Wellspring Academy of California Announces Virtual Academy for Students Struggling with Obesity

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Renowned weight loss high school introduces new academic model, providing an innovative blended curriculum that is highly interactive and individualized for each student

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This model, in its different forms, is the future of education.

Wellspring Academy of California, a program of Wellspring, the leading provider of treatment programs for overweight young people, has announced a new and innovative partnership with Golden State Virtual Academy. As of Monday, April 9, students at Wellspring will benefit from a state-of-the-art, “blended” curriculum delivery model in a highly interactive and personalized format known as a “Virtual Academy.” This educational advance provides the structure and flexibility for students to efficiently earn their high school diplomas.

Wellspring Academy of California is committed to providing each student with an opportunity to receive a quality education, excel in the classroom and meet his or her academic goals, all while fully immersed in the activity, nutritional education, and cognitive-behavior therapy for which Wellspring is renowned,” said Don Burnard, Ed.D., Executive Director of Wellspring Academy. “As we continue our ongoing efforts to build a culture of achievement, we are excited to announce the launch of this new instructional model for our students.”

Golden State Virtual Academy delivers a high-quality, well-supported education based on best practices that combine academic rigor, flexibility and a strong support network to deliver successful student outcomes. All Golden State Virtual Academy courses are aligned to meet California state and national standards, and coursework utilizes a multimedia-based format to make learning more enjoyable.

“The new Virtual Academy offers a more comprehensive curriculum with a much broader selection of course offerings that can fill a wide variety of gaps in course credits,” said Dr. Burnard. “College-prep courses range from the core basics of math, English, science and social studies, to electives like graphic design, psychology and sociology, and include courses necessary to meet the requirements for admission into California’s UC system.”

Students will first get tested in order to place them in appropriate grade-level and ability courses, explained Dr. Burnard. They will then proceed through the course of study at their own pace, with the support of fully certified instructors online, as well as instructors onsite, in the classroom at Wellspring. Students will spend an average of 2-3 hours per day in the classroom plus a variety of assigned exercises including videos, reading assignments, simulations, games to help them review concepts and vocabulary, quizzes, discussions, and weekly projects. Combining an individualized curriculum with a low student-to-teacher ratio provides the student with unlimited support.

“We are excited to work and collaborate with Wellspring Academy to deliver a blended learning model that incorporates the best of online learning with face-to-face support and instruction on site,” said Randy Cook, Principal of Golden State Virtual Academy. “This is a learning model that will not only improve the current education delivery model, but transform it.”

He added: “This model, in its different forms, is the future of education. Wellspring students will soon realize that Golden State Virtual Academy and Wellspring Academy's blended education program is extremely student-centered and highly personalized for each learner. We are confident that these students will not only be more productive in this model, but will also demonstrate higher levels of academic achievement.”

Wellspring is America’s leading provider of weight-loss camps and residential treatment programs for overweight young people, families, and adults. Wellspring Camps and Wellspring Academies have helped thousands of overweight and obese individuals achieve dramatic weight loss, better fitness, and improved moods and self-confidence. With 15 programs nationwide and one in the UK, Wellspring programs have achieved among the best results ever reported in scientific journals for non-surgical weight loss programs for children, adolescents or adults. For more information, visit http://www.wellspringweightloss.com.

Wellspring is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC Health Group offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives.


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