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School district launches online diplomas: Offers only online option available to high school students statewide

The Arizona Grand Canyon Diploma - a component of the state's Move On When Ready initiative - is offered by a select number of Arizona schools and school districts. Beginning in August, PVSchools (Paradise Valley Unified School District) is offering the entire diploma program to Arizona students wherever they live, on their schedule and in the way today's students learn. Coursework will be delivered through its PVOnline K-12 online school.

The Arizona legislature introduced the Grand Canyon diploma in 2010 as an alternative to the state's traditional high school diploma. This optional diploma program increases student academic achievement and prepares them for college and careers, according to a news release. Earning the Arizona Grand Canyon High School Diploma signifies that a student has the core skills and knowledge to succeed in college-level courses without taking remedial (non-credit, high school-level) classes.

One-hundred-percent of PVOnline's teachers are highly qualified, fully certified by the state and demonstrate competence in each core academic subject area they teach, the release states. PVSchools has the highest concentration of National Board Certified Teachers - an elite minority of only 3 percent of all teachers - of any Arizona school district.

The online program offers students flexibility, the opportunity to move through the program in a cohort of their peers, accessibility to a college-bound/college-ready engaging curriculum, excellent preparation for today's higher education learning environment and state-of-the-art online educational technology.

"When our daughter was offered the opportunity to live and work abroad for a semester during her sophomore year in high school, one of our major concerns was her education," said Diane Lenniger, parent of a senior in the program. "The support and guidance that she received from PVOnline far exceeded our expectations."

To qualify for an Arizona Grand Canyon Diploma from PVSchools, students must pass rigorous end-of-course Quality Core exams administered by the ACT. The exams measure progress toward college and career readiness and level of understanding of subject areas. It also assesses whether or not students have sufficiently mastered the core subjects.

Because they can Move On When Ready, some students may be able to earn the diploma as early as the end of 10th grade.

For information, visit or call 602-449-2450.


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