The online nature of the program also contributes to a global awareness, as the students collaborate with others around the world, according to Duclos.
"It helps to develop tolerance, understanding, perspective – that cross-cultural piece," she said.
Only a few colleges were part of edX when the students started their work, they said. Today, the website boasts collaboration with Georgetown University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Toronto and McGill University in Canada.
Courses listed for the fall, 2013 semester include "Ideas of the 20th Century" and "Age of Globalization" from the University of Texas at Austin, and "Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science" from Harvard.
While there are 13 Andover High students enrolled today, "if the pilot continues to be successful, I envision the number of students at Andover High taking edX courses increasing, and I imagine more of our students being able to get exposure to the online experience moving forward," Birnbach said.