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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Wisconsin Virtual Academy Celebrates Start of New School Year

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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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Top Wall Street Stories: K12, Inc. (NYSE:LRN), Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)

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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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K12 Inc. Report Shows Achievement Gains At Wisconsin Virtual Academy

HERNDON, Va., June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – K12 Inc., America's leading provider of K-12 online school programs, 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.

The full report can be found here.

“In this report, we describe the academic performance and positive gains at WIVA, a mature and pioneering institute in the national network of online public schools managed by K12,” said Dr. Margaret Jorgensen, K12 Chief Academic Officer. “After analyzing the academic data, we highlight the school's focus on building relations between teachers and students to individualize learning experiences. We also share how unique relationships among educators lead to shared best practices in virtual learning environments.”

Since 2011, WIVA's enrollment has increased by 189 percent and while rapid growth in enrollment can present challenges to educators, WIVA demonstrated a graduation rate increase of 18.1 percentage points.

Much of the academic success at WIVA can be directly attributed to the importance of building strong relationships. WIVA school leaders emphasize that the relationships teachers have with each other and between students, the partnerships between school and family, paired with school and district contributed to WIVA's success.

WIVA teachers build strong professional relationships through focused and strong collaboration, keeping track of student performance data, and delivering student-specific instruction,” said Dr. Leslye Moraski Erickson, WIVA head of school. “WIVA teachers support one another through coaching programs, where experienced and effective teachers serve as instructional coaches to ensure best practices are implemented appropriately. Additionally, WIVA focuses on building strong relationships with families through initiatives like FAST (Family Academic Support Team). FAST members work with families to overcome social or emotional obstacles that may prevent students from fully engaging with learning.”

Compared to demographically similar district, Racine Unified, WIVA students outperformed the district in Reading across the past three school years and in all grades tested (3-8). In Mathematics, across the past three school years with the exception of grades 4 and 5 in 2011, WIVA students outperformed the comparable district.

WIVA also demonstrated that economically disadvantaged students grow stronger over time. In the 2013-2014 school year, 57% of the more than 1,900 students enrolled were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (FRL), a higher percentage than the national average.

In Reading, compared to students enrolled less than 1 year, WIVA's FRL-eligible students enrolled 3 years or more achieved higher proficiency percentages in all FRL groups. The gap between Reduced-Price Lunch Eligible students and Not Eligible students narrowed from 35 percentage points for students enrolled less than 1 year to 18 percentage points for students enrolled 3 years or more. In Mathematics, compared to students enrolled less than 1 year, WIVA students enrolled 3 years or more achieved higher proficiency percentages in all FRL groups.

WIVA leadership understands the need to focus on building support systems to help struggling students overcome obstacles and achieve their maximum potential. WIVA plans to continue building and extending the network of strong relationships that has contributed to the school's success.

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 Welcomes Students to Open Enroll for 2015-2016 School Year

Wisconsin Virtual Academy Welcomes Students to Open Enroll for 2015-2016 School Year – Tuition-free online public charter school encourages families to explore educational options –

MCFARLAND, Wisc., Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), a tuition-free online public charter school, encourages families with students in grades K-12 to take the necessary steps to ensure they have educational options for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.

Parents considering WIVA or any other public school outside their resident district must submit an application during the state's open enrollment period: Monday, February 2, 2015 through 4 p.m. CST on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Submitting an open enrollment application does not commit families to enrolling in the fall, but does provide them the option to at a later date.

WIVA accepts students from across the state of Wisconsin and takes an individualized approach to learning, combining online instruction and hands-on curriculum with the support of Wisconsin-licensed teachers who are available online and by phone. Interested families are encouraged to visit www.k12.com/WIVA for more information on the school and how to submit an open enrollment application.

To help parents and children learn more about the program, WIVA will host multiple free events in communities across the state this week, including Wauwatosa, Green Bay, Mount Pleasant, Madison and Milwaukee, as well as several online information sessions. These events will provide an opportunity to speak with teachers, school staff and currently enrolled families to learn about how children succeed with WIVA. Parents can find more information on these events at www.K12.com/WIVA.

“Wisconsin Virtual Academy goes places traditional schools can't, from the flexibility of the scheduling to the variety of courses offered,” says Dr. Leslye Moraski Erickson, Head of School at Wisconsin Virtual Academy. “More families come to us each year with students who are seeking fresh opportunities, academic support and new challenges.”

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. Students who enroll in WIVA receive an individualized education experience, designed to let K-8 students find the learning style that works best for them and enable high school students to find their own path to post-high school success. Students use web-based lessons and hands-on instructional materials that are shipped to their home.

WIVA provides courses in language arts/English, math, science, history, world languages, art and music for students in grades K-8, while the high school program offers students more than 150 core, elective and Advanced Placement® courses, as well as up to four levels of world languages. At WIVA, college- or career-minded students can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses in order to gain a competitive edge for the future, discover their path after high school or explore a possible college major.

Interested families are encouraged to visit www.k12.com/WIVA for more information on the school and how to submit an open enrollment application, as well as details on the upcoming community events and online information sessions.

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 www.k12.com/WIVA.

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