Virtual High School does not enroll students who are entering ninth grade for the first time and that are not ages 16 years of age or older, except with special permissions or circumstances.

Virtual High School houses two programs, Cincinnati Online Success Academy (COSA) program and the Cincinnati Digital Academy (CDA) program.

The programs at Virtual High School offer students the ability to work in a supervised self-guided work environment with the opportunity to recover missing academic credits toward graduation. Along with basic courses, students may also take Advanced Placement (AP) courses or participate in College Credit Plus (CCP) Courses.

Virtual High School students:

  • Desire a high school diploma.
  • Have experienced frustration with traditional schooling.
  • Are behind in credits and grade level relative to age.
  • Have life circumstances requiring nontraditional learning options.
  • Want to earn credits at a faster rate. 

The staff includes one full-time and one part-time teacher in the core subjects (science, social studies, math and English), a reading specialist, two intervention specialists, and a foreign language teacher.

  • Virtual students have access to the Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center (CATC) program.
  • Students attend the school three hours a day, five days a week, for a total of 15 hours per week, plus additional hours as required on their own to complete work.
  • Students attend school either in the morning or the afternoon: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Students follow time lines for finishing courses.
  • Students sign up to complete their high school education with the assistance of a teacher, and a computer in a classroom setting, using educational curriculum software.
  • Each classroom is staffed with a TEAM of two highly qualified teachers. Students will work at their own pace and are expected to be in class while at school.
  • Grades from any previous high school will transfer to Virtual High School and grades from VHS will be reflected on the transcript upon course completion. There are NO mid-term or quarter grades given. Students must complete a course to receive credit.
  • Students are permitted to work for home, BUT must be in class on the VHS campus 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. Courses have a deadline which is established by the teacher.
  • Students are expected to pace themselves to complete the work on time. Working from home does not take the place of classroom attendance.

Note: Lunch is NOT served at Virtual High School. The building is closed from 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Interesting Facts

  • Founded August 2001.
  • Unique among schools that are virtual and computer-based because it offers the advantages of both a traditional school and a virtual school.
  • Partnership with Visions provides child care for students’ children.
  • Spanish classes offered.
  • Works with over 10 community agencies for students at risk.

Summer School

If needed, students will be coached in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and on the internet in order to bring skills up to the level expected to meet school standards. Students will be able to start classes during this time. Students will have an account set up on the Virtual High School server where all school work is saved.

Summer school is offered and setup as a four-week session. Classes are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – Noon. Virtual students are automatically enrolled if they need to attend. Students are not permitted to miss more than three days of summer school.