Students in grades 11 and 12 may enroll in VHS courses if they meet the following criteria: maintained a 3.0 as a senior or 3.25 as a junior or better average in the same subject area (Ex: Science courses for AP Environmental Science) and/or have the approval of previous same subject area teachers as well as successful completion of any prerequisite courses. It is anticipated that VHS courses will require at least as much time, organization and preparation as equivalent Hopkins courses. Students must have the ability to work independently and possess solid computer skills. Students not meeting the criteria but wishing to enroll, must submit their request in writing to the principal during the prescribed enrollment period, which will result in a review of current academic performance, test scores and teacher feedback. The principal will then make the final decision. Seniors have preference.
The following guidelines apply:
- Students may only enroll in courses not offered at Hopkins Academy.
- Core course requirements cannot be met through VHS courses.
- Students may select a single semester VHS course only if they agree to take another semester VHS course during the same time block for the second semester (the two semester long courses would equal one full year course for credits and weight).
- All VHS courses will be credited and weighted the same as equivalent courses at Hopkins Academy.
- Students must report to the library during the scheduled period under the supervision of the Librarian/VHS Site Coordinator. The VHS course instructor, not the Site Coordinator, will determine grades, which will be submitted to Hopkins Academy for report cards and transcripts.
- The Administration and guidance Department may recommend VHS courses to accommodate specific, unusual individual student needs (i.e., irresolvable scheduling conflicts or transfer situations).