School Profile

An overview of the educational program at the Virtual Learning Academy

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Part-time students are typically enrolled in another school, home educated, or part of some other alternative program. Full-time students need to complete the admissions process. Students admitted to the full time program will be pursuing a VLACS diploma that is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.


This includes New Hampshire and national curriculum standards, as applicable. VLACS is recognized as a NH Scholars High School. The NCAA has approved all VLACS core courses for establishing the eligibility of student athletes. Our curriculum comes form a variety of courseware providers including Florida Virtual School, eDynamic Learning, and CTE Learning. Additionally, design teams consisting of our instructional designers and certified instructors have designed competency-based projects and courses. The VLACS curriculum is aligned to Common Core Standards


Students must demonstrate mastery of competencies in addition to earning passing grades. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through one-on-one contact with the student in other venues. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, peer review, projects, research papers, essays, oral assessments, exams, and discussions.

Testing Results

VLACS offers students access to a college preparatory curriculum, honors, advanced placement (AP), dual college / high school credit courses (eStart & SNHU), competency recovery, and special interest courses. VLACS has open enrollment for honors, AP and dual enrollment courses.

AP Averages 2016-2017

Scores VLACS
5 26%
4 20%
3 33%


School Day SAT

VLACS New Hampshire
ERW 557 522
Math Avg. Score 501 514

Graduation Requirements

Subjects Credits
Arts Education 0.5
Information & communication technologies 0.5
English 4.0
Mathematics (including Alg I and .5 credit in geometry or equivalent) 3.0
Physical sciences 1.0
Biological sciences 1.0
U.S. and N.H. history 1.0
U.S. and N.H. government/civics 0.5
Economics 0.5
World history or geography 0.5
Health education 0.5
Physical education 1.0
Elective & Advisory (0.5 credit of Advisory for each year of enrollment up to 2.0 credits) 7.0
Dual enrollment/AP/Experience 1.0
Total 22.0


**Students admitted on or after May 23, 2014 shall engage with and apply English and mathematics graduation competencies during every year they are enrolled in high school even if graduation competencies for English and mathematics have been demonstrated. Such engagement may occur through integration of these graduation competencies in courses focused on content areas other than English or mathematics. Such engagement shall support students to be college and career ready in mathematics and English/language arts.

Grade Scale

Grade Value*
A 93-100 4.00 C- 70-72 1.67
A- 90-92 3.67 D+ 67-69 1.33
B+ 87-89 3.33 D 63-66 1.00
B 83-86 3.00 D- 60-62 .67
B- 80-82 2.67 F 0-59 0.00
C+ 77-79 2.33 WF WF 0.00
C 73-76 2.00 WInc WInc n/a

*VLACS does not report rank for part-time or full-time students. VLACS does provide an unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale. The GPA is calculated continually throughout the year.


VLACS currently has over 10,000 students, with over 20,000 course enrollments. Our student population comes from over 280 New Hampshire communities and 4 states.

Faculty and Staff

All Academy administrators, instructors and advisors are NH certified and deemed as highly qualified according to State standards.  The VLACS faculty currently consists of over 160 instructors residing in eight states.


Steve Kossakoski, Ph.D Chief Executive Officer
Tony Baldasaro, CAGS Chief Human Resource Officer
Larry White, MBA Chief Financial Officer
Ollire Lane Wortley, CAGS Director of Academic Support
Scott Prescott, M.Ed. Director of Instruction
Kyle Camire Cote, CAGS Director of Guidance
Heather Reed, M.Ed. Director of Instructional Design
Tara Emmett, CAGS Director of Technology


College Acceptances


Art Institute of Boston
Austin Peay State University
Bard College
Bay Path College
Berklee Online
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Catholic University of America
Cazenovia College
Champlain College
Colby-Sawyer College
College of the Atlantic
Culinary Institute of the America
Curry College
Daniel Webster College
Dartmouth College
Dordt College
Drexel University
East Tennessee State University
Franklin Pierce University
Gordon College
Grand Canyon University
Granite State College
Green Mountain College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
High Point University
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Houghton College
Indiana University at Bloomington
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
Johnson & Wales University
Johnson State College
Juniata College
Keene State College
King’s College London
Laird University
Lakes Region Community College
Lesley University
Lyndon State College
Marlboro College
Marquette University
Massasoit Community College
Middlesex Community College
Mount Holyoke College
Nashua Community College
New England College
New Hampshire Technical Institute
Norwich University
Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins
Pensacola Christian College
Pepperdine University
Plymouth State University
Principia College
Quincy College
Quinnipiac University
Rhode Island College
Roger Williams University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Michael’s College
Salve Regina University
Southern New Hampshire University
Syracuse University
Suffolk University
SUNY College at Brockport
Temple University
Thomas College
Union University
University of Arizona
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Hartford
University of Maine
University of Mass. Amherst
University of Minnesota
University of Montana
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of Vermont
Utica College
Villanova University
Virginia Wesleyan
White Mountain Comm. College
Xavier University

School Approval

The Virtual Learning Academy is an approved NH charter school and public school.  The New Hampshire State Board of Education approves all charter schools and public schools in the state.  New Hampshire charter schools are required to submit annual progress reports to ensure that all applicable academic standards and laws are being met.  Additionally, charter schools in New Hampshire must renew their charters every five years.  The renewal process includes a rigorous self-study and an on-site evaluation conducted by a team appointed by the New Hampshire Department of Education. At the conclusion of the self-study and evaluation process, representatives from the NH DOE and the charter school meet with the New Hampshire State Board of Education to present their findings.  The board may decide to extend the charter for an additional five years or revoke the school’s charter. In 2012, the NH State Board of Education unanimously approved a new five-year charter for the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School.  We plan to celebrate our tenth anniversary with another five year charter extension in the fall of 2017.

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