NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk Public School board members got the results of a study done on one of its new schools. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, also known as the open campus opened a year ago. It was created to increase the division’s high school graduation rate.
On Wednesday night, the board reviewed the nearly 100 page report that outlined the school’s successes and needs for improvement. The report, done by an independent agency, shows that overall the program is a success. However, there are some problems like combining students who are over age for grade and students that have already dropped out of school. School leaders say the findings will help them make future changes.
The open campus is already in its second year and it’s director says the program is needed. “It’s a great year. The year that started, it has started off well with 150 students and a waiting list,” said Director Daun Hester. “Students are excited and we are excited about having them.”
Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Thornton says the school will continue to be funded in this budget.
Dr. Tommy Chang (l), Superintendant of the Boston Public Schools talks with Emeka Nti (r) and Curtiss Stancil (center) of EdisonLearning in the above photo.
At the Council of the Great City Schools conference on October 10, 2015, in Long Beach, CA, superintendants from the nation's largest urban school districts learned abou how the Magic Johnson Bridgescape program can help reduce the graduation gap in their districts. Members of EdisonLearning's Sales team, and Thom Jackson, plus Chris Morrow of Magic Johnson Enterprises talked with the district leaders from Boston, Portland, Cleveland, Charlotte NC, Jackson MS, and Memphis TN at a special reception hosted by EdisonLearning.
Chaundria Smith, a successful educator with more than a decade of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, college professor, and school principal has been named Executive Director of Provost Academy Ohio.
“My career as an educator has shown me that the traditional school setting does not meet the needs of all students. For this reason, at Provost Academy Ohio we will pride ourselves on educating the ‘whole child’ through an online learning environment, as well as on-going mentoring and advising to ensure students receive the personalized attention they deserve,” Executive Director Smith said.
Prior to taking on her new role, Executive Director Smith was serving as a Director of Achievement for EdisonLearning in Cleveland. Previously, she was Principal of the Meridian Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., an Assistant Principal in the Hampton (Virginia) City Schools, and a Teacher and Department Chair in the Norfolk (Virginia) Public Schools. Since 2013, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Executive Director Smith has been recognized as the “Virginia Teacher of Promise”, and was the Norfolk Public Schools “Inspiration Award Winner” in Career & Technical Education.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Norfolk State University in Virginia; a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia; and is currently completing her Doctor of Education in Advanced Educational Leadership from Regent University. She is also certified as an International Baccalaureate Head of School, Certified Data Team Leader, and Certified Mentor.
“Today’s students learn much differently today than they did in the past,” students did just ten years ago,” Executive Director Smith said; “and students are clearly benefitting from an education, like the one they receive at Provost Academy, that utilizes stimulating virtual curriculum designed specifically for them.”
In contrast to other online learning programs, Provost Academy Ohio offers a robust, state-of-the-art curriculum with a strong base in math, science and technology, designed to be engaging, fun and targeted to multiple learning style. All courses can be adapted to fit a student’s individual needs, and content can be rearranged and customized for the individual student. Also, parents and students can easily monitor learning progress, assignments, and grades at a glance on their own personal home page.
Interested students in grades 6 through 12 can enroll in Provost Academy Ohio for the school year starting this fall online at www.oh.provostacademy.com or by phone at 888-262-1052.
Superintendents and public school administrators throughout the United States received the above email on October 2 promoting the Magic Johnson Bridgescape program. By clicking on the image, it takes the reader to a special landing page on the MJBA web site, where the recipient is able to view a video featuring Earvin “Magic” Johnson on the NBC Today Show, and allows them to view and download the new MJBA brochure. Members of the Business Development Sales team will be following up with all school district officials who seek more information.
Columbia, SC – The nationally-recognized educational accreditation organization – AdvanceED – has informed Provost Academy South Carolina that the school has met the “high standards” specified by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and has implemented “a continuous process of school improvement.”
Provost Academy Executive Director Stephanie Cagle said, “This accreditation announcement demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators.”
The AdvanceED - SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Provost Academy South Carolina is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”