Schools can now offer more AP®, core subject, and enrichment courses to students needing scheduling flexibility
Since 2022, VHS Learning’s flexibly paced courses have helped students create customized academic schedules. Now the nonprofit has more than doubled its Flexible courses, offering students 34 courses in three categories for the upcoming 2023-24 school year: Flexible Advanced Placement® courses, Flexible one-credit courses, and Flexible half-credit courses. The half-credit category is a new creation by VHS Learning and allows for enrollment on a rolling basis year-round.
“Our original catalog of Flexible courses was so popular, we knew that we were meeting an important need,” said Carol DeFuria, President & CEO of VHS Learning. “These comprehensive, teacher-led self-paced courses give students the opportunity to embark on new learning experiences after the beginning of the traditional semester start.”
Flexible AP® Courses
VHS Learning has five new additions to its catalog of Flexible AP® courses:
- AP® Biology Flexible
- AP® Chemistry Flexible
- AP® Computer Science A Flexible
- AP® Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Flexible
- AP® Physics C: Mechanics Flexible
AP® Biology Flexible, AP® Chemistry Flexible, and AP® Computer Science A Flexible are 1.0 credit courses. Students taking AP® Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism or AP® Physics C: Mechanics will earn a half credit for each course.
Course registration for all Flexible AP® courses opens in May 2023. Students can enroll in the courses for the upcoming 2023-24 academic school year on any Monday from September through December. Coursework must be completed by June 15, 2024, so students who join later in the enrollment period must progress through the material at a faster pace.
Flexible One-Credit Courses
Six new standard level one-credit courses have also been added to VHS Learning’s Flexible course offerings:
- Algebra 2
- English 10
- Spanish 2
- S. History
As with the Flexible AP® courses, students will be able to register for these courses in May 2023. They can then enroll in their selected course on any Monday from September to February. Students must complete their course by June 15, 2024, so later enrollees will need to work at a faster pace.
Flexible Half-Credit Courses
The new Flexible half-credit category currently contains seven courses, which are designed to be completed in about 20 weeks:
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Personal Finance
- S. Government and Civics
- Writing The College Application Essay
Registration for all half-credit courses except for Chinese Language and Culture will open on June 1, 2023, and students will be able to begin their chosen course immediately. Registration for the Chinese Language and Culture course will open on July 1, 2023.
All eligible Flexible courses have been NCAA approved. VHS Learning teachers will regularly interact with students in asynchronous discussions, host weekly office hours, and invite students to monthly one-on-one progress meetings.
“All three Flexible course categories are excellent options for students who are dealing with scheduling challenges,” said DeFuria. “Instead of being bound by semester and school year start dates, students can use VHS Learning Flexible courses to expand their academic schedules so their learning never stops.”
For more information about VHS Learning, please visit https://www.vhslearning.org/ and follow on Twitter at @VHSLearning.
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