHS Learning, a nonprofit providing high-quality online courses since 1996. For the 2024-25 school year, MMA offers its students more than 200 online courses, ranging from core subjects and unique electives to 29 Advanced Placement® courses and a variety of Honors options.

This fall, MMA will also offer several new courses, including Artificial Intelligence, Music Production, English 12 Self-Paced and Personal Fitness Self-Paced.

The Artificial Intelligence course will explore the history, workings, and societal impact of artificial intelligence. To understand AI concepts, students will use several interactive artificial intelligence simulation tools, including MIT App Inventor and Scratch. In a culminating project, students will develop their own AI prototype and explain ethical considerations in its design.

In the Music Production course, students will analyze music to see how music production creates the sounds of different modern musical genres. They will then use the social music creation platform BandLab to create new works of their own, experimenting with diverse music production techniques. Students will also collaborate to develop complex works for a releasable single. This course is aligned with the National Core Arts Standards for music theory and composition and is designed for both experienced musicians and students with no prior musical experience.

Students participating in the English 12 Self-Paced literature and writing course will share their analyses of various literary and informational texts through written arguments and narrative pieces. In the final unit, students research and present their findings on a topic related to one of the historical, literary, or thematic concepts in the previous units. Students will earn one credit for the course and can begin on any Wednesday, from September through the first Wednesday in February. All assignments must be completed by June 15, so students who enroll later will progress through the material at a faster rate.

The Physical Education: Personal Fitness course is aligned with the ShapeAmerica Physical Education standards. Students will design a personal workout program for themselves as they learn how regular exercise and nutrition benefit one’s mental, physical, and social health. Students can enroll and begin on any Wednesday, from September through the first Wednesday in February. The course completion deadline is June 15.

“Massachusetts Mayflower Academy courses are designed by subject matter experts and taught by experienced certified high school teachers,” said President & CEO of VHS Learning Carol DeFuria. “Each student enrolled in the academy is supported and encouraged and follows a learning path that allows them to take courses that pique their unique interests. We’re looking forward to welcoming students for the new school year and helping them experience the variety of engaging learning opportunities in our extensive course catalog as they earn their high school diploma.”

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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