EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- At the end of January, the new semester begins for the online Virtual High School Collaborative (VHS).
VHS is a partnership of schools all over the world, where districts trade services to give participating students access to a wider curriculum. Teachers sign up to lead a class online and in exchange, their district is allowed to enroll 25 students in any course they choose. 4J is currently training six teachers to take part in the project.
District representatives say the program will allow students to be more competitive when applying to colleges. They'll have more access to Advanced Placement curriculum and other courses 4J can't offer.
There is no cost for students to enroll in VHS courses. The up-front cost to train teachers was paid for by a donation from the Eugene Education Foundation. VHS is not a for-profit organization nor a charter school.
VHS courses are open for enrollment now. 4J administrators encourage parents to talk to their students about any interest in picking up an extra class and then to make an appointment with a school counselor.
The course catalog is available to browse on the VHS website