About VLACS

Welcome to the Virtual Learning Academy!

The Virtual Learning Academy is an established and respected leader in customized learning. We offer true anytime, anywhere learning for students across New Hampshire and nationwide.

VLACS Middle & High School

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VLACS Adult Education

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Our Mission

Our mission is to use the latest technology to provide our students with anytime, unlimited access to a rigorous, personalized education that helps students learn today, graduate tomorrow and prepare for the future.

History

The New Hampshire Board of Education approved the charter application of the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School on May 9, 2007. The school opened to students in January 2008 with approximately 700 enrollments (an enrollment is considered a half-credit course segment).

Five years later, the NH Board of Education unanimously approved the charter renewal application and extended the school’s charter for an additional five years. The charter renewal application also included an outline of future plans including the addition of a full-time middle school program, expanding the curriculum to include selected elementary school courses, and expanding the program to include adult education.

During 2014-2015, the Virtual Learning Academy served approximately 12,000 students and 24,000 half-segment enrollment making it one of the largest statewide virtual schools in the country.

Middle & High School Information

Who are our students?

The Virtual Learning Academy provides services to any student who is under the age of 21 and has not earned a high school diploma. New Hampshire residents attend the school free of charge while students who reside outside of the state pay tuition.

Gender %
Female 57%
Male 43%

 

 

 

 

Student Statistics
 Public middle school  10%
 Public elementary school  2%
 Public high school  60%
 VLACS full time  6%
 Homeschool  15%
 Private School  3%
 Charters  2%
 Dropouts  1%
 Other  1%

Why do Middle & High School students choose VLACS?

There are many reasons why students are attracted to online learning at VLACS.

  • Flexibility — Students are in control of their academic schedule. There is no calendar at VLACS. Students can enroll in a course at any time and pursue their interests, talents, or passions at a time of the day that best fits their needs.
  • Pace — We expect students to make regular progress based on an individualized pacing chart. However, one student may want to accelerate their progress while another student may need additional time to master competencies and earn a credit — both scenarios are possible at VLACS.
  • Flexible learning paths — Because VLACS is competency-based students have the opportunity to enroll in one 140+ competency groups which can be completed as a typical online course or customized to include projects, internships, independent study, etc. Learn more about our flexible learning pathways here.
  • Failure is not an option — Students are allowed to continue working on a competency until mastered. The idea that everyone learns at the same rate is just not true, but it is important that each student masters competencies. At VLACS, students have the flexibility to master a competency quickly or to continue working until they attain their academic goal.

Students have many needs that the VLACS learning model can address.

  • Acceleration — VLACS Students are not bound by traditional school calendars or grade levels. For example, an advanced middle school student may take high school courses or high school students may begin work on an associate degree.
  • Remediation — Students can retake a course or master an individual competency that was not mastered in a traditional school setting.
  • Time management and independent learning skills — Many students have reported that the learning model at VLACS has helped them to build and refine their time management skills and their ability to be successful independent learners.
  • Access to programs not available locally — Sometimes local schools do not offer courses, project, or the option to build a customized learning plan that VLACS offers.

Approvals

  • The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School is approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education as a diploma-granting public school.
  • The NCAA has reviewed courses offered at VLACS and has determined which are approved for use in establishing a student athlete’s initial-eligibility. A listing of NCAA approved courses can be found at their website.
  • The College Board has audited and approved all VLACS Advanced Placement courses
  • The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • The Virtual Learning Academy is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business.

Adult Education Information

Who are our students?

The VLACS Adult Education program will open in January 2016 for any adult over the age of 21. Programming will include enrichment courses, adult diploma courses, and eventually college/career readiness or certificate pathways designed to provide a wealth of options for those over 21 years of age.

The expansion of VLACS’ Adult Education program will include enrichment courses and eventually college/career readiness or certificate pathways geared to provide a wealth of options for those over 21 years of age. Options range from many of the courses from our Course Catalog that traditional students can access, but the adult community has been asking to access as well for several years. Examples of courses available include Digital Photography, Music Appreciation, and more.

Why do our Adults take our courses?

There are a few main reasons why students are attracted to online learning at VLACS.

  • Flexibility – Adults need to work outside of their work setting, and the independent schedule of an online course provides a student with flexibility to learn at any time of the day.
  • Adult Ed Center Limitations – Either their local adult ed center doesn’t offer a particular course or  option, or there is a scheduling conflict with one’s personal or work schedule.
  • Online learning provides personalized options to target an entire course or just those parts of a course that focuses on a particular need or interest.

VLACS Memberships & Awards

iNACOL Institutional Member
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USDLA Nonprofit Member
USDLA NP 15

 

 

 

Better Business Bureau of NH

Virtual Learning Academy, Schools Academic Second & Elementary, Exeter, NH

Awards

  • New England Conference on Gifted & Talented Award, 2009
  • NH Excellence in Education Special Recognition Award, 2009
  • Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Recipient, 2012

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