Nonprofit provides high school students with educational opportunities not otherwise available to them.
Providing students with interesting new educational opportunities fosters their engagement in learning and better prepares them for college and careers. Students taking VHS Learning courses through their local schools or directly from VHS Learning will start the 2023-24 school year with comprehensive new courses in computer science, fine arts, languages, and business.
VHS Learning’s new courses include:
- AP® Pre-Calculus
- AP® Seminar
- Digital Photography
- Music Composition and Songwriting
- IT Fundamentals
- Mobile App Development
- Principles of Computer Science
- Graphic Novels
- American Sign Language and Culture
- Chinese Language and Culture
All courses listed above will be available in the fall 2023 semester with the exception of Graphic Novels, which will be available in the spring 2024 semester.
“Many of our students have expressed an interest in Business courses, and more specifically, courses in Accounting, and we are thrilled to be able to offer our new Accounting course for them next year,” said Carol DeFuria, President & CEO of VHS Learning. “The AP® Seminar course was developed as part of the College Board’s response to postsecondary educators’ wish for incoming freshmen with greater proficiency in critical thinking and communication.”
The yearlong AP® Seminar course is the first part of the College Board’s new AP Capstone Diploma™ program, which is designed to develop students’ critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills. During the course, students in grades 10-12 will engage in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues. Course participants will also write research-based essays, deliver dynamic presentations, and study a variety of topics and subject areas.
The Accounting course is a 33-week course in which students will learn how to analyze, assemble, and process basic financial statements to determine the value of assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity. The course will enable students to communicate essential information about the financial operations of both service and merchandising businesses.
VHS Learning has also continued its commitment to expand access to computer science education with new courses including Mobile App Development and Information Technology Fundamentals. In the 15-week Mobile App Development course, students will learn how to design and code iPhone and Android apps for a variety of uses including education, sports, entertainment, health or medicine, and social networking.
In the 15-week Information Technology Fundamentals course, students will learn IT concepts and terminology, applications and software, software development, database fundamentals, and essential security concepts. Those who successfully complete the Information Technology Fundamentals course will be eligible to take the CompTIA IT Fundamental (ITF+) certification exam.
For almost three decades, VHS Learning has earned a reputation for educational quality. All VHS Learning teachers complete graduate-level Online Teaching Methodologies (OTM) training to learn best practices for online teaching and learning, and 81% of VHS Learning teachers possess a master’s degree or higher.
For more information on VHS Learning’s 300+ unique online courses for high school students, including 29 AP® options, core courses, engaging electives, credit recovery, and other learning opportunities, school and district leaders can visit: https://my.vhslearning.org/PublicStudentCourseList.aspx
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