According to the Brookings Institution, U.S. students lose an average of one month’s worth of school-year learning over the summer vacation and the extent of that loss is even larger at higher grade levels. The community of Ware, Massachusetts, will address that “summer slide” through a $22,500 grant to enable the town’s high school students to take summer courses from The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.), a non-profit providing online learning programs.
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts funding allows Ware Junior Senior High School students in grades 7-12 to take online summer courses through VHS. Courses beginJuly 23, 2018, and are offered in a variety of subject areas, including: Study Skills, Personal Finance, Health, Digital Photography, Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Cryptography, Criminology, and CAD. A complete list of summer courses, including course descriptions, is available on The Virtual High School’s web site: vhslearning.org/summer. All courses are instructor-led, and eligible courses are NCAA-approved.