Virtual Learning




In the 21st Century, higher education classes are often taught online and businesses rely on people with great computer skills. To prepare students for this type of learning and provide greater flexibility in their schedules, high school students can take some or all of their classes through distance learning options.

Virtual learning — also called distance, online, Internet-based or web-based learning — basically means students use a computer and the Internet to access classes and interact with teachers and classmates. In today’s world, students are used to getting a lot of their information from the web and interacting with their peers and mentors online. Thus, this type of learning is very natural for most of our older students.

HCS is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited public charter school, which means families who choose virtual learning options still receive quality, personalized learning experiences that meet or exceed California’s educational standards. We provide A-G approved courses that satisfy California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) eligibility requirements for high school students planning to enter the CSU or UC system.

With distance classes, the focus is on learning through modern technology with the goal of producing students who are better prepared to enter the workforce and ready to participate as collaborators, innovators, and communicators.

As with our other learning options, we provide varied, dynamic, and personalized instruction that reflects the diversity of each student. Your child will also receive plenty of interaction with instructors and other students. In addition, virtual learning affords more flexibility, allowing your child to work at his or her own pace and level and at a time and in a place that best fits everyone’s schedule.

We offer a variety of online learning options to enhance student achievement, including:

  • Live online instruction by our highly-qualified teachers
  • Recorded sessions
  • Online tutoring
  • Small group support
  • Focused training and support for special projects
  • Supplemental resources, games, and simulations

Digital services offered through Horizon Charter Schools include synchronous and asynchronous online learning options via the Horizon Virtual Learning Instruction (VLI), Apex Learning, ALEKS, Discovery Streaming, Atomic Learning, BrainPop, and others. We also provide technical support for families.

Although your high school student can do all of their coursework via virtual learning, he or she can combine virtual learning classes with traditional home studyindependent study, or partner elective classes. Virtual learning high school students also have full access to non-virtual counselors, tutors, mentors, and other resources. Visit our Home Study or Independent Study pages for more information.

Supported On-Demand Learning

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