Virtual High School


What is Virtual High School?

Virtual High School’s online courses provide a way for Bishop McDevitt to supplement the school’s elective and AP course offerings. VHS’s catalog currently offers more than 150 online courses and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. VHS offers both year and semester long courses. Students must apply for acceptance into the VHS program.

Criteria for Acceptance into the VHS Program

  • Classroom performance and behavior
  • Completion of assignments
  • Self-motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attendance

How and Where do Students take VHS courses?

Students are assigned a class period to work on their VHS courses in the computer lab. VHS courses are taught over the internet and are therefore accessible from any computer that has an internet connection.

Credit for VHS Courses

VHS courses receive the same credit and weight and are listed on the student report card and transcript in the same manner as any other course offered at Bishop McDevitt. Students taking a VHS course must meet the grading standards set forth by Bishop McDevitt High School. Therefore, a student must achieve a grade of 70 or higher to receive credit for the course.

Course Policies

  • A student cannot take a course that is currently offered at Bishop McDevitt
  • The administration has the right to disapprove a course
  • VHS Course registration begins in the first or second week of May. Once a student has been registered for a course, they will not be allowed to withdraw from the program. However, Bishop McDevitt reserves the right to withdraw a student from the program at any time.
  • There are a limited number of seats each semester. The number of classes a student is enrolled in will be determined by the number of students accepted into the program.
  • Students should review the course information carefully before making their course selections. A student may request to switch one VHS course for another prior to the start of class. This does not mean that a student’s request will be granted. Requests must be submitted in writing, state the reason for the change and be signed by his/her parent or guardian. All requests must be approved by Mrs. Pagliaro.
  • Student must be able to work independently.
  • A student will need to work outside of school hours to complete weekly assignments.
  • If a student does not have internet access at home, he/she must be willing to use a public library or other source to complete necessary course work.

How much time should be allotted to complete the course work for VHS each week?

  • Students taking a VHS course have approximately 3 ½ hours of scheduled class time. The hours listed below include this time.
  • A standard level class requires students to be actively engaged in their coursework for approximately 6-8 hours per week.
  • An honors level. Pre-AP class requires students to be actively engaged in their coursework for approximately 8-10 hours per week.
  • An AP level class requires students to be actively engaged in their coursework for approximately 10-12 hours per week.

Who pays for VHS Courses?

  • Bishop McDevitt pays the membership fess and basic tuition for VHS courses
  • Bishop McDevitt does not provide any material for VHS courses. Students are responsible for any materials required for their course which are not provided through VHS.
  • VHS charges an additional $75 fee for AP courses. Students electing to take an AP course will have to pay the additional fee.
  • Some AP science classes will have a lab fee. Students will be required to pay the lab fee for their courses.

A student who does not receive a grade of 70 or higher will be responsible for reimbursing Bishop McDevitt High School for the cost of the course.

For more information, please visit http://thevhscollaborative.org/ or please view this Power Point Presentation.