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Pilot Program First Virtual Public High School In State

Achieve offers more than 80 courses, including English, Chemistry and Algebra. AP courses include history, calculus and biology.

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Students will be able to complete course work at their own pace while interacting with teachers through email and video conferencing.

There‘s a new way for Indiana Students to get a high school education. It‘s called “Achieve Virtual Education Academy” and it‘s the first virtual public high school in the state.

It‘s a pilot program being run by Wayne Township Schools but it‘s available to all students across the state. State Superintendent.

“This is going to offer AP courses to children who maybe wouldn’t have them in rural districts,” State Superintendent Tony Bennett said. “This is going to offer a full menu of services to Indiana children, which goes to the very core of building the education around the needs of the child.”

Achieve offers more than 80 courses, including English, Chemistry and Algebra. AP courses include history, calculus and biology. It‘s being touted as a place for full-time students, or those looking to pick up specific classes part time.

Enrollment is free for students in Wayne Township or for anyone who enrolls full time before September 15. Part time students outside the district will pay $250 per class.

Students will be able to complete course work at their own pace while interacting with teachers through email and video conferencing. Wayne Township Superintendent Jeff Butts said students will be required to take final exams in person, to defend against cheating.

“We know that once this expands across the state of Indiana we will have to offer final exams at multiple sites across the state, ” said Butts. “Our expectation is not that students from Gary or a student from Evansville or Richmond will have to drive to Indianapolis necessarily for a final examination.”

Butts said 188 students enrolled in Achieve‘s summer pilot program. Officials are hoping to have at least 50 full-time students enrolled for next fall.

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