Access to Online Learning Improved for Independent Schools

K12 Inc. and VISNET today announced they have expanded access to a broader suite of online learning options to independent schools in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

VISNET, the Virtual Independent School Network, provides its member schools with access to online resources, such as courses, blended learning content, learning management systems, and academic support, as well as professional development opportunities. As part of its suite of online offerings, VISNET makes available to its schools K12's online catalog, including full-time online programs, credit recovery, core K-12 courses, world languages, AP(®), and high school electives.

Last year, VISNET served more than 50 independent schools in North Carolina, with over 1,800 enrollments in online and blended course options. For the 2012-2013 school year, VISNET is expanding its services to meet the growing needs of independent schools in three additional states. In addition, VISNET has enhanced its online course offering in all four states with Middlebury Interactive Languages, a joint venture that combines Middlebury College's language pedagogy with K(12)'s experience in online learning.

Available for kindergarten through eighth grade, the K(12®) curriculum incorporates animation, game simulations, avatars, and more.

Hands-on materials, ranging from K(12)-produced textbooks to CDs and classic literature, are integrated with online lessons. Adaptive courses in math for grades K-5 and reading remediation for grades 3-5 adjust to individual skill and knowledge levels.

Through VISNET, independent schools can access the following K(12) curricula:

  • For middle and high school students, Aventa Learning(®) by K(12) is a comprehensive online curriculum of over 170 standards-based online courses that cover all core subjects in three academic levels, plus world languages and electives. Courses feature a multimedia format that may include graphics, avatars, flash simulations, and videos.
  • For third through twelfth grade, Middlebury Interactive Languages(TM) provides schools and districts with online courses in five world languages. Middlebury courses are developed to meet national ACTFL standards.