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St. Mark's to open new online high school

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on May 10, 2009 2:00 AM

A new high school is being added in Wayne County this fall, without the assistance of an engineer, contractor or even a building.

That's because it will be completely online.

"St. Mark's Academy provides an alternative for those middle and high school students whose needs are not being met in a traditional school setting," said Jamie Osborne, headmaster. "Our educational model is designed to provide a learning option that maximizes flexibility and personalization, without sacrificing academic quality."

The Christian school option is currently open for enrollment for grades 7-12. All academic courses are accredited, with a Christian leadership seminar and Bible course also offered, in addition to AP and honors courses.

A key feature of the school, Ms. Osborne said, is its 24/7 access to "e-instructors" -- content-area experts, many of whom are masters or Ph.D-level educators and are just a mouse click away.

It's just one more alternative for those who may not fit the mold of the traditional high school.

"Most often, we are forced to take a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to education," said Donna Antonopoulos, a middle school Spanish teacher from South Carolina who also serves as enrollment counselor for St. Mark's. "With this new school, we can provide a much more customized approach that addresses different learning styles and paces."

A series of virtual information sessions for parents and students is currently being planned, Ms. Osborne said.

For more information, visit the school's Web site at www.stmarksacademy.net or call 1-866-296-3140.