Missouri To Launch Virtual Schools

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Connections Academy, a virtual education company, recently announced that it has been selected by Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide Missouri's Virtual Instruction Program's (MoVIP) first K-5 virtual school, expected to open in 2007. The secondary education (grades 6-12) virtual school will be provided by Northwest Missouri State University. Both virtual campuses are intended to provide tuition-free education for more than 4,000 students in the state.

"The state of Missouri is pleased to make the innovative MoVIP virtual school available to Missouri families and to ensure a high quality program by partnering with established leaders in virtual public education," said Curt Fuchs, director of MoVIP.

Students can take six courses from the elementary-level curriculum. According to Connections Academy, the educational program combines textbooks with technology-based resources and hands-on material. Teachers will communicate with students and parents twice a week, and field trips and other in person activities will be scheduled.

The virtual school program is designed to serve students that "are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom; students who would benefit from more individualized instruction; or who require a flexible school schedule," according to Connections Academy.

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