Friday, March 5, 2010

San Bernardino Has A New Choice In Education

 Tim Smith, executive director of the Carden Virtual Academy, explains the school to the San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board.
Carden's Arizona schools have an 85 - 100 percent graduation rate, and score in the 80th percentile and above on standardized tests for their state.

(SAN BERNARDINO)  Parents are invited to learn more about Carden Virtual Academy a new high tech charter school starting in San Bernardino in August of 2010 in San Bernardino.  The school will educate students in grades Kindergarten through the 12th year. 

The information session is set for Thursday, March 25 at the Feldheym Library at 5:30 pm.  The library is located at 555 West Fifth Street in San Bernardino.

“We will make learning exciting for students,” said Tim Smith, executive director of Carden Virtual Academy. “They will not only learn critical academic skills, but we also will help them develop character and confidence.”

Carden Virtual Academy is not new to education.  The company has operated four charter schools in the Phoenix, Ariz. area for 14 years. These are Carden Traditional Schools in Glendale and Surprise, and E-Institute Charter High Schools on multiple campuses in the Phoenix area.

The Arizona schools have an 85 percent graduation rate, and score in the 80th percentile and above on standardized tests for their state.

“San Bernardino is similar to the communities in Arizona where we have had success in serving,” Smith said. “We are familiar with the needs of students who are at risk of dropping out, and students who are English learners. We have been able to meet the needs of these students, and help them have academic success.”

“Carden Academy will create your child’s educational plan to meet his or her educational needs, with on campus classes, online classes and/or independent study. Carden Academy will be open during the day and evening,” said Smith.

Smith added, Carden Academy is for students who are at-risk, failing, or don't fit into the traditional school environment.  “We want to be a community resource and partner with the San Bernardino City Unified School District, and help your students achieve academic success,” Smith said.

College-bound students looking for accelerated programs are also a good fit for Carden Academy.

Carden is expected to be approved soon by the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

Carden Virtual Academy will start out as one campus, providing all of its K-12 students the same range of options and benefits as the campuses in Arizona.  “We will hire a local administrator and 30 credentialed local teachers,” said Smith.

Carden Virtual Academy’s mission is to deliver a high quality education focused on building skills, character and confidence. The curriculum will be personalized for each student, offering a mix of onsite classes in day and evening hours, online classes and independent study. Onsite courses will include hands-on learning activities and high technology. The school’s curriculum will be based on California education standards, and employ California certified teachers.

To attend an information session, or for more information, call Shannan Gonzales at (909) 888-0017.

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