New online high school free to Ga. residents

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Provost Academy, a free public online high school, announced in a news release today that it is opening its virtual doors to Georgia students, starting this August.

The academy is backed by global education service provider EdisonLearning.

Provost Academy Georgia expects to begin enrolling students in grades nine through 12 for the school year starting this August. Because spaces are expected to fill quickly, interested families are encouraged to learn more now by calling (866) 517-5582 or by visiting www.ga.provostacademy.com.

As a new state-authorized public online school, Provost Academy Georgia is free of charge to residents of Georgia. Students work toward their regular public high school diploma - recognized by colleges and employers - as they would in a traditional school, but in the convenient, safe environment of their own home through computer-based educational programs.

Provost Academy Georgia offers more than 100 online classes, developed in collaboration with faculty of Stanford University's School of Education; including Advanced Placement and honors courses with a particular emphasis on high demand subjects, such as science, technology, engineering and math.

"Georgia high school students deserve an alternative high-quality educational opportunity that matches the way they learn and live, yet also challenges their true skills," said Sherri Brown Breunig, a long-time Georgia public school educator and chairman of the Provost Academy board. "Provost Academy provides students personalized learning plans adapted to meet their schedule and specific academic needs, and inspires them to achieve the highest levels of success."

Provost Academy Georgia uses a proprietary modular curriculum design so courses can be adapted to fit a student's individual needs, and content can be rearranged and customized for individual learning paths. Further, parents and students can easily monitor learning progress, assignments, and grades at a glance on their own personal home page. For those needing additional help, Provost Academy also offers on-demand tutors that keep students on track.

"Online learning goes beyond the computer and the internet connection to bring students, parents and educators together in a community that is focused to drive academic success," said Jeff Wahl, president and chief executive of EdisonLearning. "Our organization has been a leader in new and innovative approaches to learning, and we welcome the opportunity to provide parents a new choice for their children's educational future at Provost Academy Georgia."

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redapples
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redapples 03/28/11 - 05:05 pm
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I highly recommend all of

I highly recommend all of those tribunal-bound darlings start with the online academy in August and cut to the chase.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 03/28/11 - 06:01 pm
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Id be interested in seeing

Id be interested in seeing the stats on students that are going through this.

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 03/28/11 - 07:12 pm
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Part of the High School

Part of the High School experience is developing social skills. How is this going to help teenagers do this?

Taylor B, I am sure that the educational level will be the same as most schools in the system. This is going to start out the same way that on-line colleges did. Initially there will be a negative stigma regarding students that attend, then, eventually, more and more people will recognize that you get the same level of education, just at your convenience.

tfh
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tfh 03/28/11 - 07:29 pm
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yeah, b/c we see what kind of

yeah, b/c we see what kind of "social skills" kids are learning in schools;)...there are lots of other ways to learn socialization. if you have a family, you learn to socialize, also neighborhood friends, church, sports, work....it's definitely not for every child, but its nice to see that we have different options to choose from in educating our children. Education is not one-size-fits-all...

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Martinez 03/28/11 - 08:48 pm
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Not all kids enjoy the social

Not all kids enjoy the social aspects of high school. While personally attending school can be great for some students, it's less positive for others. I think this is a wonderful alternative. If the standards are high and expectations clear, consistent and enforced, I can definitely see this becoming a popular and successful option.

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lovingthesouth72 03/28/11 - 08:50 pm
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I am with you on that "yeah,

I am with you on that "yeah, b/c we see what kind of "social skills" kids are learning in schools" tfh. Seems schools now a days are teaching the wrong kind of things and setting a negative environment for socializing (Anyone see "Waiting for Superman"? - this will give you a clue of where the public school system is headed) I am pretty sure that in the next 10-15 years this country will be run by men and women that were either home schooled or went to a private school.

My question: if this school is "free", are those families still required to pay for education in their taxes? Because if they are then their money is being used to educate others.

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karynwarren 03/28/11 - 10:17 pm
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Everyone is required to pay

Everyone is required to pay for education through their property taxes. Even those whose children attend private school pay for public school education. The only exemption is for the elderly and they have to apply for that.

georgia.girl59
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georgia.girl59 03/29/11 - 08:30 am
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The State Legislature

The State Legislature allocates funds for the on-line schools which provides teachers, curriculum, books for each child. Area outings are planned each month for both educational and social opportunities. Students have regular testing on-line with their assigned teachers and move to the next level as they are able. With interested parents who serve as learning coaches, it's a great program.

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 03/29/11 - 01:40 pm
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I understand what you mean by

I understand what you mean by that statement, but at the same time, I learned how to deal with adversity through going to public school. It also helped me develop my own standards regarding human behavior. Granted, not everyone learns that.

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Riverman1 03/29/11 - 04:57 pm
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Great innovation. What's

Great innovation. What's going to be interesting is if they score higher than regular high schools. If that happens should we make all schools online only?

tfh
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tfh 03/29/11 - 08:07 pm
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not at all. once again,

not at all. once again, education is not "one-size-fits all"..in a public or private school setting, education is only part of the whole experience. Some kids thrive in that setting. Then again, some don't. You have to look at the individual & make the best decision based on their character, their needs, and what environment they would learn best in. I understand what you mean about learning to deal with adversity, but in my experience, you don't have to have the school experience to do that. Thats a part of everyday life if a child has siblings, friends, involved in sports, etc.. even church youth groups;)....I'm just glad there are options so that the child's best interests can be considered when it comes to education. It's always nice to have that choice...

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PAGAPrincipal 04/06/11 - 01:05 pm
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I am the Executive Director

I am the Executive Director of Provost Academy Georgia, and I am excited to see the interest in your comments. PAGA is a public charter high school. As a public school, we do not charge tuition. Parents are NOT required to serve as learning coaches with PAGA. We employ certificated teachers who provide instruction for students in a virtual environment. We also offer clubs and organizations for students who want to participate in extracurricular activities, including "in person" events for students in geographic cluster areas. Out teachers also organize field trips for students and their families. I will travel around the state to participate in "parent night" events for families as well.

We have online high schools in other states, including Colorado and South Carolina, that have proved quite successful academically for families who choose this option. There is no "typical" Provost Academy student. The curriculum is rigorous and requires a commitment to putting in the time and effort necessary to meet academic standards. Some of our students are in military families. Others are athletes (ice skaters, ballerinas, gymnasts, etc.) who put in long daytime hours training. Others are young actors who work during the daytime. Still others are students who want to move more quickly than their school districts will allow. Some students have experienced difficulties in the brick-and-mortar school environment. There are numerous reasons why an online education option works for different kids and their families.

Please feel free to contact us at info@provostacademy.com to receive answers to individual questions.

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