Virtual school operator Connections Education is partnering with alternative education provider Ombudsman Educational Services to help Detroit students who have dropped out of high school earn the credits they need to graduate. The two organizations will operate Fusion Academy of Michigan, with space for 300 students in grades 9-12 during 2011-2012.
Connections Education Partners with Ombudsman Educational Services to Help Detroit-Area Residents Re-Enroll in and
Graduate from High School
Fusion Academy of Michigan will Deliver a Blended Learning Option for
Students who have Dropped Out of High School; Online and In-Person
Schooling at Detroit Learning Centers –
- Virtual school operator Connections Education is partnering with alternative education provider Ombudsman Educational Services to help Detroit students who have dropped out of high school earn the credits they need to graduate.
- The two organizations will operate Fusion Academy of Michigan, with space for 300 students in grades 9-12 during 2011-2012.
- People interested in attending Fusion Academy of Michigan can visit www.connectionsacademy.com/michigan or call (800) 382-6010.
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Detroit (June 6, 2011) – Virtual school operator Connections Education is partnering with alternative education provider Ombudsman Educational Services to help students in the Detroit area who have dropped out of high school earn the credits they need to graduate.
two organizations are creating an alternative, “blended” school called
Fusion Academy of Michigan that will combine online learning with
face-to-face instruction. Contract terms were not disclosed. Fusion
will open this fall with space for 300 students at two learning centers
in the Detroit metropolitan area, one in the Conner Creek neighborhood
and another near Grandmont-Rosedale.
many students need a flexible schedule due to work or family
responsibilities, Fusion Academy of Michigan will offer three daily
school sessions at each of its Detroit locations. Each
session will be four and one-half hours long, supplemented by additional
remote coursework. Students who are under the age of 20 as of August 31
and are identified in the Michigan Student Data System as having
withdrawn from school before completing 12th grade are eligible to attend. Tuition is free.
Fusion Academy of Michigan combines Connections Education’s curriculum
and technology with Ombudsman’s face-to-face instruction for students
who would benefit from a more structured environment or may not have
Internet access at home. This blended learning model offers an online
curriculum aligned to state standards, and personal support and small
group instruction led by highly qualified, certified Michigan teachers.
Connections Education and Ombudsman are accredited by AdvancEd,
the international organization that accredits public and private
schools. Connections Education’s Connections Academy public school
division was recently awarded with the United States Distance Learning
Association’s 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning for preK-12 programs.
living in the Detroit area who have left school have a new option to
earn their high school diploma through our accredited program,” said
Steven Guttentag, Chief Education Officer of Connections Education and
President of Connections Learning. “We are proud to partner with
Ombudsman, a leader in center-based alternative education, to offer our
proven online courses together with Ombudsman’s high-quality, in-person
will give students who have dropped out of school an alternate route to
a high school diploma,” said Mark Claypool, Ombudsman president and
CEO. “Fusion Academy of Michigan’s blended learning model offers young
people who have dropped out of school the ability to re-enroll, earn
their high school diploma and transition to a path toward their
post-secondary academic and career goals.”
Fusion, students who need to repeat a course can recover credits more
quickly or be on an accelerated path to graduation because the program
is mastery-based, meaning students can advance as they demonstrate
proficiency in the subject.
To learn more about Fusion Academy of Michigan, visit www.connectionsacademy.com/michigan or call (800) 382-6010.
About Connections Education
Education offers online schooling solutions for students in grades K
through 12. In the 2011-12 school year it plans to operate tuition-free
online Connections Academy school programs in 22 states, including
Michigan, and the National Connections Academy private school in all 50
states and outside the U.S. The Connections Learning division provides
online learning solutions for K-12 school districts and other education
organizations. For more information, call 800-382-6010, or visit www.ConnectionsEducation.com.
About Ombudsman Educational Services
Educational Services partners with more than 120 school districts in
nearly 20 states to provide alternative programs for students who have
dropped out of school and nontraditional learners who prefer a smaller
class size and personalized instruction, require a flexible schedule to
meet family or work commitments, or wish to recover credits to graduate.
Nationally, 85 percent of Ombudsman students graduate, earn credits or
return to their district school closer to or at grade level. Ombudsman
has educated more than 132,000 students since its founding in 1975. For
more information, visit www.ombudsman.com.
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