South Carolina Virtual Charter School To Open in August


South Carolina will open a new virtual public charter school this summer: the South Carolina Virtual Charter School (SCVCS). It was approved March 6 by the South Carolina Public Charter School District, South Carolina's statewide charter school authorizing agency.

According to K12 Inc., the virtual school developer behind SCVCS, the online school is expected to serve up to 1,000 students across the state, who will receive "instruction, direction, and oversight from state-certified teachers" tuition-free. Students will also have learning coaches and will be required to meet state accountability standards.

"We believe the South Carolina Virtual Charter School will be an outstanding public school option for a diverse population of children with a variety of needs," said Kathleen Brady, chair of the SCVCS board of directors, in a statement released last week. "By using the best practices in individualized learning and online education developed by K12, along with its excellent professional development and teacher training programs, we believe SCVCS will be the gold standard for online public schools in the state and will help advance South Carolina as a recognized national leader in 21st Century education."

Web-based learning will be provided through the K12 Online School, a system that's being used by some 40,000 students in 18 statewide online public schools "and other e-learning programs across the country," according to K12. Students will have access to standard core subjects (language arts, math, science, etc.), as well as AP and elective courses.

SCVCS is scheduled to open in August. Further information can be found here.

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