updated: 5/7/2012 7:47:09 AM
An online high school will be giving students a head start on college credit. The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis and Vincennes University are planning to offer college courses for students through the Achieve Virtual Education Academy later this year.
May 4, 2012
VINCENNES, Ind. - Beginning in fall 2012, Achieve Virtual Education Academy will offer college credit courses in partnership with Vincennes University.
Achieve Virtual, Indiana's first virtual public high school, opened in the summer of 2011 in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township. Since it was launched, more than 150 students have taken courses through the school on a full-time or part-time basis. Achieve Virtual students can now be found throughout the state of Indiana. VU and Achieve Virtual Education Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding creating the partnership on April 24.
"Achieve Virtual has grown much more quickly than we had anticipated; most likely because it serves students with a wide variety of needs," said MSD of Wayne Township Superintendent Jeff Butts. “It is helping students recover credits so they can stay on track to graduate. It is also providing new options for students in rural areas whose schools may not offer some of the courses they'd like to take. Now, Achieve Virtual will give high school students an option that's in increasing demand: college credit.”
This is not the first partnership between the MSD of Wayne Township and Vincennes University. The two first forged a partnership several years ago to create Ben Davis University High School, the early-college high school in Wayne Township. In 2011 Ben Davis University had a 100 percent graduation rate, which was the highest in the state. In addition, the vast majority of Ben Davis University students earned two-year associate degrees.
“Vincennes University is delighted to enter into this partnership with the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township. By working together to extend the reach of Achieve Virtual Education Academy, more Hoosiers will be provided the education they need to improve their lives and reach their goals,” said VU President Dick Helton.
In this new partnership the college courses offered through Achieve will be taught by MSD of Wayne Township teachers and the final exams will be created and overseen by VU professors. Staff from VU and MSD Wayne will collaborate throughout the year to ensure that the needs of their students are being met.
More information on taking high school or college credit courses through Achieve Virtual is available by calling 317-988-7144 or visiting www.achievevirtual.org.
Source: Vincennes University