New Cyber Charter High School to Offer Pennsylvania Students Rigorous Curriculum Combined with Community Experiences
Foundations, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to improving educational experiences for America's children and youth, announced it has received approval from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to open a new, tuition-free, charter high school for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) Academy will offer Pennsylvania high school students a blend of online and traditional learning.
"ACT Academy offers an ideal combination of online instruction and face-to-face interaction, resulting in a learning model that provides flexibility in terms of scheduling and academic needs for all types of learners," said Julie Stapleton-Carroll, Foundations' Executive Director of School Services. "Such flexibility makes ACT Academy ideal for gifted and talented students, special needs students, working teens or students with children, competitive athletes, or any student who has struggled in traditional public school settings."
In preparation for the new school year, ACT Academy has also hired Russell Gallagher, Ed.D. to serve as principal. A resident of Collegeville, Montgomery County, Dr. Gallagher brings more than 15 years of leadership experience within secondary education in Pennsylvania, including three years as principal of 21st Century Cyber Charter School.
Unlike other charter schools, ACT Academy combines a rigorous, standards-based and fully accredited curriculum with community experiences, while utilizing the latest technology and highly qualified teachers. As a cyber-school, ACT Academy provides students with a personal computer, printer and Internet access so they may complete assignments and interact with teachers and peers. Real-time instruction, such as video streaming and live chats, along with small group work, community service, twice-yearly retreats and one-on-one tutoring, complement online lessons.
ACT Academy uses the proven-effective Connections LearningTM curriculum. Core courses include language arts, mathematics, science, history and social studies, with themes of social justice, self-empowerment, and civic engagement instilled within them. Electives, honors and Advanced Placement courses are also available. All ACT teachers have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, are certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and receive intensive technological and curriculum training.
To find out about ACT Information Sessions for students and parents or for more information or to register and enroll online visit www.actacademy.org or call 1-855 (ACT)-6838.