New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School Announces Fall 2012 Opening
NEWARK, N.J., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School (NJVACS), a new online public school, announced it will open in the Fall of 2012 and serve students from Newark and across the state. The school will connect students and teachers together using technology, innovative curriculum, and online instruction. The school will provide students throughout New Jersey access to a wide range of courses and academic programs without geographic barriers.
NJVACS, a public charter school approved by the New Jersey Department of Education, will initially serve students in grades K-10 in its first year and add the remaining high school grades in succeeding years. The school also plans to offer blended learning programs – online and face-to-face instruction – at learning centers in Newark and other locations. The school is currently accepting applications to enroll.
“Our board believes strongly in providing high quality public school options to students and choices for families,” said Michael Pallante, chair of the NJVACS Board of Directors. “New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School will offer personalized education programs, through online and blended learning opportunities, so children that need this option can succeed.”
NJVACS is governed by an independent, nonprofit school board comprised of a group of community leaders and educators from New Jersey. The board is led by Michael Pallante, an accomplished public school leader in New Jersey. From 1998 to 2010, Mr. Pallante served as the principal of the Robert Treat Academy Charter School, a highly-regarded and successful public charter school in Newark which was recognized in 2008 as a NCLB Blue Ribbon School. Prior to leading Robert Treat Academy, Mr. Pallante served as a teacher, counselor, and principal within the Newark Public Schools for twenty-eight years.
At NJVACS, licensed teachers will provide direct instruction, oversight and support, and regularly interact with students through innovative web-based classes and one-on-one sessions. Students in younger grades will benefit from daily face-to-face support from a learning coach – a parent or legal guardian – to provide guidance as children progress through their individual education plans. Teachers will also lead school activities, field trips, and other academic and school community events.
Students enrolled at NJVACS will participate in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and all state-required high school assessment tests.
NJVACS will use the curriculum and school services provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s largest provider of online learning programs in grades K-12. Over 2,000 schools and school districts across the country use K12′s courses, assessments, and instructional services in online and blended schools, and traditional classrooms. K12′s curriculum and education programs have received numerous honors and awards. Most recently, EdNET Insight named K12 Inc. as a leading provider of online programs to school districts, and the K12 curriculum was named as 2011 top product award winner in District Administration.
“We’re excited to use the K12 curriculum at our new online public school,” said Mr. Pallante. “K12 has been a leader in online and blended learning for a long time and has developed quality and rigorous education programs that will challenge our students to excel.”
More information on the New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School can be found at www.k12.com/njvacs
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