East Valley School District Partners With Aventa Learning to Tackle Dropout Rate, Expand Learning Opportunities to All Students

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Customized Online Courses, Credit Recovery Program Allow At-Risk Students to Graduate at Their Own Pace

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East Valley School District exemplifies the ways that schools across the country are using our online educational services to reach out to at-risk students and special populations

When East Valley School District (EVSD) wanted to tackle its high school dropout challenges and expand educational opportunities to all students, it turned to one of the top providers of online educational services, Aventa Learning. The result, said Superintendent John Glenewinkel: "We have been able to educate more than 300 students through our EV Online Learning Program who otherwise might have dropped out."

Like his colleagues in school districts around the country, Glenewinkel is faced with leading a school district serving a community struggling with the economic downturn. But he is focused on the mission of continuing to improve student achievement, and customized online educational opportunities from Aventa Learning are helping EVSD reach its goals.

Glenewinkel said, "Aventa Learning has one of the best online products available. But it takes more than just a computer hook-up to provide students with a successful online educational experience. What really impresses me about Aventa Learning is that the company puts students first."

Continuing, he said, "What really sold our school board members on Aventa Learning was when students told them that the online courses allow them to complete their high school educations with a sense of dignity, at their own pace, and to overcome issues that might have prevented them from graduating."

Since 2002, Aventa Learning has partnered with more than 1,000 school districts around the country to ensure that all students are on the path to academic success. Aventa Learning offers one of the largest catalogs of online courses available today, including core curriculum, electives and world language courses for middle and high school, as well as Advanced Placement and credit recovery courses.

"East Valley School District exemplifies the ways that schools across the country are using our online educational services to reach out to at-risk students and special populations,"
said Gregg Levin, Vice President, Aventa Learning. "We are proud to partner with Superintendent Glenewinkel and his team to expand educational opportunities for his district's students."

East Valley wanted to provide a continuum of learning options for every student from those who are completely home-schooled to those who are in juvenile detention or other institutions. With Aventa Learning's extensive online course catalog and willingness to customize its offerings, the district has been able to achieve that goal.

"Today we are using Aventa Learning's original credit online courses and credit recovery program for our EV Online Learning Program to reach out to students who are professional athletes or have health issues," said Barbara Cruse, Principal of the Washington Academy of Arts and Technology, which houses all of EVSD's alternative programs. "Through the online courses, we have been able to bring back older students who had dropped out, and they have now graduated."

EVSD is even reaching out to the homeschooling community with Aventa Learning's online offerings. Superintendent Glenewinkel said, "At some point, homeschooled students often outpace their parents in subjects, such as math, foreign languages and science, and so we can offer them the opportunity to take Aventa courses through our HomeLink Program. We have been able to increase our homeschool enrollment and think it will continue to grow."

Another special population that EVSD is serving through Aventa Learning's online courses is teen parents. "Many teen mothers have trouble getting to school in the morning because of morning sickness or the time it takes to get a child ready," said Cruse. "Through our EV Online Learning Program, we utilize the Aventa courses to offer online courses in the morning and then they come to school in the afternoon."

She concluded, "Aventa Learning's teachers are outstanding, and they really work to make modifications and accommodations for our students. That has been a big part of our success."

About Aventa Learning
Aventa Learning is a leading provider of online learning for schools, districts and state departments of education. The company offers one of the largest catalogs of online courses, including core curriculum, electives, foreign language and Advanced Placement®. In addition, Aventa Learning provides instructional services, education continuity and credit recovery programs as well as professional development to help teachers engage their students in online learning. More than 1,000 virtual schools, charter schools, school districts and state education departments across the United States rely on Aventa Learning to expand educational opportunities to their students, help at-risk students succeed and accommodate students' unique scheduling needs, without adding staff or classrooms. For more information, visit http://www.aventalearning.com.

About KC Distance Learning
Headquartered in Portland, Ore., KC Distance Learning (KCDL) is a leading provider of online and distance learning programs for the K-12 education market through its company brands: Keystone National Middle School, Keystone National High School, Aventa Learning and iQ Academies. Over its 30-year history, KCDL has enriched the lives of more than 200,000 students, helping them reach their individual learning goals. KCDL offers online curriculum and instruction for middle school and high school students directly to families, including core, honors, foreign language and Advanced Placement courses. KCDL also provides to educational institutions and agencies a complete credit recovery program, middle and high school courses that augment existing school curriculum and comprehensive virtual school solutions. KCDL also partners with public school districts to offer a public, statewide tuition-free online education for students in grades 6-12 who want an alternative to a traditional school. For more information, visit http://www.kcdistancelearning.com.

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