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Virtual High Schools

Page history last edited by jesusm1@csupomona.edu 9 years, 9 months ago

While Virtual High Schools have been around for a while now, they are just now becoming more of an apparent choice for parents seeking education for their children.  A virtual high school falls under the category of distance learning in which education is provided via internet or other multimedia sources that do not require a student to be present in an educational institution.  Online high schools such as Virtual High School have provided online education since 1996 in collaboration with 30 states and 20 countries and is still fully functioning today.  Many students have found themselves attending virtual high schools for a variety of reasons such as teenage pregnancy, illness, and or home situations that make it difficult for children to attend school.  While there is still much debate about whether virtual high schools would better serve students, according to the British Journal of Educational Technology, some educators agree that candidates should have the following characteristics:


  • self-directed
  • independent learners
  • highly motivated
  • good time management skills
  • willingness to ask a lot of questions
  • strong support from family
  • not dependent on face-to-face interaction



Possible reasons why students are seeking an online education:


  • low achievement due to social distractions of traditional high schools
  • teenage pregnancy
  • illness or disability
  • low social skills
  • peer pressure
  • high interest in technology/internet


This following article discusses students and their ability to focus in a high tech world:




Below is a comparison of the elements of a physical classroom and those of a virtual classroom.


Why some students are going the "Virtual Way."


Virtual High Schools are looking to replace this:



with this:



The following are examples of Virtual High Schools across the country:




The following link is an overview of virtual learning within the Los Angeles Unified School district who recently opened its very first fully online virtual High school.  http://sites.google.com/site/onlinelearninglausd/




Cathy J. R. C. Wayer, N. & Liu, F. (2010) “VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOLS: Improving Outcomes for Students With Disabilities.,”  

          Quarterly Review of Distance Education 2(11) 91-104.


“Editor’s Note: Keeping Things in Focus”, n.d.,




“Distance learning | Define Distance learning at Dictionary.com”, n.d.,  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/distance+learning


Murphy, E. & Rodríguez Manzanares, M. A. (2008) “Contradictions between the virtual and physical high school classroom:

          A third-generation Activity Theory perspective.,” British Journal of Educational Technology 6(39)


“National University Virtual High School”, n.d., http://www.nuvhs.org/.


“Online Learning LAUSD”, n.d., http://sites.google.com/site/onlinelearninglausd/.


Reid, K. M. & Aqui, Y, & Putney, L. G. (2009) Evaluation of an evolving virtual high school," 46(4), retrieved from



Starkman, N. (2007). GOING THE DISTANCE. THE Journal, 34(2), retrieved from



“Virtual High School Welcomes You! WhyVHS-Home”, n.d.,  http://www.govhs.org/Pages/WhyVHS-Home.  


“YouTube - Virtual High School”, n.d., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypKrqmRB_Cw&feature=related


Comments (5)

ileon@csupomona.edu said

at 10:41 am on Apr 28, 2011

Hello Jesse and Rosemary
I think the second link to national university virtual high school needs to be reference.
References 5 and 6 both take you to the cal poly pomona library log in. Are the references 5 and 6 are articles, journals, or websites? You need to indent references 2 and 8 after the first line in order to comply with APA format.

I liked the chart the compares the charateristics of the traditional vs virtual high schools.

rboone@csupomona.edu said

at 11:11 am on Apr 28, 2011

Jesse I corrected just a few grammatical errors. I also added a link that relates to distractions students have in high school considering that we live in a high tech world. I provided a citation for that article at the end of your reference list. One thing is your references should be in alphabetical order maybe you can rearrange them a bit. Like Isreal was saying about your references taking you back to the Cal Poly library page, I would suggest you used a site such as Edutopia.org (its fairly simple to navigate through and to cite). It has great, relevant, and reliable sources that relate to eLearning and virtual classrooms. Overall, it was very informative and very interesting to read.

jesusm1@csupomona.edu said

at 1:02 pm on Apr 28, 2011

Hey guys, thanks for the input, I am right on it.

jesusm1@csupomona.edu said

at 2:23 pm on Apr 28, 2011

Hey guys, I have fixed the errors you mentioned. As for the links that go to the Cal Poly website, they are indeed articles that were retrieved from the databases. The articles are fully referenced and the links are there only as a mention of where the information was retrieved from.

ileon@csupomona.edu said

at 7:36 pm on Apr 28, 2011

Jesse and Rosemary:
To keep the APA references consistent you might want to have all the reference to a website the same. For example change Editor's Note: Keeping Things in Focus reference as the other websites references.

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