Our goal is to enable many private schools to offer their unique educational perspective to currently enrolled students
Lynchburg, Va. (Vocus) February 23, 2010
Schools across the country are cutting costs, programs and teaching tools. But now private schools can find some help through Liberty University Online Academy. The online school today announced a program to deliver middle school and high school curriculum at no additional cost to private schools.
Liberty University Online Academy (LUOA) provides online homeschooling and school curriculum for grades 3-12. The university's Christian-centered approach is focused on spiritual and academic achievement delivered through a technological format.
With the new middle and high school partnership, LUOA hopes to support private schools with smaller student bodies that cannot generate the tuition to hire more teachers.
"Our goal is to enable many private schools to offer their unique educational perspective to currently enrolled students," said Jay Spencer, dean of online non-degree programs. "By partnering with us, these private schools can keep costs low and still provide the type of Christian education that families are searching for."
The online middle school and online high school's curriculum integrates with the regular coursework of private schools. Rather than hiring an additional teacher, students work in a computer lab setting. The computer system does 85 percent of the grading, while LUOA teachers grade essays and subjective material.
Since September 2009, the online Christian school has done beta tests with five private schools. The results were so favorable that LUOA is now rolling it out to the public.
"We decided to partner with LUOA in order to provide a solid, biblical curriculum for our students with the support of experienced teachers," said Jan Connor, reverend at Faith Baptist Christian Academy. "The process to get started was extremely smooth and the staff is always a blessing to work with, providing the support that we need, when we need it."
Currently, the 3-12 grade branch of the Academy enrolls 700 students. The online school expects the program to involve more than 2,000 students in the next year.
"We're excited to offer this," said Spencer. "It will help private schools continue their mission and purpose in students’ lives."
About Liberty University Online Academy
Liberty University Online Academy was created to provide students the support of a traditional, residential Academy while enrolled in a technology-based home-school academic program. Liberty University Online Academy exists to support parents and guardians in their biblical responsibility to nurture and train their children. Thus, the Academy provides opportunities that allow students to experience spiritual and academic development through an individualized, Christ-centered, technology-based, academic experience. Liberty University Online Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).