Statewide virtual high schools are typically established by the state legislature and administered by a state-level agency.
Why does it matter?
|Has the state established a statewide virtual high school?|
|Alabama||Yes, the Alabama Online High School, part of Alabama's ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classroom, Educators and Students Statewide)|
|Arizona||Yes, the Arizona Virtual Academy|
|Arkansas||Yes, the Arkansas Virtual High School|
|California||Yes, the University of California College Prep Online. New enrollment were suspended in the 2006-2007 school year; however, a new strategic plan will be put into place in Spring 2008 with new courses and new enrollees. |
|Colorado||Yes, the Colorado Online Learning|
|Connecticut||Opening January 2008, Connecticut Virtual Learning Center is a pilot program. Regulations have not been formalized.|
In February 2008, the state continues to recruit teachers for the Connecticut Virtual Learning Center. They are specifically looking for teachers certified in earth science, health, U.S. history, civics, English, math, Chinese and forensic science. Dozens of high schools in the state have asked to participate in the program. The pilot program is available at no cost to school districts. The primary focus of the program is twofold: 1) Courses for students at risk of falling behind or failing will be offered in algebra, geometry, English, civics and health; and 2) interesting electives that may not be available at many schools. Curriculum has been approved by the State Department of Education's Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction and will be taught by certified teachers.
|District of Columbia||No|
|Florida||Yes, the Florida Virtual School|
|Georgia||Yes, the Georgia Virtual School|
|Hawaii||Yes, Hawaii's Electronic School, E-School|
|Idaho||Yes, the Idaho Digital Learning Academy|
|Illinois||Yes, the Illinois Virtual High School|
|Iowa||Yes, Iowa Learning Online. Iowa has not established a program in statute but appears, in practice, to have a statewide program.|
|Kentucky||Yes, the Kentucky Virtual High School has recently been renamed Kentucky Virtual Schools.|
|Louisiana||Yes, the Louisiana Virtual School|
|Maryland||Yes, the Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities|
|Michigan||Yes, the Michigan Virtual School|
|Mississippi||Yes, the Mississippi Virtual Public School|
|Missouri||Yes, Missouri Virtual Instruction Program|
|New Mexico||Yes, a pilot program beginning in the 2007-2008 school year.|
|North Carolina||Yes, the North Carolina Virtual Public School|
|North Dakota||Yes, the North Dakota Center for Distance Education|
|Oregon||Yes, the Oregon Virtual School District|
|South Carolina||Yes, the South Carolina Virtual School|
|South Dakota||Yes, the South Dakota Virtual High School|
|Texas||Yes, the Texas Virtual School|
|Utah||Yes, the Electronic High School|
|Virginia||Yes, Virtual Virginia and the Virtual Advanced Placement School|
|West Virginia||Yes, the West Virginia Virtual School|
|Wisconsin||No; however, the Wisconsin Virtual School is a statewide supplemental program operated by a legislatively created agency. In July 2008, the state designated the Wisconsin Virtual School as their state-led Wisconsin Web Academy.|
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