New Maryland H.S. offers alternative path

Prince George’s County Public Schools of Maryland is opening a new high school September 7. But there won't be any ribbon-cutting ceremony. Nor did the school cost millions to build, as most new schools do today. That's because Prince George's County's latest is a hybrid virtual high school for students in its alternative school program.

“Virtual education affords us the opportunity to craft distinctive learning experiences and environments for students who are better suited to non-traditional learning," commented Dr. Bonita Coleman-Potter, Deputy Superintendent for Prince George’s County Public Schools."We are confident that our new hybrid virtual high school will help our students achieve academic and social success and are very pleased to be working with such a highly regarded organization as Connections Academy.”

ACCESS Online is a program of the Prince George’s County Public Schools Office of Portfolio Schools/High School Consortium and will blend virtual learning and the bricks- and-mortar classroom to provide an innovative option for students in grades 11 and 12 who, for a variety of reasons, need an alternative to the traditional classroom. Certified teachers will interact with students both online and in a bricks-and-mortar classroom that will be based at the Annapolis Road Academy in Bladensburg. Students will benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized learning plans that are tailored to each student’s educational needs.

Students will gain the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas with courses such as English, algebra, world history, biology, environmental science, technology and others.

“At Connections Academy we are passionate about providing educational solutions that foster educational success and we are proud to partner with Prince George’s County Public Schools to offer this unique high school option,” said Mickey Revenaugh, Senior Vice President for State Relations at Connections Academy.