CSD Eliminates Fees for Courses Taken Via Virtual High School

Like most teenagers anxious to hit the road, sophomore Connor Perkins wants to be able to get his driver’s license as soon as he turns 16 in May. The challenge? Fitting a required Driver’s Education course into his already-packed class schedule at Hillcrest High.

The answer for Connor was the Canyons Virtual High School, Canyons District’s fully accredited high school, which provides an online class for fledgling drivers. The course outlining the rules of the road is just one of more than 60 courses, including mathematics, world languages, and social studies, that are offered through the District’s virtual high school. 

CVHS is an ideal option for high school students who want to get ahead on their credits, play catch-up because of some academic stumbles, or, like Connor, engage in such elective courses as Driver’s Education, says CVHS Technical Supervisor Julie Mayo. If your child learns well in an online format – or even if they don’t – CSD’s virtual high school may be the answer for your family, Mayo says. And it’ll be good for your pocketbook, too.

Starting this July, students no longer will be assessed a fee to take classes through CVHS. The previous charge was $35 per CVHS quarter-credit.  Click here to see the course catalogue.

In addition, this year, students, including eighth-graders, can begin the enrollment process for CVHS summer courses on May 1, with access to the coursework from within a week of enrollment to June 27.

Because the grades for these courses will be posted as part of the 2018-2019 school year, Mayo says, this could help student-athletes who need to improve their grade-point averages to be academically eligible to compete in 2019 fall sports.

A second CVHS summer session, which has never been offered before, opens July 9. This summer, during the renovation of Canyon’s headquarters, the offices for the virtual high school will be located at the old Crescent View Middle, 11150 S. 300 East. Summer testing will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the temporary offices.

Although the recommended time to complete an online course through CVHS is four weeks or less, students now will have until June 2020 to complete the work as long as they make progress on a weekly basis.  

If students are not making progress, counselors and parents will be notified and a decision will be made regarding whether CVHS is a viable option for the student.

All students who are Utah residents may enroll in CVHS.

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