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High-achieving students now eligible for online-earned diploma

PRESCOTT - High-achieving students who wish to jumpstart their education with a rigorous, on-line college preparatory experience will soon have the opportunity to earn an alternative to a traditional high school diploma.

As of Aug. 2015, the Arizona Grand Canyon Diploma will be offered to all Arizona students who are deemed eligible, students with core skills and knowledge to succeed in college-level courses without taking remedial, non-credit high school classes, according to a news release from the Paradise Valley United School District.

The diploma is an innovative component to the state's "Move On When Ready Initative' for students who wish to participate in an online schooling program.

The state Legislature introduced the Grand Canyon diploma five years ago as an alternative to the traditional diploma program.

"This optional, challenging diploma program increases student academic achievement and prepares them for college and careers,' the news release said.

All of the PVOnline teachers are highly qualified, with PVSchools boasting the highest concentration of National Board Certified Teachers, an elite group of only 3 percent of all U.S. teachers.

This diploma progam offers students flexibility, accessibility to college-bound, college-ready engaging curriculum, and excellent preparation for today's learning environment and state-of-the-art online educational technology, the news release said. Students are able to move at their own pace, and therefore, some students could earn the diploma at the end of 10th grade or at completion of 11th or 12th grades.

One mother said this was ideal for her daughter who spent a semester abroad in her sophomore yearbut suffered no disruption in her honors-level courses. Upon her return she was ready for her junio year, and she self-discipline and time-management skills, the release said.

To qualify for an Arizona Grand Canyon Diploma from PVSchools, students must pass challenging quality core exams that measure progress toward college and career readiness, the release said.

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