New Hampshire's online high school gains momentum

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EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Six years after it launched, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School has more than 12,000 high school students taking at least one class via the online program.

New Hampshire Public Radio ( ) reported this week that the free program appeals to several kinds of students: Those who are making up classes they failed in a classroom setting so they can graduate with their peers; students looking to graduate early or earn college credits while still in high school; and full-time online learners who thrive in that environment.

Shelby Moore falls into the last category. At first she was home-schooled then she took a few classes online. Then she became one of about 160 full-time VLACS students and was in one of the school's first graduating classes.

"I actually went to college with 21 credits, so I was able to experience what the college workload was like from home," she told the radio station.

The school has grown quickly since it first launched in the Exeter School District in 2008. It's been expanding at a rate of about 25 percent a year over the past five years.

It offers more than 100 classes taught by more than 160 teachers, all of whom are either certified or earning certification.

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