Chino Valley school district creates online school
In an attempt to keep more students from leaving Chino Valley High School, the Chino Valley Unified School District is creating an online school: Arizona iAcademy.
CVHS Assistant Principal John Scholl said one of the reasons CVHS students are giving for leaving is because they are going to Primavera High School, an online high school.
Supt. Duane Noggle said, "CVHS is establishing a program to attempt to recapture these students as well as capture other area students who desire a strictly online learning opportunity."
"We're starting a school within a school," Scholl said. "The academy is strictly home-based learning."
He added, "Students (in the Arizona iAcademy) can take all the classes they need online to meet CVHS graduation requirements. They also retain their eligibility for athletics and Joint Technological Education District classes and the ability to take (regular) classes at CVHS."
Scholl said the district will use Mesa Distance Learning for its online provider.
Noggle said the advantage of using MDL is North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation, the full transferability of credits and a public school diploma.
Scholl said, "Six students have signed up for the academy without (CVHS) doing any advertising."
CVHS Principal Grant Turley said that means $12,000 for the district if the students stay in the academy all year.
Scholl said AiA is a perfect way to help home-school children and adults needing a regular high school diploma, not a General Education Development certificate.
In a year or two, he also would like to see CVUSD offer AiA classes to students in middle school or even in elementary school.