VLACS is a state-approved charter school, public school and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our approval to serve as a school comes directly from the NH State Board of Education which grants us the ability to award high school diplomas and academic credits. To ensure that our programming and services meet the requirements set forth by the NH Board of Education we must submit an annual report describing and documenting our work, plus, every five years we are required to participate in a charter renewal process that is identical to many independent accreditation processes.
- New Hampshire Board of Education – The Board sets standards and approves all public schools in New Hampshire.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association – The NCAA approves certain courses for prospective student-athletes seeking NCAA initial-eligibility. A list of VLACS approved classed can be found here.
- Advanced Placement – All VLACS Advanced Placement courses are audited by the College Board on an annual basis.
- A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau
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.
The New Hampshire Board of Education approved the first charter application of the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School on May 9, 2007 and approved a second five-year charter in December, 2018. The school opened to students in January 2008 with approximately 700 enrollments (an enrollment is considered a half-credit course).
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 2018-2019, the Virtual Learning Academy served approximately 13,000 students and close to 30,000 half-segment enrollments, 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 in its middle and high school programs 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.
Middle & High School Information
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 journeys — Because VLACS is competency-based, students have the opportunity to enroll in one of 140+ competency groups which can be completed as a typical online course or customized to include projects, internships, independent study, teams, etc. Learn more about our flexible learning journeys 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, projects, or the option to build a customized learning plan that VLACS offers.
- 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?
Programming for the VLACS Adult Education program includes enrichment courses, adult diploma courses, and eventually college/career readiness or certificate learning journeys designed to provide a wealth of options for those over 21 years of age.
The expansion of VLACS’ Adult Education program to include college/career readiness or certificate journeys will be implemented in July of 2019. Options include many of the courses from our Learning Catalog that appeal to the adult community. 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.
- Personalization – 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.
- College prep.
- Find a career.
Memberships & Awards
- iNACOL Institutional Member
- USDLA Nonprofit Member
- Better Business Bureau of NH
- New England Conference on Gifted & Talented Award, 2009
- NH Excellence in Education Special Recognition Award, 2009
- Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Recipient, 2012
- NH Excellence in Education – Innovation, 2016
Have a question about the curriculum, tuition, or how VLACS can give you more freedom to pursue an education? Reach out to us, we can help.