Minnesota Virtual High School Graduates First Online Class
Minnesota Virtual High School (MVHS) graduated its first class of 43 students last Friday. The school, a partnership between Minnesota Transitions Charter School of Minneapolis and Advanced Academics, was launched in 2007 and serves more than 1,000 students from all over the state.
A free online public high school, the program serves state residents in grades 9 to 12, offering a flexible schedule, a free laptop to new full-time students, as well as a monthly Internet stipend. Students also have the ability to participate in the Passport2College program offered by DeVry University. The program allows eligible juniors and seniors to take up to two college credit classes tuition-free at DeVry.
"We're proud to be part of this pioneering effort through Minnesota Virtual High School and especially proud of these graduating students. The community has been terrifically responsive to this program and we're glad to be able to offer a high-quality and flexible alternative to the traditional high school path," said Jeff Elliott, president of Advanced Academics, in a June 12 release.
In addition to one-on-one access to Minnesota certified teachers, around-the-clock student support, and a full curriculum, students graduating from MVHS earn their high school diploma, issued by a local Minnesota school district.
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