St. Helena Parish School System Partners with Online Education Service Company to Build Tuition-Free Virtual Academy

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Proximity Learning Inc. (PLI), a virtual staffing service company connecting highly qualified teachers with students in grades K-12, is proud to announce a new partnership with St. Helena Parish School System (SHPSS) establishing a virtual academy for students in grades 6-12.

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“At St. Helena Parish, we are committed to enhancing and creating new academic programs to meet the diverse interests and circumstances of every student,” said Kelli Joseph, Superintendent of St. Helena Parish School System

Proximity Learning Inc. (PLI), a virtual staffing service company connecting highly qualified teachers with students in grades K-12, is proud to announce a new partnership with St. Helena Parish School System (SHPSS) establishing a virtual academy for students in grades 6-12.

Through St. Helena's partnership, middle and high school students will be able to access live, interactive instruction from state-certified teachers remotely via any internet connected device. St. Helena will provide the curriculum and schedule for classes and Proximity Learning will provide the teachers as well as the Chromebooks and headsets for participating students.

“The St. Helena Virtual Academy is transforming and expanding the educational opportunity for students in St. Helena,” said Proximity CEO Evan Erdberg. “This innovative partnership will help keep students on the path to academic success while providing them access to the best teachers in the country. In addition to core curriculum instruction, the virtual academy will provide students the opportunity to take career, technology and foreign language courses that may not be offered in a traditional school setting.”

Proximity’s virtual schools are designed with school districts and offer a tuition-free public education to all students, including those with disabilities and special needs, as well as those who are financially restricted or prefer homeschooling. Students with incomplete credits or that desire to graduate early are also welcomed to attend the academy to complete their high school diploma.

“At St. Helena Parish, we are committed to enhancing and creating new academic programs to meet the diverse interests and circumstances of every student,” said Kelli Joseph, Superintendent of St. Helena Parish School System. “Through our partnership with Proximity Learning, we have established a high-quality Virtual Academy that will offer our students the opportunity to receive instruction from outstanding teachers in a remote environment that meets their lifestyle and schedule."

Students interested in enrolling in the St. Helena Parish Virtual School for the 2019-2020 school year can visit https://www.proxlearn.com/st-helena-virtual-public-school to learn more and register.

In addition to providing state certified teachers and accredited courses, the virtual academy will also provide one-on-one tutoring and parent teacher conferences.

Proximity currently provides teachers in St. Helena high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools across the parish. The classes are streamed into physical classrooms at the academy and a Proximity-trained classroom facilitator is both physically present in the room, as well as in the online environment to monitor student activity. The classroom facilitator monitors student behavior, provides encouragement, and assists the Proximity teacher as needed.

With U.S. teacher shortages at an all-time high, Proximity offers school districts across the country with a solution to fill teacher vacancies with highly qualified teachers. Proximity works with each school individually to fully align with their bell schedule, parent teacher conference night, grading expectations, and curriculum adoption.

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Proximity Learning, Inc.

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