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The K12 Class of 2014

It is graduation season again.  This year, thousands of students will graduate from full-time online and blended schools powered by K12.  We’re seeing stories across the country about these impressive group of K12 graduates – kids preparing to head off to colleges and universities; students with inspiring stories who overcame great odds to earn a diploma.  Schools are hosting graduation ceremonies bringing together families throughout the state.  New schools are celebrating their first ever graduating class.  It’s an exciting time.

With diplomas in hand, these K12 graduates are ready to begin their next chapter in life. 

It is estimated there are currently over 300,000 students enrolled in full-time online schools across the U.S.  Add students enrolled in full-time blended schools and that figure expands. The number of students graduating from online and blended schools is also increasing as more students choose these innovative schools.  Last year, K12 online and blended schools graduated over 4,000 students. The class of 2014 is expected to be even bigger.

We have come so far.  Most of the students from the class of 2014 were born in the mid to late 90s. (Wow, that makes me feel old!)  At that time no parent could have predicted their son or daughter would eventually graduate from an accredited, full-time online high school.  Such a concept would have been laughable to most, but not today. Just imagine what education will look like for the next generation 18 years from now.

The students of K12’s class of 2014 are pioneers. They join other recent K12 graduates who chose the digital learning route over the traditional classroom model.  This bold spirit is precisely why I believe K12 students are at an advantage. 

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Announcing the Winners of the 2014 K12 International Spelling Bee

Students enrolled in K12 online school programs belong to a community of connected learners with a wide range of extracurricular clubs, programs, and school events. One such event is the K12 International Spelling Bee.

Over the past couple of months, K12 partner schools have hosted multiple local and regional spelling bees for students in grades 4 through 8, all leading up to the K12 International Spelling Bee. However, unlike traditional spelling bees, the K12 International Bee and most regional spelling bees were conducted entirely online.

Today we are proud to announce the K12 Regional and International Spelling Bee winners! 

2014 Spelling Bee Winners

From California to Dubai, students from roughly 23 online school programs participated in the virtual spelling bee. Using collaborative online platforms, students and judges logged on simultaneously to participate in the spelling bee. To ensure authenticity in the online setting, all student participants had a school-assigned individual onsite to proctor the contest. A panel of five judges determined whether words were spelled correctly and rules were upheld, while a Spell Master delivered and pronounced words for participants.

This year’s winning word was pandemonium.

“Each of these students genuinely deserves congratulations for their hard work.  We had some tough rounds, with some challenging words, and we are truly proud of all of the competitors,” said Sonja Howerton, K12 National Student Program Coordinator.   

Congratulations to all who participated in the K12 International Spelling Bee! 

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Fierce School Choice Critic, Diane Ravitch Playing Loose with Facts Again

In her May 21st blog, she makes a series of erroneous claims about K12 Inc. and one of its partner schools, Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA).  Citing another educator’s piece, Ravitch inaccurately states that TXVA students were “getting credit for two years of Spanish in only eight weeks, and credit for one year of Environmental Science in only two days.”  She’s wrong, and a simple call to the Texas Education Agency would have cleared it up for her.

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Announcing Insight School of Oklahoma

On Wednesday, The Board of Directors for the Insight School of Oklahoma announced the Fall 2014 opening of an innovative online public charter school – Insight School of Oklahoma. The school is authorized by the Statewide Virtual Charter Board and uses the nationally recognized curriculum and academic services provided by K12 Inc.

“The opening of Insight School of Oklahoma is a tremendous step forward in being able to provide quality education to countless Oklahoma students who may have struggled in traditional environments,” said DeAnna Gwatney, the Board President.

Insight School of Oklahoma is an online public school and open to all students, but will be focused on serving those who are academically at-risk and who may have struggled in traditional settings.

Students enrolled in the Insight School of Oklahoma will also engage in academic programs that they find relevant to their futures. The school will offer Career Pathways, a program that allows students to pursue a distinct academic pathway based on the national Career Cluster Model, which is designed to accommodate a student’s specific career interest and capabilities.

For more information, including a full listing of online and in-person events, please visit the school’s website:

The nationally recognized academic curriculum, technology and support services provided by K12 will offer students a unique experience and environment. Through innovative technologies and web-based classrooms, certified Oklahoma teachers will work with the students and provide customized instruction, guidance and academic support.

Source: Insight School of Oklahoma, (2014). Insight School of Oklahoma Approved to Open Fall 2014.

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K12 Helps Launch New Online School in Michigan

Last week, The Board of Directors for the Insight School of Michigan in partnership with K12 Inc. announced the creation of a new online public charter school, Insight School of Michigan. The school will offer students in grades 6-12 an innovative education using engaging digital learning and individualized instruction.

To find out more information about Insight School of Michigan or to enroll, click here.

As a public school, Insight School of Michigan is open to all students in the state with an emphasis on serving academically at-risk students who have struggled in traditional school settings. The school’s instructional model and academic strategies will focus on putting every student on a path to earning their high school diploma.

“Insight School of Michigan is another example of how K12 is developing partnerships in communities to serve students, particularly those that are struggling in their education,” said Jennifer Sims, Vice President of School Services at K12. “Whether it be previously failing certain courses, missing school days, or feeling left behind, we are committed to providing individualized online learning options for those students seeking new school alternatives to help get them back on track.”

Certified Michigan teachers will provide instruction, guidance and support, and will interact regularly with students using innovative technology and web-based instruction. Teachers also provide small group instruction, remediation, and organize school activities, clubs, and events for students and families.

Insight School of Michigan is authorized by the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees, the state’s largest and most respected charter school authorizers.

"Every student in Michigan deserves access to a high quality education," said Cindy Schumacher, executive director of The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University. "CMU is excited to partner with Insight School of Michigan and to support their mission of helping students meet their individual potential."

Read the full release on Insight School of Michigan, here.

Source: Insight School of Michigan, (2014). Insight School of Michigan Approved to Open Fall 2014.