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She Founded One of the First K-12 Black Woman Owned Virtual Schools

She Founded One of the First K-12 Black Woman Owned Virtual Schools

If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready!

Meet Dana Delane-Williams, the founder of American High School, one of the first Black woman-owned K-12 virtual schools in the world, Black Enterprise reports.

In 2002, after working as an instructor at the University of Kentucky for several years, Delane-Williams created American High School (AHS) to provide innovative pathways to education. She started first with an offering of 24 credits to high school students grades 9-12, the minimum amount needed to graduate. Since then, she has expanded her school to include more than 350 online courses. AHS offers an online elementary school for grades K-5, an accredited middle school for grades 6-8, an adult high school program, an NCAA option for student-athletes, virtual reality classes, and a dual diploma program for international students.



After 18 years of revolutionizing the educational landscape, the world is finally starting to catch up with Delane-Williams, with many states shifting to virtual learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. For many parents wishing to forego the current stressors of distance learning, an already efficient homeschooling curriculum may be the more viable option.

AHS offers college prep, Honors/AP, talented/gifted, adult education, and career-based online curriculum that are all accredited at an affordable price. The company also offers public and private schools or organizations to plug in directly to their curriculum and roll out virtual school programs in as little as 7-14 days. AHS has already partnered with more than 150 public and private schools throughout the U.S. and in more than 27 countries across the globe.


For more information on AHS, visit or contact an Enrollment Specialist at 866-936-9654.

Keep educating the masses, Dana!

Photo Courtesy of @americanhighschool/Instagram