The Virtual High School Launches Three New Courses Suitable for ESL Students

Boston — August 24, 2016 — The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.), an educational non-profit offering schools and parents the industry’s best online learning programs, today announced that they will pilot three new courses suitable for English as a Second Language (ESL) students this fall. The new courses were developed in partnership with CERNET Education and with input from ESL experts at the Massachusetts International Academy (MAIA). Fall registration for all courses is currently open and courses begin September 7th.
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Boston — August 24, 2016The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.), an educational non-profit offering schools and parents the industry’s best online learning programs, today announced that they will pilot three new courses suitable for English as a Second Language (ESL) students this fall. The new courses were developed in partnership with CERNET Education and with input from ESL experts at the Massachusetts International Academy (MAIA). Fall registration for all courses is currently open and courses begin September 7th.

“These courses give schools new options for students with varied learning needs,“ said Amy Michalowski, Dean of The Virtual High School. “The curriculum engages students who need additional language supports; it’s a great opportunity for students who haven’t been able to take online courses because of limited English proficiency.”

The new ESL courses are as follows:

American Studies
In this American government and culture course, students receive an introductory foundation in the major aspects of U.S. government, and learn about important issues and topics relevant to modern life in the U.S. The courseprovides content exposure with ESL support for students with lower language proficiency This course is appropriate for students at Level 2 ESL and above who have adequate on-site support. ESL students must identify an on-site resource to provide local support and serve as a liaison to the course instructor.

Introduction to Natural Science for ESL Students
This course helps ESL students gain technical language acquisition through the review of general topics in science: physical science, Earth science, and life science. The course is for students who have had previous exposure to natural science curriculum. This is a full-year Level 3 ESL course. Level 2 students could be successful in the course with additional local support. ESL students must identify an on-site resource to provide local support and serve as a liaison to the course instructor.


Differential Calculus
This semester-length honors course gives students an introduction to college mathematics; covering topics such as pre-calculus, limits and continuity, derivatives and their applications and applying them to real life applications. This course is for higher-level study and offers a modified curriculum for Level 5 ESL students, where emphasis will be placed on mathematical vocabulary and explanations of solutions in writing. 

“Our new courses build on The Virtual High School’s 20-year history of partnering with students and their schools to provide quality online education,” said Michalowski. “Students that need to improve their English language skills may be ready to be academically challenged in other areas, and these courses help students enhance their math skills, gain insight into American government and culture, and better develop language acquisition through an understanding of science terminology. We are pleased to offer these new course options to students and their schools.”

About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology, and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.VHSLearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.

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