Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.


  • Provide students with access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.
  • Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create, and conceptualize in all learning settings.

This year is the second year that Bellows Free Academy Fairfax has partnered with the Virtual High School Collaborative (VHS). Students can access a wide variety of courses that are not currently available at BFA. From Mandarin Chinese to International Business, from Screenwriting Fundamentals to Pre-Veterinary Medicine, unique subjects that defy traditional categories, AP® and Honors courses, elective and core courses – they are all available in the world of VHS.

A teacher – specially trained in online education – posts lessons, guides discussions, provides feedback, aids understanding, asks and answers questions, and assesses the work submitted. Students are assigned a regular block period each day to complete VHS coursework and they can continue to study wherever and whenever they have access to a computer.

Our students are are excited to be part of this world of global collaboration and enjoy rich opportunities to interact with other students beyond their own classroom. Hundreds of schools are VHS members. Using the latest web tools, students and their classmates debate, share, comment, and collaborate on projects.

“I like VHS. It’s not as stressful because you can work at your own pace as long as you get everything done.”  DT – BFA Grade 11 Student

The VHS Collaborative is a non-profit organization that has literally changed the face of online and blended learning in high schools and middle schools across the country and around the world. Since 1996, courses that students thought they couldn’t receive, and administrators thought they couldn’t afford, have been delivered via the web by The VHS Collaborative.  This has not replaced traditional classroom teaching but supplemented it with high quality education available to all, regardless of location, and within the most stringent budgets.

“I really like VHS. I feel more relaxed in this type of classroom. I like that the week starts on Wednesday because it feels like you can get more accomplished. And I really like having classmates from all over the world.”         SP – BFA Grade 12 Student

What is VHS? It is global. It is authentic. It is the power of 21st century learning. It is a world of synchronous online courses, where students engage in challenging new subjects and teachers learn new skills. A world where technology enriches the classroom experience. Where schools share resources. And where possibilities are not limited by where you live or go to school. 

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