August 11, 2008

Texas Virtual Academy at Southwest Online Public School Program Announces Expansion


Contact: Janelle James of Southwest Schools, +1-713-784-6345, or Mary Gifford of TXVA, +1-571-334-0204, [email protected]

Online public school will serve additional students in more regions across the state

HOUSTON, Aug. 11/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Texas Virtual Academy at Southwest (TXVA), the states largest full-time online public school program, is expanding to serve additional students across a wider geographic area. The program recently received approval from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to enroll up to 1,500 students in regions 1-8, 10-13, and 20. Those regional education service centers cover most of the eastern half of Texas including the states largest cities: Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi.

In 2007-08 academic year, TXVA served 750 students in regions 4 (Houston), 10 (Dallas) and 11 (Fort Worth).

TXVA is a program of Southwest Schools, a public charter school located in Houston, TX. The online public school, which operates under TEAs Electronic Course Program, began operations in 2006. It is open to students in grades 3-8.

Texas Virtual Academy has been a great success and is very popular with families throughout the state, said Janelle James, Southwest Schools Chief Academic and Operating Officer. We are excited that more Texas students are now able to participate in our program.

James added, Our goal at Southwest Schools is to give students access to high quality educational opportunities. TXVA provides an exciting education experience that provides kids with the benefit of personalized learning along with public school structure and accountability. We are grateful for the leadership and guidance of Kate Loughrey from TEAs Department of Distance Learning as weve expanded this program to meet the needs of more children across the state.

The online school program allows students to receive a complete education outside the traditional classroom. Every student receives an individualized learning program using a curriculum with web- based lessons developed by K12, the nations leading provider of curriculum and K-12 online public school programs. Developed by renowned and respected education experts, the K curriculum is a highly effective curriculum that enables mastery of core concepts and skills for students of all abilities. The K12 program combines a cognitive science-based curriculum with individualized learning approaches, delivered by teachers specifically trained to educate in an online environment.

TXVA students access lessons through the innovative K12 Online School and use other K12 education materials (textbooks, workbooks, math and science supplies, and other hands-on projects) that are shipped directly their homes.

All students are assigned to state-certified teachers. The TXVA teachers work in partnership with the students and parents to help meet the students learning needs. Teachers assign lessons, provide instruction, guidance and support and regularly communicate with students and parents via phone, email, Web-based e-classrooms, and face-to-face meetings. Teachers also organize school outings and activities for students and their families. Students work with a learning coach, usually a parent or responsible adult, to help guide them through their lessons.

Students must meet a number of accountability measures including academic progress and attendance requirements, and must also participate in state assessment tests. Because TXVA is a public school program, there is no cost to enroll.

For more on the Texas Virtual Academy at Southwest, including enrollment information and a complete list of school-sponsored events across the state, visit

About Southwest Schools:

Southwest Schools was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing an exemplary education to students and parents through a public school of choice. The school provides many different excellent education programs and offerings, including classes from elementary through high school, online school program, summer programs, homework assistance, and much more. Students who attend Southwest Schools bring a diversity of interests, cultures, talents, and proficiencies. They have found an atmosphere that encourages students to develop lifelong values and skills.

For more information, visit:

About K12 Inc.

K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), a technology-based education company, is the leading national provider of K-12 curriculum and online education programs. K12 provides its curriculum and academic services to online schools, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families.In the 2007-08 academic year, over 40,000 students in 17 states were enrolled in online public schools that use the K12 program. K12 Inc. also operates the K12 International Academy, an accredited, diploma-granting online private school serving students worldwide.

K12s mission is to provide any child the curriculum and tools to maximize success in life, regardless of geographic, financial, or demographic circumstances.

K12 Inc. is accredited through the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). It is the largest national K-12 online school provider to be recognized by CITA. More information can be found at

SOURCE Texas Virtual Academy at Southwest

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