DENVER, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Colorado Digital Board of Cooperative Education Services (CD BOCES), a newly approved digital learning authorizer in Colorado, today received approval from the State Board of Education to open its first new online public school. The new online school, Colorado Preparatory Academy, is set to launch next year and is open to all students in grades K-12 across the state. The school will use the award winning curriculum and academic programs provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), a leading national provider of digital learning content and online and blended school programs. "We are excited to provide a new online public school option to Colorado families," said CD BOCES Interim Executive Director, Kim McClelland. "The mission and vision of Colorado Preparatory Academy aligns with the CD BOCES' goals. CD BOCES is prepared to be an active leader in our digital learning schools. We will require high levels of accountability, transparency, and cooperation. Most importantly, we will ensure that the teachers and administrators in our schools have the tools and support necessary to serve families well and give students every opportunity to succeed." CD BOCES was formed by two Colorado school districts, Falcon District 49 and Yuma School District 1, to focus exclusively on digital learning school models and provide comprehensive support, oversight and accountability for online and blended schools. As an authorizer, CD BOCES has the capacity to promote high standards and performance, research and evaluation, and provide a collaborative and interconnected environment to help accelerate student achievement. The CD BOCES leadership team includes educators and digital learning experts with years of experience and success operating online and blended learning schools. "The CD BOCES board is excited by the opportunity to offer quality online and blended public school options to families throughout the state, especially to students in rural communities," said Rob Stannard, CD BOCES board president and superintendent of YUMA School District 1. "These innovative public schools provide students in small school districts with opportunities to take courses that are usually only available in large suburban or urban school districts." Colorado Preparatory Academy will use the curriculum, technology and school services provided by K12 Inc., a national leader in online education and individualized learning for students in kindergarten through high school. Highly qualified and Colorado-certified teachers will provide instruction, intervention, guidance and support to students, and regularly communicate with families. Under CD BOCES, Colorado Preparatory Academy will promote active engagement for all students using a team teaching model of certified teachers and paraprofessionals. In addition to developing Individualized Learning Plans for all students, the school will provide instructional interventions for underperforming and accelerated students, multiple opportunities for parent-teacher conferences, face-to-face online and blended instruction, and training for parents and students. The school will also foster a vibrant school community through numerous academic and social events, clubs, and extra-curricular activities.
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