Virtual High School

VHS Learning at Portage Area Jr/SR High School

Portage Area has partnered with VHS Learning, a nonprofit that provides world-class online programs to students and schools everywhere, since 2010.

How does it work?

  • Each class is led by a teacher and consists of students from around the world giving students the opportunity to work with a diverse group of peers.  
  • Classes average 21 students to maximize student-to-student and teacher-to-student interaction.   
  • Classes are paced and have weekly due dates for assignments, group work and discussion posts.   
  • Students can access their course work anywhere they have internet access and are not required to log in at a certain time each day.   
  • Classes include group projects, interactive lessons, and group discussions and give every student a chance to participate and be heard in class.   
  • Portage Area will grant credit to students who successfully complete VHS Learning classes.

To learn more about a week in the life of a VHS Learning student, click here:

If you would like to register for a VHS Learning class, please contact Ms. Mary Ann George, guidance counselor, to review requirements and receive a VHS learning application to get started.

To qualify, a student must:

  • Be a junior, senior or a member of our gifted program in grades 7-12.  
  • Have a minimum of a 90% G.P.A.   
  • Passed all three Keystone exams with a “proficient” score or better.   
  • Completed all independent reading requirements from the previous school year.


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About VHS Learning

VHS Learning was the first in the nation to provide online classes for high school students and connect them to teachers and other students around the world. VHS Learning offers schools the ability to expand their catalogs and offer classes for which there may be limited demand since the school does not need to fill the classes.