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The Virtual High School at Prince William County Schools (VHS@PWCS) is a program designed to expand the access of challenging curricula through the delivery of high quality online courses.  

The VHS offers courses for full credit in three sessions per year: fall, spring and summer. Students attend Orientation and then work from any location with Internet access to complete their assignments and take their assessments online. Students must take a mid-semester benchmark exam, SOL (if applicable), and final exams face-to-face with their instructor.  

The VHS uses highly-qualified PWCS teachers and requires in-person orientation and exams.  Video assignments and exams are also included in the course and students are required to have the following: 
Reliable Internet access, a laptop or desktop computer, mic/speakers or headset, and browser-enabled webcam.

Virtual High School courses are not self-paced, self-directed courses. They are based on a published schedule and require consistent interaction with the instructor and peers.  Students can work ahead as long as they are meeting the set deadlines and must meet together at a pre-established date and time for high-stakes exams such as benchmark, final, and SOL. 

Online learning courses tend to be very work intensive, and since there are no bells or hall monitors to begin and end classes, students involved in online courses must have a strong desire to learn and achieve. Most students who have taken a course from the VHS @ PWCS have commented that online courses are excellent but require at least as much time as a traditional classroom course, if not more.   

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