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iQ Academy Arizona Launches Online Middle School

May 22, 2008

PHOENIX, May 22 /PRNewswire/ — The success of iQ Academy Arizona’s online high school has prompted an expansion of the curriculum to include a complete middle school program for students in grades six through eight. The new curriculum covers core courses such as English and math, as well as a wide variety of electives such as physical education, health, art, music, career explorations and a wide-range of world language courses for everything from Spanish to Chinese.

“The curriculum is focused on providing Arizona students a personalized education, including small group instruction and one-on-one feedback from certified teachers,” said Cindy Cook, operations manager of iQ Academy Arizona. “We have seen how our high school students excel with the individualized curriculum and attention and we want to expand that opportunity to more students at different grade levels.”

iQ Academy Arizona is a nationally recognized online school offering a high-quality, tuition-free education option for students in grades 6-12. Students benefit from virtual homerooms called “Pods” where they regularly meet with certified teachers and peers to ask questions and share ideas. iQ Arizona teachers give individualized attention to students and moderate dynamic student discussions online. Once enrolled, students receive textbooks as required for their courses and if a student does not have a computer, one is provided for the student to use while they are in the program. As in traditional public schools, these learning tools are provided to students at no cost for as long as they are enrolled in iQ Academy Arizona.

iQ Academy Arizona is currently enrolling students for the 2008-09 school year in both the middle school and high school programs. “Our extensive and unique curriculum provides students access to a complete set of standards-based, media-rich courses and offers opportunities that they may not have in a traditional school setting,” said Cook.

iQ Academy Arizona will host a series of open houses throughout the state, where teachers, current students and their parents will be available for prospective students and parents to ask questions about this unique education option. Those interested will be able to see a demonstration of how the school operates and what a virtual classroom looks like. A complete list of open house dates and locations is attached. For more information about iQ Academy Arizona, please visit http://www.iqacademyaz.com/ or call 1-866-602-4729.

ABOUT IQ ACADEMY

iQ Academy Arizona, a program of Pinnacle Education, offers an alternative to traditional classroom-based learning: a tuition-free online school serving grades 6-12 that meets the needs of students and families while setting the highest standards of academic quality. iQ Academy is the only online school with over 30 years of distance learning experience. Certified teachers provide small-group instruction and individualized feedback, and students benefit from frequent interaction with teachers and peers. The program serves high school-, college- and career-bound students, and graduates earn a high school diploma accepted at colleges and technical schools throughout the U.S.

ABOUT KC DISTANCE LEARNING, INC.

KC Distance Learning is the leading provider of online learning programs for middle and high school students including core, honors, world language, AP and credit recovery courses. For over 30 years, KC Distance Learning has enriched the lives of over 200,000 students through high quality online and correspondence education programs. KCDL partners with public school districts to operate iQ Academies, offering a public, state-wide tuition-free online education for middle and high school students who want an alternative to a traditional school. For more information, please visit http://www.kcdistancelearning.com/.

ABOUT PINNACLE EDUCATION

Pinnacle Education has been helping Arizona students succeed for more than a decade through its physical high schools located throughout the state. As one of Arizona’s original charter schools and the first charter program in the United States to be accredited by the North Central Association (NCA), Pinnacle continues to be on the cutting edge of academic quality. Pinnacle’s commitment to distance education has led to accreditation by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). For more information, please visit http://www.pinnacleeducation.com/.

For More Information:

Marie Maas, (414) 390-5500

iQ Academy Arizona

CONTACT: Marie Maas, +1-414-390-5500, for iQ Academy Arizona

Web site: http://www.iqacademyaz.com/




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