Carpe Diem Expands 21st Century Approach to Learning

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Cutting-edge charter school to open new Scottsdale EduCenter in July

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Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School has “seized the day” and changed the face of education. This rapidly expanding, nationally accredited, tuition-free public school integrates teacher-proven instructional strategies with today’s technology to equip students with the skills they need to thrive in the global marketplace. As their motto states, Carpe Diem gives students “The Power to Choose – Your Place (Online) or Our Place (On Campus).” Now, a Carpe Diem education is even easier to achieve with the addition of two new EduCenters, one in Scottsdale and one in Mesa, to join the school’s other two EduCenters in Yuma and San Tan Valley.

While the Carpe Diem campus in Yuma combines online learning with four days per week of classroom instruction, the school’s EduCenters (learning centers) will be available to students in Scottsdale, Mesa, San Tan Valley and Yuma who choose to learn primarily online, dropping by the EduCenters once a week for additional help and instruction. The Education 2020 building located at 7303 E. Earll Drive will be home to the Scottsdale EduCenter. The Mesa EduCenter, located at 6555 E. Southern Avenue, will provide easy access for Mesa students. The Yuma EduCenter is located at 1418 S. Yuma Palms Parkway. San Tan Valley students will find their local EduCenter at 2510 E. Hunt Highway.

Enrollment for grades 7-12 is currently being accepted, and two live enrollment events will take place on Saturday, July 30. The Scottsdale EduCenter will be open from 11am to 2pm. Parents and students can speak with school representatives, enroll for the 2011/2012 school year, and enter for a chance to win one of three iPads. A promotional tent at Superstition Springs Mall will offer enrollment from 4pm to 9pm during the Summer Concert Series. Parents are asked to bring a birth certificate and immunization records for each student they wish to enroll.

Carpe Diem’s approach to learning allows students to learn independently while enjoying lesson support provided by a group of dedicated, highly qualified teachers. The school offers flexible, individualized education plans that engage today’s tech-savvy students and require subject mastery, not just course completion. Self-paced instruction is supported with offerings like year-round start dates, early graduation options, college credit opportunities and online support as needed. Students take charge of the location and pace of their work while progress is tracked and rewarded online.

Understanding the ever-changing nature of technology in the global marketplace, Carpe Diem encourages students to use their iPads, smartphones and iPods in their learning. The school uses the latest online curriculum, the e2020 comprehensive learning system for instruction, and the uBoost online recognition and reward system for progress tracking. Parents can stay involved personally through a secure online portal that provides them with real time student data, including attendance, grades and academic progress.

At the same time, the importance of community, collaboration and face-to-face communication is not forgotten, which is the beauty of the “Your Place (Online), Our Place (On Campus)” philosophy. Carpe Diem teachers work with students one-on-one and strive to build and maintain a learning community that maximizes beneficial student, teacher and parent relationships.

Carpe Diem currently operates locations in Yuma and San Tan Valley. In addition to the new Scottsdale and Mesa EduCenters, Carpe Diem has plans to open five more Phoenix Learning Centers in the next few years. Carpe Diem is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and AdvanceED™. More information is available online at CarpeDiemSchools.com.

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About Carpe Diem
Carpe Diem is an Arizona charter school whose 21st century approach to learning integrates teacher-proven instructional strategies with today’s technology to equip secondary school students with the skills they need in the global marketplace. As a top-ranking Arizona charter school with impressive achievement scores, Carpe Diem’s approach to learning combines independent, online coursework with focused one-on-one instruction to create a high-quality, customizable curriculum for students in grades 7-12. Carpe Diem has four locations: Yuma, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona. Carpe Diem is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and AdvanceED™.

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Karen Gavender
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http://www.carpediemschools.com

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