Online high schools in Vermont
The 2009-2012 Vermont Educational Technology Plan calls for the creation of flexible school environments, with the goal of 24/7 student access to learning resources. Other priorities include the seamless integration of technology into all areas of the curriculum, along with 21st century learning that embraces technology, opening new doors to accessibility. The state has already built the Learning Network of Vermont to provide high schools with broadband access.
The Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative, created in June 2010, provides selected online classes to supplement traditional studies. Tuition is free for students enrolled at schools partnering with the Cooperative. The 2011-2012 course list includes foreign languages and Advanced Placement subjects as well as intriguing topics such as Creating a 3D Digital History.
As of March 2010, Vermont did not host charter schools or state-provided virtual programs for full-time students. Parents and students seeking an alternative to campus education may want to explore several private online high schools in Vermont that provide comprehensive, full-time academics leading to diplomas.
Vermont educational achievement
The 2010 U.S. Census shows a higher level of education in the state than in the country as a whole. More than 90 percent of Vermont residents over the age of 25 are high school graduates, compared with the national average of about 85 percent, and nearly 33 percent hold a bachelor's degree or higher, versus the U.S. rate of 27.5 percent. The College Board reports that 2010 mean SAT scores for Vermont college-bound high school students were above the 50th percentile in critical reading, mathematics and writing. Of these Vermont SAT takers, 64 percent planned to pursue a bachelor's degree or higher.
Through private Vermont online high schools and public online K-12 schools planned for the future, parents and students gain the choice between campus or distance based studies.