UPDATE: Silicon Valley Flex Academy closes due to financial hardship

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Hundreds of families were caught by surprise July 26 when they received email notification that Morgan Hill-based Silicon Valley Flex Academy was closing its doors less than three weeks before the start of the new school year.

Those parents—a majority whose children have special needs—are now scrambling to find new schools for their children.

“It was like being sucker-punched,” said single father Chris McKie, whose 13-year-old son who suffers from dyslexia was expecting to start the eighth grade at Flex as a first-year student. “It just knocked the wind out of our sails.”

But the school has a history of financial unsteadiness going back several months. County education officials have questioned Flex’s operational viability after discovering the academy had been submitting late and inconsistent financial statements and was regularly delinquent in its payment of county oversight fees and CALSTRS retirement payments.

McKie, however, met with the Flex principal and special education staff earlier in the summer before deciding on enrolling his son there and “it seemed to be a perfect match,” he said.

Flex, a free public charter school authorized through the Santa Clara County Office of Education beginning in 2011, was granted a five-year renewal from the county board back in November 2015. The 6th through 12th grade secondary school, located at 610 Jarvis Drive, boasted a blended learning model by combining an online K12, Inc. curriculum with offline lessons and small-sized breakout sessions.

However, in the July 27 email authored by Flex Board President Mark Kushner, parents were notified that the school was closing. Kushner blamed the school’s service provider K12 for terminating its service contract with Flex on July 1.

“While the Board disagrees with K12’s grounds to terminate the service contract, it cannot operate the school without K12’s financial support, and does not have alternative funding for the school,” Kushner wrote. “Silicon Valley Flex has served its students and families well for the past five years, and our sincere hope was to find a way to ensure it could continue to do so. Sadly, in the past week it became clear that we are simply out of options and can wait no longer.”

For the past five years, K12 provided all of its products and services, including on-site staff to Flex, at no fee for each upcoming year, according to Mike Kraft, Vice President of Communications for K12.

“However, even with this, the school’s budget could not support the school’s operations. In the past, although not contractually obligated to do so, K12 had advanced the school additional funding to cover this structural deficit,” Kraft explained. “The company was not, however, able to do so going forward and made the board aware of this in the Fall of 2015.”

Flex is the only K12 school in California that is closing, Kraft said.

Parents surprised

Kushner’s message came as a complete shock to parent Mary Joy, whose 12-year-old son with Asperger’s syndrome was planning to enter his second year at Flex as a seventh grader.

“I’m definitely frustrated because apparently they’ve known since the first of July. I understand they were trying to pull out all the stops in trying to figure out a way to stay open,” Joy said. “But it definitely would have been useful to get this information to families at that time.”

Joy explained that Flex was “a really good fit” for her son with flexible scheduling and small class sizes. Now, with the 2016-17 school year only weeks away, there are “very limited options” in Morgan Hill for her son and it would be difficult to home-school since she and her husband both work.

McKie said he’s already been in contact with staff at Morgan Hill Unified School District and is considering Britton Middle School for his son, but is still looking for other options.

“Two and half weeks before the start of school is a huge surprise. I can’t even guess what all the other families who are affected are going through,” McKie said. “It must be a mad scramble.”

In March, the Times published a story about the county’s concerns over Flex’s operations and the possibility of revoking its charter if they were not fixed. County staff claimed “significant” discrepancies with Flex’s finances and enrollment numbers. However, then head of school Caroline Wood brushed off any concerns as minor, claimed to have “a great working relationship” with county staff and even slammed the Times report in a rebuttal letter to the editor.

“Ultimately, I don’t think this is going to slow the school down,” said Wood in March. She claimed then that Flex had 314 students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year with even more expected to commit prior to the start of school.

County board member Claudia Rossi, of Morgan Hill, originally voted in favor of the five-year renewal back in November that passed by a 5-2 margin, but became increasingly wary of Flex since then.

“It’s not unexpected. We are not surprised,” said Rossi when contacted Wednesday morning. “At the time, our board did everything it could to be as supportive as possible. They fell under their own weight.”

Rossi said county staff was constantly dealing with issue after issue regarding Flex but it is their role as authorizers to be supportive and work with them to remedy any shortcomings. In the November renewal hearing, Rossi said Flex officials told the county board that enrollment was up, staffing was fine, funding was not a problem and they were being creative to make the school viable.

“The parent community was asking us to give them a chance to succeed,” said Rossi, who added that MHUSD was made aware of Flex’s situation and has been in contact with local families.

Kushner explained in his email on behalf of the entire Flex board that “this late notice is very unfortunate,” but they did not want to put families in an even worse situation by closing mid-year.

“Our first and highest priority is always the wellbeing of the students,” said County Superintendent Jon Gundry, who has been in contact with MHUSD Superintendent Steve Betando “to ensure students and families will have options and opportunities following this decision by the Silicon Valley Flex Academy board.”

K12, the school’s service provider that pulled the funding, has been under fire by state officials, recently agreeing to a multi-million dollar settlement in a case brought by the California Attorney General’s Office. A story on the settlement and the AG’s accusations can be viewed at morganhilltimes.com.

Scott Forstner is a general assignment reporter who covers education and other community issues for the Morgan Hill Times. Reach him at (408) 963-0122 or via email at sforstner@morganhilltimes.com

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Oregon Online School Honors Graduates at In-Person Ceremony

77 Online High School Students to turn their tassels at June 4 event

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SALEM, Ore., June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA), a tuition-free, online public school serving students in grades K-12 will host an in-person graduation ceremony for its class of 2016 graduating seniors.

ORVA provides a flexible learning environment for students, allowing them to complete their school work on a schedule that works best for them. While working with the award-winning K12 curriculum, Oregon state-certified teachers provide assistance helping students fill in skill gaps and move toward high school graduation.

Graduation provides an opportunity for students who have completed their academics online and developed friendships virtually to meet in-person to celebrate. Previous years graduates have gone on to attend prestigious colleges and universities such as Oregon State University, Liberty University, Santa Monica College and University of Oregon.

The commencement speaker addressing the graduates is Eric Knox, an All-Pac 10 basketball player at Oregon State University and Portland resident. Knox is a pastor at Imago Dei church and coaches basketball at Benson High School. He is also the founder of Holla Foundation, a youth focused organization dedicated to changing the narrative of vulnerable children and families through culturally responsive mentorship.

Additionally, ORVA valedictorian Sarra Hawash will address her fellow graduates. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to participate in graduation because I have had such a great experience with ORVA," said Hawash. In the fall, Hawash will attend Oregon State University’s Honors College where she will major in bio-health towards a pre-med degree. She then hopes to attend Oregon Health and Science University and one day become a pediatrician.

"Graduation is a special time for teachers and staff at ORVA," said Brandy Osborn, Head of School for ORVA. "It is an opportunity to celebrate our student’s success and wish them well on their next academic journey. We are so proud of all our graduates."

Media is invited to attend the celebration and event details are provided below.

Oregon Virtual Academy Graduation Ceremony

Smith Auditorium at Willamette University

900 State Street

Salem, OR 97301

June 4, 2:00 P.M.

About Oregon Virtual Academy

Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) is an online public charter school authorized by the North Bend School District and open to students in grades K through 12. As part of the Oregon public school system, ORVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about ORVA, visit www.k12.com/orva.  

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Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy to Graduate Class of 2016

— Statewide K-12 online school’s third graduating class is largest to date —

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MANISTEE, Mich., June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA), a tuition-free, online public charter school, will recognize its largest graduating class to date at a ceremony on June 4 in Okemos, Michigan. MGLVA continues to grow since opening in 2013, with 87 graduates this year, including 21 students who graduated early in January 2016.

“Watching our group of successful graduates get larger with every school year is inspiring,” said Kendall Schroeder, Head of School at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy. “The Class of 2016 has shown us what’s possible when learning is more individualized. We offer an education model that allows our teachers and staff to work more closely with each student to help them achieve academic and personal growth.”

Twelve students are graduating with honors this year. Christine Valencia is the Valedictorian, and Avalon McKinney is the Salutatorian.

Members of the Class of 2016 plan to attend institutions of higher education and career training programs, including Oral Roberts University, University of Michigan, Oakland University and Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology.

MGLVA is an alternative education option that includes online instruction, hands-on curriculum and the support of Michigan-licensed teachers. MGLVA accepts students in grades K through 12 who reside anywhere in the state. MGLVA families benefit from the flexibility that comes with online access to an engaging, rigorous curriculum designed to give each student an individualized learning experience. Students are not forced to move at the same pace that a traditional classroom moves. MGLVA students can move more quickly through their lessons or take more time, depending on how swiftly they master certain skills and concepts.

High school students enjoy a course catalog of more than 150 core, elective and Advanced Placements (AP) courses. Math, English, science and history courses are offered in multiple versions to meet the needs of diverse learners. Up to four levels of World Languages are offered as well. Students graduate with a high school diploma that meets all state requirements.

MGLVA hosts a series of online information sessions as a way to help parents learn about the program. Find more details about the school at its website here: http://mglva.k12.com.

About Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy 

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA) is a full-time, online public charter school authorized by Manistee Area Public Schools, serving students in grades K through 12. MGLVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about MGLVA, visit http://mglva.k12.com.

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Idaho Technical Career Academy Relaunches to Help Meet State’s Job Growth Surge

Idaho’s only CTE-focused online public school provides technical and specialty trade job skills for high school students

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BOISE, Idaho, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Board members of the Idaho Career and College Readiness Academy, along with partner K12 Inc., (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school, today announced that they are changing the name of their online technical high school for students in Idaho. The school will now be known as Idaho Technical Career Academy (ITCA).

Idaho Technical Career Academy is an important education option for Idaho students, especially following recent reports from both the Department of Labor and federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that identify the state of Idaho as the state experiencing the fastest job growth in the past year. Employment in Idaho has increased 3.6 percent between March 2015 and March 2016.

The surge of job opportunities in Idaho will need to be met. ITCA is an online public charter school that provides opportunities for students to obtain technical and specialty trade skills by offering four years of occupational training in an industry pathway of their choice. Courses are delivered online and students earn can earn industry-recognized certifications and college credits to give them a post-graduation edge.  

The Idaho Technical Career Academy (ITCA) provides four programs option for students in key industries of growth in the state: Business Administration, Automated Manufacturing, Web Design, and Health Science. The intent of the school is to develop a sequence of instruction that teaches students occupational skills while ultimately providing a pathway to job opportunities or to a technical college program upon graduation. 

“We want our students to graduate from ITCA with the skill set necessary to earn one of the many new jobs in our state, so we really prepare the whole package” said Monti Pittman, Head of School for Idaho Technical Academy. “It’s academics and training, but also the skills used in every career, like resume writing and interviewing techniques.”

“With the growing demand for skilled laborers, we are thrilled by the career and technical focus of ITCA,” said Kerry Wysocki, ITCA Board Chairman and general manager of Northwest Machining and Manufacturing, Inc. “We have such a need for qualified technical workers that we know these students will have a bright future ahead of them.”

ITCA’s digital learning expands the reach and opportunities for students – the online school will equip students with vital technical skills that will prepare them to succeed in the workplace regardless of where they reside in Idaho. Additionally, the online school provides a flexible learning environment that enables students the opportunity to partner with professionals and companies to apply the skills they are learning in a specific industry.

In addition to the industry-focused curriculum, ITCA offers students state-of-the-art academic coursework and content using K12’s nationally-acclaimed, award-winning curriculum and learning programs. K12’s personalized academic programs are designed to work for all types of students, from advanced learners to students with special needs. Certified teachers will provide instruction, guidance and support, and will interact regularly with students using innovative technology and web-based classrooms. 

To help families learn more about the program, ITCA will host information sessions and community events around the state, as well as several online information sessions. For details, visit the school website: http://itca.k12.com/

About Idaho Technical Academy
Idaho Technical Academy (ITCA) is a full-time online public school program that serves students in grades 9 through 12 statewide. As part of the Idaho public school system, ITCA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE:  LRN), the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about ITCA, visit http://itca.k12.com/.    

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Open Enrollment Ends Friday for Families Interested in Wisconsin Online Schools

— Wisconsin public school open enrollment for 2016-2017 school year ends April 29 at 4 PM CST —

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MCFARLAND, Wis., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA) and Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, each a tuition-free online public charter school, reminds families with students in grades K-12 who are considering online school for the upcoming academic year to submit an application during the state’s Open Enrollment period which ends at 4 PM CST on Friday, April 29, 2016. Submitting an Open Enrollment Application does not commit families to enroll in either school for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, but does provide them with the option to do so at a later date.   

"We focus on helping students find the learning style that works best for them," said Nicholaus Sutherland, Head of School at Wisconsin Virtual Academy and Destinations Career Academy. "We invite families to reach out for more information about each online school, whether they are struggling to make traditional school fit with their student’s educational needs or family’s lifestyle or looking to explore career options with career technical education (CTE) course offerings."

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WIVA is an academic option for K-12 students statewide who seek alternatives to a traditional brick-and-mortar education. WIVA offers a mastery-based program for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th, in order to strengthen students’ understanding of the material. The WIVA middle and high school programs offer more than 150 courses with multiple academic levels. High school courses include core, comprehensive, Honors, and Advanced Placement – all designed to let students enjoy a program tailored to their goals and abilities.

Destinations Career Academy is open to students in grades 9-12. The school utilizes online career and college readiness curriculum designed to prepare students to enter the workforce or pursue other post-secondary options. Students can access multiple versions of core online high school courses and CTE courses in one of four Career Clusters:  Architecture and Construction; Business Management and Administration, Health Science, or Information Technology.  These Clusters are designed to give students a head start on their career goals by earning technical and specialty trade credentials, college career credits and workplace experiences. The school serves full-time students in addition to offering individual courses to students in schools that do not have access to CTE programs through Part Time Open Enrollment Course Options.

To help families learn more about each program before the state’s Open Enrollment deadline, the schools will each host an online information session this week. Destinations Career Academy will host an online information session at 7 PM CST on Thursday, April 28. WIVA will host an online information session at 10 AM CST on Friday, April 29.

About Wisconsin Virtual Academy
Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), a charter school authorized by the McFarland School District, is the largest full-time online public school serving students in grades K through 12 in the state. As part of the Wisconsin public school system, WIVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc., the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about WIVA, visit http://wiva.k12.com/.

About Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin
Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, a charter school authorized by the McFarland School District, is the first-ever career and technical education-focused online high school in Wisconsin using the curriculum and academic programs by K12 Inc. It is also the first career readiness program to offer a Construction apprenticeship program in partnership with industry leaders. As part of the Wisconsin public school system, Destinations Career Academy is tuition-free and serves students statewide in grades 9-12. For more information about Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, visit http://www.widca.k12.com/.

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2016-17 School Year Enrollment Now Open for Oregon Virtual Academy

School Offers Unique “Blended Learning” Setting, Providing Both Online and In-Person Instruction

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NORTH BEND, Ore., March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Enrollment in the full-time, tuition-free, online public school, Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA), is now open for the 2016-17 school year. ORVA serves students in grades K-12 who reside in Oregon.  The public school option uses the engaging, award-winning K12 curriculum. Students who enroll in ORVA receive an individualized education experience designed to their learning style and needs.

“The teachers, parents, curriculum and school community all come together at Oregon Virtual Academy to create a truly well-rounded educational experience for each child,” says Head of School Brandy Osborn. “More than being unique because of our flexible virtual school setting, ORVA stands out because of our focus on individualized learning.”

ORVA’s focus on individualized learning is designed to allow students discover their own learning style. ORVA gives advanced learners the ability to progress faster in subjects in which they excel, including opportunities for advancement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and the ability to earn college credits while in high school.

Now in its 9th year, ORVA hosts in-person information sessions around the state each month, online information sessions, and upcoming community events. Interested families are encouraged to visit the school’s website for details on these upcoming events, as well as more about ORVA and how to enroll.

For more information on ORVA, its unique individualized learning focus and the enrollment process, please visit http://www.orva.k12.com 

About Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) is an online public charter school authorized by the North Bend School District and open to students in grades K through 12. As part of the Oregon public school system, ORVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about ORVA, visit www.k12.com/orva.  

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K12 Inc. Launches the First Destinations Career Academy in Wisconsin

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Innovative Online Career Technical Academy model will provide hands on training and dual credit opportunities for middle and high school students

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — K12 Inc., America’s leading provider of K-12 online school programs, today announced the opening of the first Destinations Career AcademyTM. Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin  is the first-ever career and technical education-focused online high school in Wisconsin using the curriculum and academic programs by K12 Inc. It is also the first career readiness program to offer a Construction apprenticeship program in partnership with industry leaders.

“Studies have shown that by 2020 two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education or training and that job-related skills can dramatically increase employment options for new graduates,” said Stuart J. Udell, CEO of K12 Inc. “We have a unique expertise in delivering online course content to young students and the addition of career and technical courses like the ones we are offering through our Destinations model will allow them to explore potential careers and get a jump on the certification process.”

K12’s career readiness offering uses a comprehensive end-to-end approach, designed to prepare students to enter the workforce or pursue other post-secondary options. Students can access multiple versions of core online high school courses and opt to take CTE courses in one of four Career Clusters:  Architecture and Construction; Business, Management, and Administration; Health Science; or Information Technology.  These Clusters are designed to give students a head start on their career goals by earning technical and specialty trade credentials, college credits, and workplace experiences.

Obtaining industry certifications opens the door to increased job opportunities for students in high-demand and high-paying jobs.  State licensed teachers provide students instruction and support and graduates receive a state-approved diploma. Students receive preparation for the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®) and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI®) exams as well as a membership in a SkillsUSA® career and technical student organization (CTSO) chapter for networking purposes.

Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin is an online public charter school sponsored by McFarland School District that utilizes this online career readiness curriculum. The tuition-free online public charter school is open to students statewide in grades 9 – 12 and serves full-time students in addition to offering individual courses to students in schools that do not have access to CTE programs.

What sets the school apart is a unique Construction Pathway developed in conjunction with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 (Operating Engineers) and Fox Valley Technical College.  This unique “pre-apprenticeship” program directed by the Operating Engineers will give students hands-on experience and prepare them to enter apprenticeship training to become successful operating engineers – heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors – in the construction industry.  Fox Valley Technical College, based in Appleton, will offer dual-credit, tech-prep opportunities for students and help facilitate blended learning opportunities – online learning and face-to-face instruction – for students from a variety of campus locations, regional centers, and training sites. 

“There is no question that today’s labor market is desperate for workers with these types of skills,” says Tim Lawrence, the Executive Director of SkillsUSA, a K12TM partner that will offer students additional skills development opportunities. “High school students who are involved in CTE programs feel more engaged in schoolwork, so there is a lower risk of drop out. Programs like these help mitigate youth underemployment and these online courses will help reach even more underserved youth.”

Online and blended learning models are ideal for high schools looking to transform or expand their CTE programs quickly, affordably, and thoroughly. The Wisconsin school represents the first of several CTE offerings planned by K12, which provides curriculum and services to over 2000 school districts across the United States.  For more information about these and other education solutions, visit K12.com.

About K12 Inc.
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. With nearly a half-billion dollars invested in developing award winning curriculum, K12 serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company of educators with the nation’s largest network of K-12 online school teachers, providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. 

©2016 K12 Inc. All rights reserved. K12 and Destinations Career Academy are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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K12 Inc. Reports College and Career Readiness Innovations at Nevada Virtual Academy

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K12 Inc., a company of educators, is leading the transformation to individualized learning as the nation’s foremost provider of technology-powered proprietary online solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school.

HERNDON, Va., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — K12 Inc., the nation’s leading provider of K-12 online school programs released a new report on Nevada Virtual Academy’s innovative college and career readiness programs and the school’s collaboration with University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

The full report can be found here.

Nevada Virtual Academy is a statewide online public charter school serving over 2,000 students in kindergarten through high school.

Nevada Virtual Academy is driving innovation in online learning and continuing to focus on post-secondary preparedness,” said Caroline McIntosh, Head of School at Nevada Virtual Academy. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this important effort in education.”

The report outlines new ways that Nevada Virtual Academy is offering families a personalized learning experience through innovative Learning Pathways which are designed to meet each learner’s individual needs and enhance his or her capabilities.

Nevada Virtual Academy offers high school students five academic pathways to college and career readiness. Students on the Advanced Dual Credit pathway can take up to 24 credits at any one of the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions, including UNLV and University of Nevada-Reno, which will transfer to a degree program of their choice. Students on the Jump Start College Pathway, a partnership with Western Nevada College, have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree in conjunction with a high school diploma.  

The report also highlights how Nevada Virtual Academy is providing students increased exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The school offers unique STEM programs through online and blended (face-to-face) learning approaches, including clubs and activities offered through its collaboration with UNLV. Data reported from the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that STEM employment is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022.

In the 2014-15 school year, more than 100 students graduated from NVVA. Many graduates went on to attend prestigious colleges and universities including Brigham Young University, Cornell University, University of California, and UNLV.

“From our newly established learning pathways for personalized learning to our strong ties with UNLV and West Nevada College providing dual-credit programs and STEM education, Nevada Virtual Academy is offering high quality educational opportunities to students across the state,” said Ms. McIntosh.

This report is the latest in a series of white papers on academics and instruction published by K12 Inc.  An archive of the publications, along with K12’s annual academic report, can be found here.

About K12 Inc.K12 Inc. (NYSE:  LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. With nearly a half-billion dollars invested in developing award winning curriculum, K12 serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company of educators with the nation’s largest network of K-12 online school teachers, providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. For more information on K12 Inc., visit www.K12.com

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Wisconsin Virtual Academy Celebrates Start of New School Year

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– Tuition-free online public charter school recognized for higher achievement; school to begin 13th year serving students statewide –

MCFARLAND, Wis., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), a tuition-free online public charter school, welcomes new and returning students for the 2015-2016 academic year, beginning September 1. WIVA accepts students statewide in grades K through 12 and takes an individualized approach to learning by combining online instruction and hands-on curriculum with the support of Wisconsin-licensed teachers and an active school community.

WIVA is the only school in Wisconsin offering the complete K12 curriculum, developed by K12 Inc., the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs.

In a recent K12 report, WIVA was credited for making achievement gains in Reading and Math and improving student outcomes over time.

In July 2015, WIVA welcomed Nicholaus Sutherland as the Head of School. Sutherland previously served as the K-12 Assistant Principal/Director of Special Programs at Washington Virtual Academies. He has a track record of implementing new programs that result in the closing of educational gaps and dramatic increases in student achievement.

“Effective use of assessment allows Wisconsin Virtual Academy teachers and staff know what students need in order to reach their full potential,” said Nicholaus Sutherland, Head of School at Wisconsin Virtual Academy. “Our goal is to continue to provide an individualized approach to education, focusing on our mission to provide students with the individual tools they need to succeed.”

This year, WIVA will launch a Family Academic Support Team (FAST) to bring a holistic approach to supporting each student's educational progress. FAST staff members and teachers will work together to meet the needs of the student and family, including helping students work through non-academic issues that may be affecting their performance in school.

WIVA provides courses in language arts/English, math, science, history and art, with world languages and music as electives for students in grades K-8. The high school program offers students more than 150 core, elective, Honors, and Advanced Placement® courses, including world languages. Students use web-based lessons and hands-on instructional materials that are shipped to their home.

Families interested in learning more about WIVA can find more information at http://wiva.k12.com.

About Wisconsin Virtual Academy Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), an online public charter school authorized by the McFarland School District, is the largest full-time online public charter school serving students in grades K through 12 in the state. As part of the Wisconsin public school system, WIVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc., the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about WIVA, visit http://wiva.k12.com.

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K12, Inc. (NYSE:LRN) belongs to Services sector. Its net profit margin is 3.00% and weekly performance is -10.63%. On last trading day company shares ended up $13.20. K12, Inc. (NYSE:LRN) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is -9.62%. On 23 June, K12, Inc. (NYSE:LRN) released a new report highlighting how a community of educators, students, and families working together to build strong relationships can drive strong academic performance at Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA). WIVA is a statewide online public charter school authorized by McFarland School District, serving students in kindergarten through high school.

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