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K12 Adds New Online Courses AP Exam Reviews

Online course provider K12 has added new courses to its school year 2013-2014 catalog and made improvements to some existing courses.

K12 offers Common Core-aligned courses for pre-kindergarten through high school, as well as summer school. Courses include online activities, as well as traditional textbooks, CDs, and videos. An individualized learning plan is created for each student to target areas of strength and in need of improvement. A learning coach, typically a parent, is designated for grades K-8. The online platform provides daily lesson plans, announcements, Web-based discussion, and communication tools.

Specifically, new courses include:

  • Foreign language courses, starting with Spanish I, for students in grades K-2, provided by Middlebury Interactive Languages. In addition, French II, Spanish II, and Chinese II are now available for high school students;
  • Four new high school electives: Introduction to Culinary Arts, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Fashion and Interior Design, and History of the Holocaust. In total, K12 has more than 120 electives for middle and high school students; and
  • Additional advanced placement (AP), credit recovery, and core subject courses throughout the catalog. K12 is providing Aventa Learning's credit recovery curriculum, which includes 19 courses.

In addition, K12 now offers more than 12 online AP Exam Reviews. They include practice exams that are aligned with College Board guidelines and include the same types of questions and content. Students can practice questions by topic, or review using an outline of the course material.

Kathy Richardson, a certified advanced mathematics teacher in South Carolina, said, in a prepared statement, "K12's catalog for school districts provides opportunities for student exploration into course selections. By perusing the topics and considering the options, students can then make informed decisions about the path they choose. Many times, students and even parents do not know what options are available for the students. This catalog fills that void."

For more information, visit k12.com.

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Tim Sohn is a 10-year veteran of the news business, having served in capacities from reporter to editor-in-chief of a variety of publications including Web sites, daily and weekly newspapers, consumer and trade magazines, and wire services. He can be reached at timothyjsohn@gmail.com and followed on Twitter @editortim.

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