K-12 and Online High Schools

E-learning isn't just for colleges and universities! Primary and secondary schools have also embraced the possibilities that come with online learning. There are a number of reasons that parents and their kids may want to consider eLearning. Some may live in remote areas, and have no better means to access educational resources. Some may be interested in subjects that are not available at their local school, such as an unusual foreign language or advanced mathematics course, and wish to take that particular subject online. Some may wish to become eLearners as part of a homeschooling program. For any of these, the following are some resources that may be of interest.

An Educator's Guide to Evaluating The Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms
Being able to evaluate curriculum, particularly technology based curriculum is essential for instructional designers. This entry level publication guides developers through the evaluation process, providing guidance in the how's and why's of evaluation.
Virtual High School
The Virtual High School is a non-profit organization that offers content-rich, credit-bearing high school courses to students across the country and around the world.
Virtual School Symposium (VSS)
The VSS brings together more than 1200 representatives annually from national, state, district, private and other virtual school programs to attend the industry's leading event in K-12 online learning. Experts in K-12 virtual education are offered robust networking opportunities, learn the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in e-learning, interact in session presentations, and gain access to the latest research and best practices reports.

 

Selected Public Online High Schools

There are many online high schools, and the trend is for more and more to open. Here is a list of selected online high schools that are run by state education departments.

AK
Arkansas Virtual High School
The purpose of the Arkansas Virtual High School is to provide an online alternative learning environment for the students of Arkansas' public schools who need assistance in completing coursework that is difficult to receive due to factors such as schedule conflicts, homebound due to extenuating circumstances, and other factors that might impede a student's progress through grades 9-12.
CA
Pacific View Online High School
The Pacific View Online High School provides a virtual learning environment for students in San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Imperial counties. It has a California standards based curriculum and is WASC Accredited.
CO
Provost Academy Colorado
Provost Academy Colorado (PAC) is a free public online high school where students earn their diploma and prepare for college or a career through a rigorous education that is personalized to fit their learning needs, goals, interests and schedule. PAC is backed by EdisonLearning, the nation's largest partner to public school districts and communities, with nearly two decades of experience driving academic results in K-12 education.
FL
Florida Virtual School
Florida Virtual School is committed to you by providing students with educational opportunities. We are a statewide, internet-based, public high school offering a rigorous curriculum online. In our experience with thousands of happy students, parents and educators, we know the secret to a successful online education is a high level of communication powered by certified FLVS instructors.
IL
Illinois Virtual High School
The mission of the Illinois Virtual High School is to use new and emerging technologies that expand the boundaries of space and time to provide Illinois students and their teachers with increased equity and access to the highest quality educational opportunities.
KY
The Kentucky Virtual High School (KVHS)
KVHS is a statewide educational service delivering high school courses and online learning opportunity to Kentuckians. KVHS courses are delivered to public high schools through the Kentucky Education Technology System.
LA
Louisiana Virtual School
The Louisiana Virtual School is a Louisiana Department of Education initiative that provides Louisiana high school students access to standards-based high school courses delivered by certified Louisiana teachers via the Internet.
MD
Maryland Virtual High School of Science and Mathematics
The Maryland Virtual High School of Science and Mathematics entails bringing to the classroom the same team problem solving, technology rich approaches currently used in research and business.
MI
Michigan Virtual High School
Every Michigan child should prepare for a globally competitive future that is integrated with technology and focused on the knowledge economy. The Michigan Virtual High School lets all schools offer students equal access to diverse courses, a way to build technology skills and tools that help them succeed on high-stakes, standardized tests.
MN
Minnesota Online High School
Minnesota Online High School offers online high school curriculum, GED, and college prep courses to students in grades 10-12. One of the unique features of Minnesota Online High School is their advising staff who provides parents and students one-on-one support in planning and managing a student's online high school education.
MN
Minnesota Center of Online Learning
MCoOL is a public online middle and high school program of the Houston, MN public school system. It offers online programs to all students in the state of Minnesota without charge.
MO
University of Missouri High School
The mission of the University of Missouri High School is to provide distance learning courses, through a variety of delivery methods, that will complement traditional high school curricula and provide an accredited online high school diploma program for independent learners of all ages seeking an alternative to traditional high school attendance. The University of Missouri High School is accredited by the Commission on International and Transregional Accreditation, and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
NE
Nevada Virtual High School (NVHS)
NVHS is the nation's first full service interactive online high school program open to students everywhere. Established in 1998, the school has over 50 graduates. Approximately fifty high school level classes are offered with online teacher support nine hours daily. All classes meet or exceed current national standards and Nevada state standards.
NJ
New Jersey Virtual School
The traditional boundaries of education are disappearing with the New Jersey Virtual School. With the New Jersey Virtual School, no longer do students have to be subject to rigid definitions of time and place. The New Jersey Virtual School empowers you to become educated utilizing the freedom of the Internet. Earn your credits where you want and when you want.
ND
North Dakota Division of Independent Study
For the past 67 years, NDIS has maintained a proud tradition of providing quality distance education to students and schools around the world. As important distance learning choices are made, reputation, tradition, and expertise are elements that must be considered.
OR
Oregon Virtual School District
The ORVSD is a program led by the Oregon Dept. of Education that seeks to increase access and availability of online learning and teaching resources free of charge to the people of Oregon. Students can use the ORVSD to supplement their classes, parents can track a student's progress online. Teachers can hand out assignments, grade tests, and share strategies with colleagues state-wide. Interactive instruction, Web videos, and podcasts deliver time-tested lessons in cutting edge ways.
SC
Provost Academy South Carolina
Provost Academy South Carolina (PASC) is a free public online high school where students earn their diploma and prepare for college or a career through a rigorous education that is personalized to fit their learning needs, goals, interests and schedule. PASC is backed by EdisonLearning, the nation's largest partner to public school districts and communities, with nearly two decades of experience driving academic results in K-12 education.
TX
Texas Virtual School
The Texas Virtual School is a web-based learning initiative designed to meet the needs of Texas public school students and educators. Private school students and staff are welcome to take advantage of the programs offered through the Texas Virtual School. Its mission is to provide extended and flexible learning opportunities for secondary students and educators through web-based programs.
UT
Utah Electronic High School
Utah's Electronic High School is a new horizon in education. EHS has been in operation since 1994 and provides a wide variety of courses to students across the world. Additional courses are added each year as resources and funding permit.
VI
Virginia Virtual Advanced Placement School
The Virtual Advanced Placement School provides a variety of college-level and foreign language courses, using distance learning technologies. The Virtual Advanced Placement School was designed to provide educational opportunities to schools that may have too few students to justify hiring a full-time teacher, are unable to find qualified teachers, or for students with scheduling conflicts.
WV
West Virginia Virtual School
The Virtual School initiative is the latest effort from the West Virginia Department of Education and the WV Legislature to provide students throughout the Mountain State with quality educational opportunities — no matter where they live.

 

Selected Private Online High Schools

State governments aren't the only ones who are providing online K-12 education. There are also many private online high schools. Here is a list of selected online high schools that are privately run.

Ashworth High School
This offshoot of Ashworth College markets itself to students who dropped out, were home schooled, or need additional course credit to graduate with their class. It is regionally accredited by SACS, making its courses ideal for transfer to other high schools.
GLBTQ Online High School
GLBTQ Online High School provides a safe and welcoming educational community that provides a high quality, comprehensive college-preparatory online high school experience for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexual orientation using the best technology and techniques of distance education.
iQ Academy
iQ Academy is am accredited online K-12 school that works with state education departments to provide free education to students in the states of Arizona (grades 6-12), Kansas (grades 7-12), Minnesota (grades 6-12), Nevada (grades 9-12), South Carolina (grades 9-12), Texas (grades 3-8), Washington (grades 6-12), and Wisconsin (grades 6-12).
Keystone High School
Earn an accredited online high school diploma or high school credits to transfer to a residential high school. Their accredited online high school diploma prepares students for college or a career. Students may choose from over eighty online courses, including core, elective and advanced placement courses supported by certified high school teachers with online high school experience.
Liberty University Online Academy
Liberty University Online Academy is a nationally accredited, online homeschooling program for 3rd - 12th graders with an emphasis on individualized learning. Offered through Liberty University, the world's largest evangelical university with the world's largest Christian online learning program, Liberty University Online Academy is quality, accredited education.
National High School
National High School is accredited by The Commission on International Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). NHS offers a unique and flexible approach to earning a high school diploma online using computer-based courses. The NHS program is based on the belief that all students have the right to the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, while recognizing that not all students are able to accomplish this in a traditional educational setting.
Penn Foster High School
Through Penn Foster High School, students earn a high school diploma from regionally and nationally accredited Penn Foster Career School. Penn Foster Career School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools, the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
Stanford University EPGY Online High School
The Education Program for Gifted Youth Online High School is a fully accredited, diploma granting, online independent school situated at Stanford University. Serving grades 7-12, the EPGY OHS prepares students from around the world for success both in life and in their future intellectual pursuits.
University of Miami Global Academy
The UM Global Academy goal is to deliver a student-centered uniquely superior educational experience. Their online classroom environment encourages exceptional critical thinking skills, curious minds, ambition, and leadership potential and builds character focused on service to others.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Independent Study High School
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Independent Study High School offers the best of both worlds: an online, flexible, and convenient course delivery system coupled with the credibility, dependability, and trustworthiness that one can expect from an accredited, university-based high school.

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