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Online High School Expanding to Meet Arizona’s Growing Demand for Online Education

July 2, 2008

LAKE HAVASU, Ariz., July 2 /PRNewswire/ — Lake Havasu Unified School District is expanding Havasuonline, the online program of its Performing Plus high school, to serve more students statewide. The expansion is being spurred by the growing demand for the program, which has achieved recognition for its academic rigor, highly experienced teachers, and commitment to partnering with parents to help each child succeed.

“We are experiencing growing demand for our online program because of our strong track record of student success,” said Operations Manager Dodie Gildea. “We make sure that each student reaches their potential and leaves high school ready to pursue their dreams.”

Havasuonline is a public, tuition-free online high school open to Arizona students in grades 9 – 12. The school takes a high-tech, high-touch approach to education that begins with a high-quality, state-aligned curriculum, supported by experienced, board-certified teachers, education advisors and counselors. Because all classes are conducted online, Havasuonline offers free laptops to all full-time students who request them for the duration of their active enrollment, along with any required textbooks.

“We maintain the same commitment to each student enrolled in Havasuonline as we do for students in our traditional Performing Plus high school — a commitment to personal attention and academic success,” said Ernie Tripp, Havasuonline Program Coordinator. “While we may be using the newest tools to deliver education, we remain true to our small community roots: we invest the time to get to know each student.”

Havasuonline counselors work with each student to design an individually tailored academic program designed to fit their learning level and post-high school goals. With more than 80 courses available, students and counselors can create a plan that is right for each student, whether college- or career-bound. The award-winning curriculum includes core courses found in a traditional high school setting, including math, science and English, as well as a wide range of electives including six World Languages, more than 20 Advanced Placement courses, and high-tech classes such as digital video production, game design, and Java Scripting.

Havasuonline’s individual attention extends to the classroom, where the school’s dedicated teachers interact with students in a virtual “classroom” and are available for students by email and phone. Havasuonline also has an online “common area” where students can meet and interact real-time.

“Havasuonline has created a complete online learning environment that brings together parents, teachers, academic counselors and student peers as partners to help each student succeed,” said Mari Jo Mulligan, Principal.

Arizona students can enroll tuition-free either full-time or part-time at Havasuonline for the upcoming 2008-09 school year, which begins August 4. Students outside of Arizona may also enroll at Havasuonline on a tuition basis.

Havasuonline will host a series of Open Houses throughout the state where students and parents can meet with teachers and current Havasuonline families to learn more about this education option. For a complete list of Open House dates and locations or more information, please visit http://www.havasuonlineschool.org/.

About Lake Havasu Unified School District #1

Lake Havasu Unified School District No. 1 is a rapidly growing school district with six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Since its inception, the district’s students have consistently outperformed the County, State and Nation in standardized tests of student achievement, and the high school has been recognized as a Performing Plus school. Total student enrollment in 2007-08 was 6,207.

For more information:

Emily Kettner, (414) 390-5500

Lake Havasu Unified School District #1

CONTACT: Emily Kettner, +1-414-390-5500, for Lake Havasu Unified SchoolDistrict #1

Web site: http://www.havasuonlineschool.org/




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