I think the academics are on par with any high school, and like any other school, are basically what you make of it. I am not a very dedicated student, I wanted my diploma in the least amount of time and effort so I could move on. I felt that VHS did a great job of challenging me academically to ensure that I met the standards of university-level courses. The best part about it is that you can move forward at your own pace instead of just working harder for nothing - it seems that some schools increase the difficulty as a substitute for pushing students ahead. If you are a particularly gifted student, you should be pushed through high school and on to better things, and VHS is the perfect tool for that.