Interested in alternative education and technological innovation AND can get to Bayfield, Ontario on the eastern shores of Lake Huron?
Well, there will be a grand opening ceremony tomorrow, June 1st, 2012 for Virtual High School’s (VHS) new community presence at 27 Main Street North in Bayfield.
Only available online or by telephone up to this point, VHS will now have an administration address. As readers can see in the photo image above, the office building is a restoration of what was once the Martha Ritz hotel.
The ribbon cutting will be tomorrow at 6pm sharp, with tours of the facility until 9pm.
I wrote about Bayfield Ontario’s Virtual High School in 2010 as an example of an alternative high school. Well, it seems a lot has happened in just two years.
Here, for example, is VHS’s main page. It now has 64 high school credit courses, all approved by the Ontario Ministry of Education, an administrative staff of 14 and 60 teachers (all accredited members of the Ontario College of Teachers). Unlike most high schools, however, the teachers are located all over Ontario.
Of course, most important of all, there are some 4,600 active students — a phenomenal number by any standard!
Congratulations to Principal Steve Baker and his team at VHS, not only for being such technological innovators, but for providing an alternative choice to students who are self-directed and/or prefer to learn in a virtual way!
For further information or to contact the school for a later tour of the new facility, the telephone numbers are at this link.