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On-line learning brings specialty classes to area Catholic high schools


Cathedral High School students participating in the Virtual High School program are pictured with school principal Robert McGurrin and technology coordinator Richard Smyth. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo

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SOUTH END -- Students at 19 Catholic high schools in the Boston area began on-line courses offered through the Maynard based Virtual High School Collaborative (VHS) as students returned to school the first week of September.

VHS provides students with the ability to take courses that their local school would not otherwise be able to offer, because of limited interest, budget restrictions, or not having a teacher for a given course.

Among the schools utilizing the program is Cathedral High School in Boston's South End.

Seven students using the services at Cathedral High are enrolled in Spanish IV, French IV and Advanced Placement Literature classes -- all courses the school could not otherwise offer.

"These students, not only are they beginning a new school year, they are beginning a new experience with the Virtual High School," principal at Cathedral High Robert McGurrin said.

He said the addition of these courses fits directly in with the core mission of the school in educating students.

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