At VLACS, students customize their learning according to their interests, talents, or passions. Our flexible learning journeys include courses, projects, experiences, teams, internships and college level courses. By mixing these learning journeys, students create their own unique learning playlists.
A Competency-Based Approach
We are a competency-based school. We define competencies as the big ideas, concepts, and enduring understandings that students are expected to master before moving on. For example, high school US Government students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship by investigating the political processes and citizen involvement in local, state and national governments.
Students learn at different speeds and many will benefit from having more time to master a concept. Others may like to accelerate their learning to learn at a quicker pace. The same student that struggles with one competency may find that the next competency is easier for them to master, and thus progress more quickly. Students can take as much time as they need to learn because, at our school, success is the only goal. This allows students to move through their learning journey at VLACS without labels based on their learning pace. Students who meet the prerequisites for college courses are welcome to enroll at any time during their high school career.
Here is a sampling of the colleges VLACS students have been accepted into in recent years:
- Harvard University
- Bard College
- Boston University
- Bowdoin College
- Culinary Institute of the America
- Dartmouth College
- Kings College, London
- Syracuse University
- Temple University
- University of Mass. Amherst
Badges symbolize a student’s competency in a skill, qualification, or interest. At VLACS, students can earn digital badges by completing eligible competencies and experiences. These badges make it possible for students to explore career-related interests, accelerating their readiness for college and career. Learn more about badges here.
All New Hampshire resident students are required to take the NH SAS (Science) along with the School Day SAT in the spring of their junior year. In the fall of their junior year, students may choose to take the optional PSAT.
Students enrolled in six classes will have up to six instructors and an advisor working directly with them in addition to the academic helpdesk, technical HelpDesk, and the VLACS office staff. Every VLACS high school student has a team of professionals who do their best to ensure that they have the best possible learning experience.
Certified and experienced instructors provide one-to-one instructional support and feedback to students on a regular basis. Parents are always encouraged to become involved in their child’s academic career at VLACS. In addition to virtual meetings, parents receive communications and progress reports from their student’s instructors on a monthly basis. Parents and guardians can check on their student’s progress anytime through their parent account at VLACS.
The main goal of the high school advisory program is to ensure that every student is successful. All full-time high school students are assigned to an advisor and advisory group. During a student’s tenure at VLACS, the advisor serves as a student’s advocate, coach and counselor, and the primary contact for parents or guardians. Through advisory, students have opportunities to identify and explore interests, talents, or passions help inform course and project selection, internship opportunities, and other offerings to prepare each student for college and career.
Students can access the Academic HelpDesk to get answers to questions related to their courses if their instructor is not available. To locate the Academic Helpdesk, students should visit their course page, select the "Need Help?" button, and answer the prompted questions.
Additionally, our Technical HelpDesk staff are available to help solve problems with any VLACS technology. If students or parents have other questions that they need answered, our office staff is available Monday through Friday to help.
Special Education Services
At VLACS, students work at a pace that meets their needs and have the opportunity to redo assignments, tests, and projects as they work toward the mastery of competencies. In many cases our learning model meets the requirements prescribed in IEPs. When additional support is required, as per the IEP, our staff works with the student’s school district to create a positive learning experience. As per New Hampshire law, a student’s resident district shall have the responsibility, including financial responsibility, to ensure the provision of the special education and related services in the child’s IEP. New Hampshire law does not apply to out-of-state students.
Every student can excel at VLACS. Students who want to accelerate their learning by progressing at a quicker pace are welcome at VLACS. Looking for advanced courses? How about kick-starting your college degree? Students can take AP courses or begin earning credits toward college while still in high school.
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VLACS offers a wide variety of subjects, from traditional math and science studies to special interests like photography and walking fitness. Take a look for yourself!