PASCO COUNTY, Fla., Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Virtual Academy at Pasco County – a new online public charter school – is now accepting enrollments for the 2013-14 school year following approval of the school's contract with the District School Board of Pasco County earlier this week. The school will offer grades K-8 next year and add high school grades in subsequent years. The school is governed by the independent, nonprofit Southwest Florida Virtual Charter School Board. Wendy Howard, chair of the Southwest Florida Virtual Charter School Board and resident of Pasco County, said, "We're excited to offer our new public school to families in Pasco County. Families across Florida want school options for their children that meet their individual needs. FLVA at Pasco County provides parents and children another quality choice in public education. We're thankful for the opportunity and look forward to working with the district to make our online school a success." Florida Virtual Academy at Pasco County is hosting a number of free community events and online information sessions for families interested in learning more about the school. Event information can be found at www.k12.com/flva. The new online public school is open to families throughout Pasco County. The school will offer state-of-the-art digital courses and content led by expertly trained, Florida-certified teachers using highly innovative learning technology. Florida Virtual Academy at Pasco County will use the award-winning curriculum and academic services provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), America's largest provider of online school programs in kindergarten through high school. K12 is an accredited and fully state-approved digital learning provider in Florida. K12 currently serves numerous online public charter schools and district-based Virtual Instruction Programs across the state. Florida Virtual Academy at Pasco County will offer flexible and personalized learning programs that work for all types of students, from advanced learners to students with special needs. Certified teachers will provide instruction, guidance and support, and will interact regularly with students using innovative technology and web-based classrooms. Teachers also organize school field trips, activities, clubs, and events for students and families. The school will follow all state accountability standards and requirements, including participation in state assessments. Similar Florida Virtual Academy online public charter schools have also been approved to open in Palm Beach, Duval, Broward, and Osceola counties. SOURCE Florida Virtual Academy
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