Utah’s Electronic High School has come up in recent discussions at the Capitol as lawmakers consider a proposal about a statewide online education system, outlined in S.B. 65. Here is some information about Utah’s Electronic High School:
Did you know there are more than 330 classes available 365 days a year on Utah’s Electronic High School? Since 1994, 33,033 students have earned credit at EHS. In the 2009 school year, almost 7,500 students earned EHS credit. Students can take as many credits as they need and have time to do. In the 2009 school year, the program educated the equivalent of a 660-student high school.
Who are these students who enroll in EHS? They are students seeking credit recovery, wanting to improve their qualifications for scholarships, working to graduate early, taking a class unavailable at their local school, looking for courses specifically designed for students with disabilities or learning challenges, pursuing career goals, struggling with health or family problems, seeking flexible schedules, needing classroom choices, supplementing their regular classes, and working toward a GED as an adult.
Electronic High School has students in classes year-round. Students come from public and charter schools, home-schools and adults. Teachers teach all quarters of their classes concurrently and students are at all stages in each class – from just starting to just completing the class (open entry/open exit). Students work at their own pace.
The curriculum is developed by Utah teachers and uses written instruction, Internet resources, and custom media files. Licensed teachers give feedback to student work and custom instruction as needed.
- Contribution to the community
Excepting the assessment items, the EHS-developed curriculum carries a Creative Commons license – making class curriculum freely available for us by other teachers in non-commercial schools. EHS has an iTunes U site where an increasing number of EHS and other state K-12 resources are available for use on mobile devices.