K12 Inc. Honors Six School Districts for Innovative Use of Online Learning

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Monday, October 28th 2013
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Digital Learning Company Announces 2013 Transformation Award Winners

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation's leading provider of proprietary curricula and online education programs for students in pre-kindergarten through high school, today honored six school districts that have transformed education for their students through innovative online programs. The winners of the K12® 2013 Transformation Award were each selected for a transformative practice that resulted in improving the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and success of online learning, ultimately leading to improved student outcomes.

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"These school districts are proving every day that through blended and online learning they can successfully address the individual needs of more of their students," said Gregg Levin, senior vice president of K12's school and district partnerships. "We are very proud to partner with each of these districts, working together to provide solutions to help their students achieve their academic goals."

The winners will be honored this week at the Blended and Online Learning Symposium, a conference hosted by the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), in Orlando, Florida. The following are 2013 Transformation Award recipients:

Bend-La Pine School District (Oregon) – Award Winner for Taking a Comprehensive, Open Approach to Serving Students across the District, Effectively Providing a School of One to Meet Students' Individual Needs

When Bend-La Pine School District launched its online charter high school nine years ago, its initial goal was to provide supplemental online courses for struggling students and advanced learners. In response to community support and demand for more online options, Bend decided to aggressively expand its online programs in 2012, with the goal of using online options to meet the needs of each student in the district - essentially offering a school of one.  Today, using a variety of K12 solutions, the district serves students from pre-K through 12th grade through full-time and part-time online programs, as well as credit recovery and supplemental programs, in a variety of learning environments.  Students enjoy a broad range of curriculum options, scheduling flexibility, and teacher support designed to meet each individual's needs.  District policies allow for learning to be customized for each student, including matching the pace of the course to the student's level of understanding – and Bend uses online learning to individualize the pace of instruction across a wide range of courses.  Further, Bend implemented a policy that keeps enrollment open all year, removing yet another barrier to truly meeting their students' needs.  Today, Bend-La Pine serves more than 2,000 students annually through its online programs.

Lacey Township School District (New Jersey) – Award Winner for Leading Online Learning Initiatives in its State and Leveraging Online Learning Programs to Continue Learning in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy