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Nexus Academy of Royal Oak Approved for the 2013–14 School Year

-- Third Tuition-Free Public High School in Michigan to “Blend” College-Prep Education in the Classroom and Online --

ROYAL OAK, MI (March 8, 2013) – High school students in Michigan have a new “blended” college-preparatory, tuition-free public school option near Detroit that delivers the best of online and classroom education in a non-traditional campus setting. Nexus Academy of Royal Oak has been approved for the 2013–14 school year by Central Michigan University, the state’s premier charter authorizer.

“We are thrilled that this brand new campus has been approved to serve high school students in the 2013–14 school year,” said Ronald D. Bush, II, Board Chair of Nexus Academy of Royal Oak and owner of Cloverleaf Consulting Group. “Our certified, full-time teachers trained in blended learning will work with students to develop key skills for life-long success. Students in Greater Metro Detroit deserve this high-quality public school option and we look forward to helping them succeed.”

The academy will serve a maximum of 300 students to ensure personalized attention. Families and students seeking more information about enrollment can visit www.NexusAcademySchool.com/Blended-School/Michigan, call 888–533–6360, or attend free informational meetings hosted by school officials starting early spring 2013.

An open enrollment public high school, Nexus Academy of Royal Oak will join its sister schools in Michigan—Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids and Nexus Academy of Lansing, which both opened for the 2012–13 school year—to offer a comprehensive high school experience in a highly personalized, innovative, and flexible school setting. Students will attend morning or afternoon classes on the school’s unique campus, allowing time in the school day for internships, college dual enrollment, and personal pursuits such as performing arts or sports. Campus-based licensed teachers and “Success Coaches” will help guide students through the curriculum, while guidance counselors and College Advising Services will help them navigate college and career decisions.

“Now students in Royal Oak and the surrounding metro communities can earn an award-winning, college-prep education under a specialized blended learning plan that accommodates and enhances their current academic levels,” said Mickey Revenaugh, co-founder of Connections Education and executive vice president for Connections Learning.

Nexus Academy of Royal Oak will be governed by a local Board of Trustees, while its curriculum and other services will be contracted by Connections Learning, a division of Connections Education a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable online and blended learning, which is accredited by AdvancED.

School leaders expect Nexus Academy of Royal Oak 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. All Nexus Academy of Royal Oak students will be provided with a laptop and access to Connexus®, an education management system which offers students the flexibility to learn anywhere they have an internet connection on campus, at home, at libraries, and more.

“We are pleased to welcome Nexus Academy of Royal Oak into our family of schools and to provide high school students with the excellent education options they deserve. This innovative and flexible model will provide an excellent environment for learning,” said Cindy Schumacher, Executive Director of The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University.

Nexus Academy of Royal Oak 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 provide opportunities for students to explore different subjects like first-of-its-kind Juilliard eLearning music courses, 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.

School officials are currently finalizing negotiations on a campus site in the Royal Oak area that will integrate with the community’s vital arts and business environment, and are expecting to soon announce both the specific location and Principal. Following a design custom-created by Godshall Kane Architects LLC, a Pennsylvania-based firm that specializes in school spaces, the Nexus Academy of Royal Oak 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, and an exercise studio with gym equipment and unique fitness options such as yoga and access to qualified personal trainers.

The enrollment process officially opened at Nexus Academy of Royal Oak on March 4, 2013, for the 2013–14 school year. For more information, visit www.NexusAcademySchool.com or call 888–533–6360.

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 and in 2013–14 will add Indiana. 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 teachers and “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).