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The World Is a Classroom for Virtual High School Students

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By Ruth Steinhardt

Stuck in Denver International Airport after missing a flight, Sarah Depew did something most high school students couldn’t have managed. She used the time to attend English class.

Sarah graduated Saturday from the George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS), a private, accredited virtual high school providing more than 100 college prep and elective courses. A partnership between the George Washington University and online learning service K12, GWUOHS is now beginning its fifth year and has expanded from a 16-student pilot program to a community of more than 150 middle and high school students.

At the ceremony Saturday, 13 graduating seniors from a class of 29 attended with their families, many meeting each other and their teachers for the first time face-to-face. Their classmates could watch from their homes as far away as Costa Rica and India on a livestream of the ceremony, which featured remarks from K12 Vice President of Content and Curriculum David Pelizzari.

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