Virtual High School earns place among top online learning sites
Posted on 11/07/2018
Male student sitting in front of computer on desk in front of window with closed blindsPrince William County Public Schools (PWCS), a recognized leader in Virginia and the nation in high school-level online learning, recently joined the Digital Learning Collaborative (Collaborative). The Collaborative is a membership group of 24 organizations including school districts, state agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies. Its purpose is to serve as a resource, clearinghouse, and community for information about online, blended, and digital learning. PWCS is one of 12 online school district programs in the nation invited to be a founding member of the Digital Learning Collaborative.
“Although online learning has been used in K-12 education for more than 20 years, and digital technology for several decades, practices and policies are constantly evolving,” said John Watson, founder of the Evergreen Education Group, a research group on digital learning which announced the public launch of the Collaborative. “No school, state, or provider has all the answers; therefore, we have countless opportunities to learn from one another.”

“It’s an honor to be part of the Digital Learning Collaborative,” said Kenneth Bassett, director of the PWCS Office of Student Learning. “PWCS has a proven track record of success with our virtual high school. The Collaborative is an outstanding way to share best practices and contribute to the dialogue in the exciting field of educational technology.”

Virtual High School @ PWCS serves students in multiple ways, including helping students to improve a grade, recover credit, lighten their course load, graduate early or on time, and meet the state requirement for an online course. Students can study at their own pace, removing some barriers for those students who work, or are sidelined at home for illness or another reason. Online instruction helps schools reduce crowding by enabling students to take courses outside the school day in exchange for early release from or late arrival to school.

PWCS began the Virtual High School @ PWCS in 2001. Twenty-eight full-credit courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer. The course pass rate average is 93 percent and the Standards of Learning pass average is 85 percent, typically equal to or better than “brick and mortar” pass rates.