148 страниц. 2012 год. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing This research investigated the perception of social presence that students in a virtual high school have of using computer-mediated communication (CMC): email, discussion board, tutoring sessions, and asynchronous classroom activities. The research analyzed data for social presence based on gender, years of experience in a cyber school, and self-proficiency ratings on each form of CMC. The purpose of this study was to identify if high school students in a virtual community perceive email, discussion board, tutoring sessions and asynchronous classroom activities as enhancing their social presence within the virtual community. Understanding students’ perception of social presence based on the use of CMC will enable cyber schools to use the appropriate form of CMC to help students develop their social skills.