Frequently Asked Questions
What is VHS?
Virtual High School (VHS) is an online high school that offers courses in the arts, business, foreign language, language arts, life skills/health, mathematics, science, social studies and technology. VHS courses are offered completely online, meaning you will only interact with your teacher and classmates in the virtual world on a closed online academic system. Only VHS faculty, staff, and students can participate in VHS classes.
How is it similar to my regular, face-to-face classes?
VHS will be similar to your face-to-face classes in terms of the information you learn, and the course you take may even include actual books and workbooks sent to you by your VHS teacher. Your course may also include tests and quizzes you can take online with multiple choices, short answers and essay questions. You may also have group projects and class participation grades, just like in your face-to-face classes.
What makes VHS different?
What makes VHS totally unique is the way you learn. VHS courses usually include fewer books and more online resources. VHS teachers will assess your learning through posted word processing document assignments; multimedia projects; online readings; blogs and wikis; and discussion boards with your teacher and classmates.
In addition, you can complete assignments at any time. You are not limited to one class period per day. If you don’t finish your work in school, you can finish assignments at home in the evenings or over the weekend. VHS courses are set up by work weeks that begin on Wednesday morning and end on Tuesday evening. So, you will be expected to participate in your course several times during the week and meet deadlines that normally fall on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Tuesday. (depending on the course)
Unlike your face-to-face classes, your VHS teachers don’t have the opportunity to bug you until your work is completed. You need to be organized and responsible, and read all of the directions for each assignment. You will be left more on your own in the virtual classroom, and you will be expected to complete every class assignment on time and according to directions or you may not pass the course.
Where can I get help in school?
Mr. Dyl will be your "site coordinator." He will make sure you have the proper technology in the building, help you with problems, check your progress, and report grades from your VHS teacher to your parents and the guidance department at PHS.