June 19, 2008

Oregon Virtual Academy Announces Approval From the State Board of Education to Serve Students Statewide


Contact: Cindy Taylor, ORVA Board of Directors, +1-503-690-8490, [email protected]; or Jeff Kwitowski of K12 Inc., +1-703-483- 7281, [email protected]

Oregons newest online public school will open in September

SALEM, Ore.,June 19/PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- The Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) Board of Directors announced today that their school was granted approval by the Oregon State Board of Education to serve up to 600 students across the state in grades K-8 for the first year. ORVA is scheduled to start school in September.

The school will use the curriculum, technology and professional academic services provided by K12 Inc., the leading provider of K- 12 curriculum and online school programs.

ORVA is chartered by the North Bend School District and led by the ORVA Board of Directors, an independent group of Oregon parents and community leaders who will oversee and govern the school.

ORVA Board member, Cindy Taylor, is a mother of two children who resides in Beaverton, OR. She and her children have experience using the K12(R) curriculum and school programs.

On behalf of all of us at the Oregon Virtual Academy, I would like to thank the Oregon State Board of Education for giving our school the opportunity to serve children around the state who need this public school option, said Taylor. Our school will use exceptional curriculum combined with an individualized instructional approach that will benefit many kids who are better suited learning in a virtual school setting. We are extremely grateful and look forward to working with the State Board of Education in the future on behalf of kids.

Karen Helland, Chair of the North Bend School District Board of Directors, said, North Bend School District is excited to partner with the Oregon Virtual Academy, which we believe will be an outstanding program that will help meet the growing demand for high quality online learning options. The advancement of technology is giving educators the opportunity to utilize new instructional methods and tools that equip students with 21st Century knowledge and skills.

ORVA will provide students across the state with the opportunity to receive an excellent public education regardless of their geographic, financial, or demographic circumstances. ORVA students will learn outside the classroom and receive instruction, direction and oversight from state-licensed teachers. Students will also work alongside a learning coach - a parent or responsible adult - who will provide guidance and assistance as the student progresses through the lessons. Students will be required to meet accountability standards, including academic and attendance requirements, and must participate in state assessments in a proctored setting.

ORVA teachers will assign lessons, provide instruction, and regularly interact with students and parents via email, web-based classrooms, online discussions, phone, and face-to-face meetings. They will also organize a variety of school outings for their students and families.

Every student enrolled in ORVA will receive an individualized learning program using the K12 curriculum, which combines innovative web-based lessons with offline education materials (textbooks, workbooks, math and science supplies, hands-on projects, etc.). They will use individual log-in accounts to access their lessons, assessments, and planning and progress tools through the K12 Online School.

K12 is excited about the opportunity to serve the teachers, parents, students, and board members of the Oregon Virtual Academy with our rigorous, high-performing, interactive curriculum that has delivered excellent results in many other states, said Ron Packard, Founder and CEO of K12 Inc. We are devoted to our mission of helping children maximize their potential and succeed by providing individualized education programs that work for every child.

More than 40,000 students in 17 states are enrolled in online public schools that use the K12 program. K12 Inc. is the largest national K-12 online school provider to be accredited by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).

Families interested in ORVA can find more information at www.k12.com/orva.

SOURCE Oregon Virtual Academy

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