VLACS Update

Dear Students and Guardians,

In 2019 we received approximately 2,000 enrollment requests from mid-July to mid-August. This year, we’ve processed almost 15,000 enrollment requests during the same period. Given the unpredictable nature of this pandemic, we are dealing with two major enrollment problems.

  1. It’s difficult to forecast how many of the 15,000 enrollment requests will become enabled students during the next six weeks, which could have a significant effect on our staffing and budget.
  2. To meet the demands of this enrollment surge, in addition to the sixty instructors that we’ve hired since July 1, we are hiring and training new instructors and support staff. For these reasons, we are closing enrollment for all waitlisted courses. When our capacity increases to eliminate the waitlist in a particular course, it will be re-opened.

What is open and what is closed?

  • Elementary:  All courses are closed.
  • Middle School:  Some middle school courses are open.
  • High School:  Most high school courses are open.
  • Adult Education: All courses are open.

Please see our learning catalog for the most up-to-date information.




Q: What does “closed” mean.
A: Students will not be able to enroll in courses designated as closed. When our capacity increases and waitlists are eliminated for a particular course, it will be reopened.


Q: How long will course registrations be closed?
A: It’s hard to forecast. Some course waitlists may be quickly eliminated, and the courses reopened while others may take weeks to resolve, especially at the elementary level. When our capacity increases and waitlists are eliminated for a particular course, it will be reopened.


Q: If a student is currently on a waitlist, will they be activated at some point?
A: Yes. We’re working on a way to provide approximate activation dates to students.


Q: Are you still accepting applications to become a full-time student at VLACS?
A: Yes, at the middle and high school levels.


Q: What if a course enrollment is not available on the opening day at my local school?
A: Please contact your local school for an answer to this question. One option is that students can focus on other courses they are enrolled in while waiting for seats to open.


Q: Are you hiring new instructors to expand your capacity?
A: Yes, we have hired 60 new instructors since July 1, and we are now advertising for another group of elementary, middle, and high school instructors.


Q: Is there a limit to the number of courses that a student who is full-time at another school or homeschooled can complete at VLACS?
A: Yes, part-time VLACS students (i.e., students not enrolled as VLACS full-time students) may earn up to six credits between July 1 and June 30.


Q: Does VLACS follow a traditional academic year calendar?
A: No, students may enroll in a course at any time, work throughout the year, and progress at a pace that meets their academic needs.


Q: Can students withdraw from a VLACS course?
A: Yes, at any time.


About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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