Nexus Academy of Indianapolis Unanimously Approved by Indiana Charter School Board for the 2013–14 School Year
-- Tuition-Free “Blended” Public High School Redefines Education for 21st Century Learners, Melding Classroom and e-learning in Unique Campus Environment --
INDIANAPOLIS (February 5, 2013) – Indianapolis high school students will have an exciting new “blended” public school option for the 2013–14 school year that delivers a truly 21st century high school experience. Nexus Academy of Indianapolis, a “blended” public high school that combines the best of online and classroom learning in a dynamic campus setting, has been unanimously approved by the Indiana Charter School Board for the 2013–14 school year.
Nexus Academy of Indianapolis is a tuition-free, open enrollment, college preparatory public high school for 21st century learners. Intentionally small sized, the school will serve a maximum of 300 students to ensure each student receives focused, personal attention. It will offer a comprehensive high school experience in a highly personalized, innovative, and flexible school setting. Students will attend the school’s uniquely designed physical campus, where dedicated, certified teachers specially trained in blended learning interact with students both online and on-site. Campus-based “Success Coaches” help guide students through the curriculum, and guidance counselors will help them navigate college and career decisions.
Students will attend classes on a morning or afternoon session, ensuring an optimal student-to-staff ratio while allowing time in the school day for internships, college dual enrollment, and pursuit of personal passions such as sports or performing arts. All Nexus Academy of Indianapolis students will be provided with a mobile computer and other technology tools, allowing them to work anywhere within the Nexus Academy school as well as beyond, 24/7.
“We’re delighted that Nexus Academy of Indianapolis was unanimously approved by the Indiana Charter School Board, and look forward to welcoming students in the 2013–14 school year,” said Mickey Revenaugh, co-founder of Connections Education and executive vice president for Connections Learning. “Nexus Academy of Indianapolis will provide an engaging and high-quality public school experience that prepares students for success beyond high school in a truly intimate and personalized way.”
“Indianapolis high school students deserve learning opportunities that will prepare them for the next step in their lives, whether that’s college or a career, and Nexus Academy will offer that,” notes Jeff Reed, board chairman of Better Blended Learning for Indiana, the non-profit organization that holds the charter. “Nexus Academy will provide its students access to great teachers, fun and challenging ways to learn, and a safe, college-style environment. We look forward to serving Hoosier families through this new, high-quality public school option.”
Enrollment will officially open at Nexus Academy of Indianapolis on March 4, 2013 for the 2013–14 school year, but the school has already begun outreach throughout the Indianapolis metro area. Families and students seeking more information on Nexus Academy of Indianapolis can visit www.nexusacademyschool.com, call 888–533–6360, or attend free informational meetings to be hosted by school officials starting early spring 2013. School leaders expect Nexus Academy of Indianapolis to appeal to a wide range of students, from those who are ready to accelerate through high school to those who are looking for a more flexible and efficient academic setting that allows them time to pursue career, artistic or athletic interests.
Nexus Academy of Indianapolis will have a strong focus on academics and college readiness, and will foster an appreciation of lifelong learning. Students will have access to core academic courses in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English as well as Advanced Placement and Honors courses. Foreign language offerings will include Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, German, Latin, and Sign Language. A wide array of electives will round out students’ educations and offer opportunities to explore different subjects like Digital Arts, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Engineering Design, Marine Science, and Game Design. Students may also participate in clubs and activities including Digital Storytelling, Debate and Chess, a Yearbook, an Environmental club, and much more. A robust education management system, Connexus®, will tie the online community together and provide students with access to lessons anywhere they have an Internet connection.
School officials are currently exploring campus sites in and around the greater Indianapolis area, and will soon announce both the school’s location and its Principal. Following a design custom-created by Godshall Kane Architects LLC, a Pennsylvania-based firm that specializes in school spaces, the Nexus Academy of Indianapolis campus will include “team” areas with casual seating for both collaborative and individual work, seminar-style classrooms where students meet with teachers in small groups, hands-on science and art labs, a café, and a fitness center outfitted with gym equipment and offering unique fitness options through qualified personal trainers.
Nexus Academy of Indianapolis will be operated by an independent, non-profit charter school board known as Better Blended Learning for Indiana, with its curriculum and other services provided by contract from Connections Learning, a division of Connections Education (www.ConnectionsEducation.com), a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable online and blended learning, which is accredited by AdvancED. Connections Education supports 24 Connections Academy full-time virtual schools nationwide, including Indiana Connections Academy, which has served Indiana students since 2010. In the 2012–13 school year, Nexus Academy schools serve students in Michigan and Ohio, with additional schools planned around the country in future years.
About Nexus Academy Schools
Nexus Academy schools are tuition-free, blended public high schools. In the 2012–13 school year Nexus Academy schools operate in Ohio and Michigan. Combing the best of online learning with an exciting campus environment, Nexus Academy schools offer a rigorous college preparatory education for students seeking a more personalized and flexible public school option. Nexus Academy students attend a physical campus where teachers interact with students both online and on-site, while campus-based “Success Coaches” help guide students through Connections Education’s comprehensive online high school curriculum. Nexus Academy Schools are part of the Connections Education family, a leading, fully-accredited provider of online learning in the U. S. that includes Connections Academy full-time virtual public schools for grades K–12 and Connections Learning online learning solutions for schools, districts, and other organizations. Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).
About Connections Education
Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online academy. In the 2012–13 school year, 24 Connections Academy virtual public schools will operate in 22 states and expect to serve more than 40,000 students from across the U.S. The Connections Learning division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K–12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. More than 1000 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the United States and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning products and services. Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).