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MGLVA Grad Pursues her Passion for Politics

MGLVA Salutatorian Avalon McKinney delivers her graduation address 

The school year has come to a close but Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA) Salutatorian Avalon McKinney has embarked on an exciting new challenge. Avalon is running to be a precinct delegate for the Wayne County Republican Party in Livonia, Michigan. The primary will be held on August 2nd.

Avalon became interested in politics two years ago and MGLVA nurtured her desire to learn more. 

“The teachers appreciated everyone’s opinion. We weren’t restricted in saying how we felt politically or religiously,” Avalon said. “This made me more interested in the topics that came up during our studies and pushed me to want to learn more.”

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GCA Rising Star to Sing National Anthem at Major League Baseball Game

Chloe performs in “Crazy for You”, a Gershwin musical. Photo courtesy of  the Orbit Arts Academy

An entire stadium of energized baseball fans will be abuzz as Georgia Cyber Academy 11th grader Chloe McSwain performs the National Anthem at an Atlanta Braves game on July 15th! Chloe is well-prepared, as she sang a gorgeous rendition of the song at last month’s graduation.

“GCA’s graduation was the first time Chloe actually sang the National Anthem for a large crowd and it was extremely well-received,” said her mother, Tiffany McSwain. “Chloe also got to meet GCA’s Head of School, Matt Arkin, and the Lt. Governor of Georgia, Casey Cagle, who delivered commencement remarks.”

Chloe knew back in the third grade that a traditional brick and mortar school wasn’t the right fit. She and Tiffany agreed Chloe needed an alternative option so she could focus on academics while still being able to pursue her performing arts passion.  Chloe began school with GCA in the 4th grade.

In order to reach her goal of being admitted into a performing arts academy following high school, Chloe must be accepted both academically and musically. For this reason, Chloe must be accomplished in both academics and art. She needs to strike a careful balance between both. This makes online schooling an outstanding option.

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K12 Inc. Responds to Report on Virtual Charter Schools

As a leading provider to online schools, K12 Inc. has collaborated with educators, policymakers, and organizations on best practices and policies for online and blended public schools.  We strongly advocate for all charter school models. We have supported student-centered policy proposals for all schools, competency-based learning, and better metrics to improve accountability.

The report by NACSA, NAPCS, and 50CAN is not collaborative.  Very few, if any, charter school boards, educators, operators, parents or teachers in online charter schools were part of this report. 

The report relies almost exclusively on a three-part study on online charter schools published last year.  K12 responded to the study and provided a detailed analysis. We disagreed with the study’s reliance on old academic data and the methodology which did not control or account for several key factors unique to typical full-time online schools, including:  persistence and performance over time, date of enrollment, the effect of mobility, and the reasons why children leave their local school. 

Data in the report are old (prior to 2012) and does not match what we see at K12-partner schools.  For example, the report cites Ohio Virtual Academy as a large online public charter school with weak academic growth.  Yet, according to the most recent test results available (2014-15), OHVA’s school composite growth score was the highest possible in grades 6 – 8 and high school.

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Graduation Comes Early for a Georgia Cyber Academy 15-Year-Old

GCA Salutatorian Kevin Abraham shows off his newly-awarded diploma at graduation on May 21st, 2016.

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) student Kevin Abraham has always been ahead of the game when it comes to his studies. This held true for his graduation day, as GCA’s Salutatorian took the stage at age 15!

Kevin’s road to early graduation began when he skipped kindergarten, tested out of 7th grade math while in the 6th grade, and tested out of 11th grade math at the end of his 7th grade year. Kevin began online schooling at Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA).

When his family moved to Georgia, Kevin remained within the K12 family and began his schooling at GCA during the spring semester of 10th grade. This culminated in early graduation for Kevin, one of GCA’s 701 graduating seniors in 2016.

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Graduation Comes Early for a Georgia Cyber Academy 15-Year-Old

GCA Salutatorian Kevin Abraham shows off his newly-awarded diploma at graduation on May 21st, 2016.

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) student Kevin Abraham has always been ahead of the game when it comes to his studies. This held true for his graduation day, as GCA’s Salutatorian took the stage at age 15!

Kevin’s road to early graduation began when he skipped kindergarten, tested out of 7th grade math while in the 6th grade, and tested out of 11th grade math at the end of his 7th grade year. Kevin began online schooling at Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA).

When his family moved to Georgia, Kevin remained within the K12 family and began his schooling at GCA during the spring semester of 10th grade. This culminated in early graduation for Kevin, one of GCA’s 701 graduating seniors in 2016.

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