The Clarksville Community School Corp. is partnering with Virginia-based K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) to open a new online public school. The district says the Indiana Gateway Digital Academy will serve students in all 92 counties across the state.
The school received approval from the Indiana Department of Education, and the district says the digital academy will help students in grades K-11 in its first year.
“The end of the 2020 school year was like nothing we’ve ever seen before in this country,” said Dr. Brian Allred, assistant superintendent for Clarksville Community Schools. “We have to find innovative new ways to teach Indiana’s children and this is a great step forward. Clarksville is dedicated to providing top-notch programming that will never leave any student behind. Just like our tagline says, we may be a small school community, but we want our students to have big opportunities.”
The district says all Gateway students will have access to its curriculum and can attend live virtual classes taught by state-certified online teachers. Students are offered courses in the core subjects of math, science, English and language arts, history, and a variety of electives.
“This is an exciting new opportunity for us to help serve the families of Indiana that may be looking for a change in the middle of a pandemic,” said Kevin Chavous, K12’s president of academics, policy, and schools. “We know that Clarksville will be a leader in providing online educational opportunities for families in need and we look forward to this new partnership.”
The 2020-2021 school year starts on August 6, and the district says Gateway is now accepting enrollments.