Kentucky Virtual Schools
The Kentucky Virtual Schools (KYVS) is a state virtual school located in the US state of Kentucky. It was formerly known as "Kentucky Virtual High School". It offers a range of online, e-learning services to schools and students.
The virtual school programme was created by the state's governor in January 2000 and serves grades 9-12, although courses are made available to qualified middle school students.
KYVS enrolled 1,615 students in 2009-10, a decrease of about 30% from the previous year.
Courses include Advanced Placement classes, foreign languages and core courses to accelerate learning and to make up credits. Learning is supplemental, self-paced, fully online and available to students statewide.
Run by the state's department of education, it is not a free service - but school districts typically absorb costs for students enrolled elsewhere in a traditional full-time public school. There are also private and homeschooled students. Fees are $165.00 per half-credit course, $330.00 per whole-credit course and $165 for a 9‐week credit recovery course. Diplomas are awarded by traditional Kentucky schools.
The Kentucky Virtual Schools web site is at http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
KYVS encompasses eLearning Kentucky (online professional development), Area Technology Centers, and other state agency partners.
- "A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning", iNACOL, October 2010, http://www.inacol.org/research/docs/national_report.pdf
- Kentucky Virtual Schools web site, http://www.kyvs.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
- "Keeping Pace With Online Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice", Evergreen Education Group, 2010, http://kpk12.com/reports/