The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced the release of their 2012 Advanced Placement (AP) exam pass rates. For the 7th consecutive year, the organization’s scores outpaced the national average of 59% as reported by the College Board. On average, 71% of students taking a VHS AP course earned a passing score of 3 or higher on their AP exam, an eight percent increase over their 2011 score. In addition, more than 50% scored a 4 or 5. 

VHS’ AP offering is the largest of any online course provider with 21 unique CollegeBoard-approved courses. Students who take one or more of VHS’AP courses are required to take the AP exam and report their grade. As such, 80% of students participating in a VHS AP course took the exam for the subject they studied. Like all VHS courses, active classroom teachers from VHS member schools who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, are highly qualified, and certified in their subject areas, teach all of VHS’ AP courses. 

As a nonprofit collaborative of schools, VHS’ mission is to provide students with access to high quality online learning experiences and courses, while supporting educators with the professional development and services they need to provide an effective 21st century education to every student. VHS member schools have access to a range of core, elective, enrichment and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen student learning.  VHS’s cohort-based courses enable students to develop digital literacies and independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, try interesting electives, earn credits, participate in global classrooms and  take advanced courses not offered at their school. 

“Helping schools to prepare students for college is central to our mission, which is why offering an extensive AP program and ensuring students succeed in those courses, is a top priority for us,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, CEO of VHS. “We are continually working towards helping our students do better, and we are pleased to see our work over the last year reflect in student pass rates.” 

For more information about VHS’s AP courses visit the course catalog at

About The VHS Collaborative (VHS)

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Maynard, MA, The VHS Collaborative (formerly Virtual High School Global Consortium) is the pioneer of K-12 online learning, having first brought online learning into secondary education. Since then, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS provides co-synchronous courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development in 21st century teaching best practices for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, private course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives. 

VHS’ design and delivery standard was the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning.  The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit

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