The Virtual High School is a non-profit organization that has literally changed the face of online and blended learning in high schools and middle schools across the country and around the world. Since 1996, they have brought art to the cornfields, math to the deserts, and science to the delta. The education students thought they couldn’t receive, and administrators thought they couldn’t afford, has been delivered via the Web by The Virtual High School.
At Delone Catholic, VHS is offered to juniors and seniors. The following full-year Advanced Placement courses will be offered for highly motivated and independent students to choose from:
- AP Art History
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Environmental Science
- AP European History
- AP French Language and Culture
- AP Human Geography
- AP Music Theory
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish Language and Culture
- AP World History
The following semester courses will be offered in either Fall or Spring semester:
- Animal Behavior and Zoology
- Constitutional Law
- Environmental Science
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Twentieth Century Women Authors
After completing the VHS Application and obtaining approval by the current subject teacher and Department Chair, a student who is accepted into the VHS program should count the VHS course chosen among the required number of credits.
Is VHS for you?
Please read the information listed below, and complete the steps in the application process. This will allow you to make an informed decision as to whether VHS will be a good match for you. Applications that are not complete will be returned to the student.
Criteria for acceptance into the VHS Program
The following items will be considered for all students applying for VHS courses.
- Classroom behavior
- Completion of assignments (there is no minimum grade requirement)
- Ability to work independently
- Attendance (will not be a major factor, but will be considered)
- Recommendation from the teacher in the department and the Department Chair
- Completion of AP Calculus AB before registering for AP Calculus BC
Course Policies for VHS Classes
- A student cannot take an AP course that is currently offered at Delone Catholic High School.
- The administration has the right to disapprove a course.
- VHS Course Registration begins in the first or second week of May. Once a student has been registered for a course, they will not be allowed to withdraw from the program. However, Delone Catholic reserves the right to withdraw a student from the program at any time.
- There are a limited number of seats each semester. The number of classes a student is enrolled in will be determined by the number of students accepted into the program.
- Students should review the course information carefully before making their course selections. A student may request to switch one VHS AP course for another prior to the start of classes. This does not mean that a student’s request will be granted. Requests to change a course will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All requests must be approved by Dr. Thiec. In order to request a course change, a written request stating the reason for the change must be completed by the student and signed by his/her parent or guardian.
- Students must be able to work independently.
- A student may need to work outside of school hours to complete weekly assignments.
- If a student does not have internet access at home, he/she must be willing to use a public library or other source to complete the necessary course work.
How much time should I allot to complete my work for VHS each week?
Students taking a VHS course during school hours have a class period each day as per the rotating scheduled. The hours listed below include this time.
- An AP level class requires students to be actively engaged in their coursework for approximately 10 - 12 hours per week.
Credit for VHS Courses
VHS Courses receive the same credit and weight, and are listed on the student transcript in the same manner as any other course offered at Delone Catholic.
How and where do I take my VHS course?
Students are assigned a class period to work on their VHS courses in the computer labs or library. VHS courses are taught over the Internet, and therefore are accessible from any computer that has an internet connection. Students have the option to take a VHS class without being assigned a class period during school hours.
Who pays for VHS Courses?
- Delone Catholic High School pays the membership fees and basic tuition for VHS courses.
- Delone Catholic does not provide any material for VHS courses. Students are responsible for any materials required for their course which are not provided through VHS.
- VHS will be charging an additional $75 for AP courses. Students electing to take an AP course will have to pay the additional fee. Tuition assistance is available in the case of hardship. Students must also pay the fee for the AP test.
- In addition, AP science classes will have a lab fee. Students will be required to pay the lab fee for their courses.
Please contact Dr. Maureen Thiec if you have any additional questions.