Virtual High Schools: Has the State Established a Statewide Virtual High School?
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Virtual High Schools: Has the State Established a Statewide Virtual High School?

Statewide virtual high schools are typically established by the state legislature and administered by a state-level agency.

Why does it matter?


Highlights: Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Sources for all data points are available through this link.

Last updated: December 3, 2007

Research conducted by Melodye Bush and Michael Colasanti. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.


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)
Alaska No
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.
Delaware No
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
Indiana No
Iowa Yes, Iowa Learning Online.  Iowa has not established a program in statute but appears, in practice, to have a statewide program.
Kansas No
Kentucky Yes, the Kentucky Virtual High School has recently been renamed Kentucky Virtual Schools.
Louisiana Yes, the Louisiana Virtual School
Maine No
Maryland Yes, the Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities
Massachusetts No
Michigan Yes, the Michigan Virtual School
Minnesota No
Mississippi Yes, the Mississippi Virtual Public School
Missouri Yes, Missouri Virtual Instruction Program
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico Yes, a pilot program beginning in the 2007-2008 school year.
New York No
North Carolina Yes, the North Carolina Virtual Public School
North Dakota Yes, the North Dakota Center for Distance Education
Ohio No
Oklahoma No
Oregon Yes, the Oregon Virtual School District
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island No
South Carolina Yes, the South Carolina Virtual School
South Dakota Yes, the South Dakota Virtual High School
Tennessee No
Texas Yes, the Texas Virtual School
Utah Yes, the Electronic High School
Vermont No
Virginia Yes, Virtual Virginia and the Virtual Advanced Placement School
Washington No
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.
Wyoming No
American Samoa No 
Guam No
Puerto Rico No
Virgin Islands No


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