Private Online HS Teams with Minerva on Baccalaureate Program
- By Dian Schaffhauser
private online high school has announced a new baccalaureate
for beginning ninth graders, developed in partnership with a company
that built the technology for an innovative classroom- and
campus-free university. Laurel
is working with Minerva
a for-profit operation that provides technology, infrastructure and
support services for the Minerva
Schools at KGI.
Schools runs undergraduate and graduate programs where students
attend online sessions while living together in residential buildings
around the globe. Every now and then the students move to a different
city somewhere else in the world that becomes their new center of
operations for online learning.
new four-year program for Laurel Springs will incorporate courses
from its Academy
program along with two, real-time online classes that are intended to
challenge students "to interconnect their learning and develop
skills in complex critical thinking, advanced problem solving and
sessions will be delivered on Forum,
Minerva's online learning environment. The baccalaureate program will
condense the curriculum of Laurel Springs' Academy into three years
and direct the fourth year on college-level courses and a capstone
project. Graduates will receive a high school diploma and 32 hours of
to the Laurel
the Academy program is $13,000 per year; no tuition is specified for
the baccalaureate program specifically.
baccalaureate approach "is ideal for teaching and engaging
students in the real-world application of knowledge, and allows
learning to transcend subject matter in a way that will produce a
more advanced level of understanding and engagement," said Peter
Robertson, Laurel Springs president, in a statement.
is the first partnership for Minerva with a secondary school.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.