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Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell to serve as GACHS Spring 2017 Commencement Speaker

News Release
For Immediate Release
April 27, 2017

Contact: Dr. Monica Henson, CEO/Superintendent
Office Phone: 404-937-5723
Email: monica.henson@gradgeorgia.com

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell to serve as GACHS Spring 2017 Commencement Speaker

Atlanta, Georgia (April 27, 2017) – Graduation Achievement Charter High School is thrilled to announce that Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell will serve as the speaker for its Spring 2017 Commencement. The ceremony is set to take place 11:00 am Saturday, June 10 at Georgia State University’s Student Center East Auditorium.

Attorney Mitchell is a passionate advocate for a safe, economically strong, and green Atlanta. Mitchell is especially zealous about education and the elevation of Atlanta’s youth.

“Learn as much as you can, as often as you can and never lose the spirit of being a student.” – Ceasar C.Mitchell

Mitchell has worked with youth for over 10 years in preparing them for college. His semi-annual College Prep Series is a program that emphasizes the importance of doing well on college admissions exams and educates families about the entire college admission process. The City Council President’s efforts to prepare Atlanta youth for achievement beyond high school make him the ideal candidate to speak to students at Graduation Achievement Charter High School’s Spring 2017 graduation ceremony.

Graduation Achievement Charter High School (GACHS) is the state’s first virtual charter high school, offering students an accredited online option for obtaining a high school diploma. It is a statewide, single-school district serving more than 1,500 students in more than 230 cities and towns across the state of Georgia. GACHS has students in more than 75% of the counties in Georgia. http://www.gradgeorgia.com/

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Graduation Achievement Charter High School Announces RaShaun Holliman as Graduation Speaker

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Gale Stein
May 16, 2016 Gale.Stein@gradgeorgia.com | 404-481-2390
Graduation Achievement Charter High School
Announces RaShaun Holliman as Graduation Speaker
Vice President of Outreach and Communications for the Georgia Charter School Association to address families at Spring Commencement

[ATLANTA]–Graduation Achievement Charter High School (GACHS), a statewide public charter high school district, is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for its fourth spring commencement planned for June 11, 2016, at Georgia State University’s Student Center Ballroom.

RaShaun Holliman, Vice President of Outreach and Communication for the Georgia Charter School Association, will address students and families of this virtual public high school serving students across the state of Georgia.

“We are delighted to have RaShaun Holliman speak to our students. He is a lifelong learner with a passion for student success. Our students will be motivated and energized by hearing him,” said Dr. Monica Henson, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for GACHS.

Holliman has a diverse career experience in the field of education, including work in Columbus, Ohio as Principal of Focus Learning Academy. Focus, like GACHS, is a dropout prevention charter high school. Prior to joining the founding staff at Focus Learning Academy East, he was a content editor for McGraw-Hill, concentrating on writing and developing innovative textbooks and materials for elementary students across the country. He worked as a parent liaison for the Columbus City Schools, working to get parents more involved in the school and their child’s academics. He was also an instructor at Life Skills Center of Northern Columbus.

Holliman said he is passionate about education. His goal in life is to encourage low- income and minority students to see that education is the gateway to the American dream for students whose backgrounds are similar to his. He is also active in the local metro community, having served as Chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit K and was a 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow and board member.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Holliman earned his B.A. in political science from Wright State University and master’s degree in educational leadership from Capella University. Holliman said that his greatest accomplishment is his 12-year-old son, Jaden.

Unlike a traditional high school setting, GACHS offers a blend of online learning and one-on-one and small group instruction for students who may require it. Operating as a blended learning environment, where students have the option of attending high school by logging into their home computers or by attending one of six Graduation Achievement Centers strategically located across the state, GACHS is poised to achieve higher levels of academic success.

For more information about enrolling with GACHS for fall semester, call 844-776-8678 or visit www.GradGeorgia.com.
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Edgenuity Expands Instructional Services Offering to Georgia’s Graduation Achievement Charter High School

Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions, announced today that Graduation Achievement Charter High School (GACHS) in Atlanta, Georgia has selected Edgenuity’s Instructional Services offering and curriculum as the school’s primary learning solution. The partnership highlights Edgenuity’s ability to offer flexible, engaging instruction across a wide variety of programs and settings to meet the specific goals of schools and districts.

GACHS (formerly Provost Academy Georgia) is a virtual public charter high school that serves students in grades 9-12. The school’s mission is to provide historically underserved students with a flexible and highly individualized virtual school experience. Edgenuity’s comprehensive Instructional Services offering provides standards-aligned courses taught by qualified, state-certified virtual instructors who deliver on-demand, data driven instruction. The program will be implemented for over 2,000 GACHS students beginning the 2015-2016 school year.

“As a virtual school, GACHS prides itself on identifying and offering top-quality online curriculum and instruction to our students,” said Dr. Monica Henson, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer at GACHS. “Edgenuity was the perfect fit for GACHS because its Instructional Services offering provides best-in-class online instruction, remediation, and motivation, ensuring that our unique student body will receive the personalized help they need, when they need it.”

Edgenuity’s virtual instructors and coaches partner with schools to help ensure student success by offering the following:

  •     Virtual Teachers: Proactive instruction, remediation, and motivation
  •     Curriculum: Engaging instruction and interactive learning tools
  •     Real-Time Data: Actionable measures of student progress, performance, and attendance
  •     Concept Coaches: Real-time, on-demand tutoring in core subjects
  •     Success Coaches: Counselor to full-time online students
  •     School/District Mentors: On-site mentor, coach, and facilitator

“We are delighted that GACHS selected Edgenuity’s Instructional Services solution to help drive better outcomes for their students,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity. “Our courses, taught by our highly qualified, state-certified teachers, ensure that schools’ online learning programs reach their full potential.”

About Edgenuity
Edgenuity provides engaging online education solutions that propel success for every student, empower every teacher to deliver more effective instruction, and enable schools and districts to meet their academic goals. Edgenuity delivers a range of Core Curriculum, AP®, Elective, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Credit Recovery courses aligned to the rigor and high expectations of state, Common Core and iNACOL standards and designed to inspire life-long learning. Fully flexible for use in any blended or online learning model, Edgenuity supports an environment where personalized learning is possible. With more than 200 semester-long courses and growing, Edgenuity is driving outcomes for millions of students in schools and districts across the country. For more information, and to see Edgenuity in action, visit Edgenuity.com.

Contacts:
Hayley Milbourn
Sloane & Company
212-446-1870
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Leslie Sobon
Edgenuity
877-202-0338
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Georgia Charter School Taps Blended Learning Provider for Curriculum, Virtual Instructional Services

By Joshua Bolkan

08/18/15

Atlanta’s Graduation Achievement Charter High School (GACHS) will deploy curriculum from a provider of blended learning tools for more than 2,000 students.

The virtual public charter school aims “to provide historically underserved students with a flexible and highly individualized virtual school experience,” according to a news release.

The school settled on curriculum from Edgenuity, which will also be providing instructional services offered by state-certified virtual instructors.

In addition to instructors and curriculum, the company will provide real-time progress and performance data, concept coaches for on-demand tutoring, success coaches for counseling of fully online students and an on-site mentor.

“As a virtual school, GACHS prides itself on identifying and offering top-quality online curriculum and instruction to our students,” said Monica Henson, superintendent and CEO at GACHS, in a prepared statement. “Edgenuity was the perfect fit for GACHS because its Instructional Services offering provides best-in-class online instruction, remediation and motivation, ensuring that our unique student body will receive the personalized help they need, when they need it.”

About the Author

Joshua Bolkan is the multimedia editor for Campus Technology and THE Journal. He can be reached at jbolkan@1105media.com.

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Atlanta Welcomes New Graduation Program for High School Drop Outs

Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia Provide
Students a Second Chance to Earn Public High School Diploma

Atlanta Welcomes New Graduation Program for High School Drop Outs

ATLANTA–Provost Academy Georgia (PAGA), a statewide public charter high school district, recently announced the opening of a new center aimed at helping teens graduate from high school. Located in Atlanta at 100 Edgewood Avenue, N.E., Suite 915, the Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia are tuition-free programs designed to provide high school-age students who have dropped out of school (or are at risk of dropping out) with the opportunity to earn a standard Georgia public high school diploma.The center will host an open house event on July 31, 2014, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

“We are committed to seeing students thrive in the classroom and beyond. Our program gives students a second chance at a top-notch education,” said PAGA Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Henson. “Our ultimate goal is to provide students with the tools needed for success by providing a classroom curriculum uniquely designed to challenge and motivate them to become better, more engaged students.”

Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia, formerly known as Magic Johnson Bridgescape®, are tuition-free programs open to students ages 14 to 20 who have left school or are considering leaving school but want to earn a standard high school diploma.

“We are inviting the entire community to come and visit us during our open house event to get a glimpse into all the benefits of the program and an understanding of this unique opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma, rather than a GED,” said Henson. “We are looking forward to providing students with this valuable educational resource and accomplishing tremendous success in Atlanta and across the great state of Georgia.”

Earlier this year, the MJB centers closed its doors as Provost restructured its relationship with education partner EdisonLearning. “We had to close the doors of the MJB centers due to a delay in state funding. Magic Johnson Bridgescape® is a national franchise keyed to an urban population, and our Board made the decision that our center model should be tailored specifically to the needs of our students in Georgia, many of whom live in rural areas,” said Henson. Provost Academy Georgia now controls the organization’s financial model and back office support. Edison Learning will serve as the curriculum vendor. Because of PAGA’s unique mission and organizational structure, it took several months for state agencies to determine how best to calculate funding for PAGA students.

“After receiving notice of adequate funding from the State of Georgia going forward, restructuring our vendor relationship with EdisonLearning, and developing a program focused on the needs of Georgia students, we are positioned to offer an even better graduation solution for students throughout the state.”

Unlike a traditional high school setting, Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia offer a unique blend of online learning and one-on-one and small group instruction available for students who may require it. The center is staffed with educational teams to assist students in their daily studies, including Georgia-certified teachers, counselors, and other professionals who work together to provide academic support and post-graduation assistance for students, including those with learning disabilities.

The center located in Atlanta will be open for both morning and afternoon sessions. Additional centers are located in Augusta, Savannah, and Macon, with new locations planned in southwest and northwest Georgia later this year.

For more information about enrollment, call 844-PROVOST (776-8678) or visit www.GradGeorgia.com.
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Augusta Welcomes New Graduation Program for High School Drop Outs

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Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia Provide
Students a Second Chance to Earn Public High School Diploma

Augusta Welcomes New Graduation Program for High School Drop Outs

ATLANTA–Provost Academy Georgia (PAGA), a statewide public charter high school district, recently announced the opening of a new center aimed at helping teens graduate from high school. Located in Augusta at 360 Bay Street in Old Town, Second Floor, the Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia are tuition-free programs designed to provide high school-age students who have dropped out of school (or are at risk of dropping out) with the opportunity to earn a standard Georgia public high school diploma.The center will host an open house event on July 24, 2014, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

“We are committed to seeing students thrive in the classroom and beyond. Our program gives students a second chance at a top-notch education,” said PAGA Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Henson. “Our ultimate goal is to provide students with the tools needed for success by providing a classroom curriculum uniquely designed to challenge and motivate them to become better, more engaged students.”

Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia, formerly known as Magic Johnson Bridgescape®, are tuition-free programs open to students ages 14 to 20 who have left school or are considering leaving school but want to earn a standard high school diploma.

“We are inviting the entire community to come and visit us during our open house event to get a glimpse into all the benefits of the program and an understanding of this unique opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma, rather than a GED,” said Henson. “We are looking forward to providing students with this valuable educational resource and accomplishing tremendous success in Augusta and across the great state of Georgia.”

Earlier this year, the MJB centers closed its doors as Provost restructured its relationship with education partner EdisonLearning. “We had to close the doors of the MJB centers due to a delay in state funding. Magic Johnson Bridgescape® is a national franchise keyed to an urban population, and our Board made the decision that our center model should be tailored specifically to the needs of our students in Georgia, many of whom live in rural areas,” said Henson. Provost Academy Georgia now controls the organization’s financial model and back office support. Edison Learning will serve as the curriculum vendor. Because of PAGA’s unique mission and organizational structure, it took several months for state agencies to determine how best to calculate funding for PAGA students.

“After receiving notice of adequate funding from the State of Georgia going forward, restructuring our vendor relationship with EdisonLearning, and developing a program focused on the needs of Georgia students, we are positioned to offer an even better graduation solution for students throughout the state.”

Unlike a traditional high school setting, Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia offer a unique blend of online learning and one-on-one and small group instruction available for students who may require it. The center is staffed with educational teams to assist students in their daily studies, including Georgia-certified teachers, counselors, and other professionals who work together to provide academic support and post-graduation assistance for students, including those with learning disabilities.

The center located in Augusta will be open for both morning and afternoon sessions. Additional centers are located in Atlanta, Savannah, and Macon, with new locations planned in southwest and northwest Georgia later this year.

For more information about enrollment, call 844-PROVOST (776-8678) or visit www.GradGeorgia.com.
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Savannah Welcomes New Graduation Program for High School Drop Outs

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Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia Provide
Students a Second Chance to Earn Public High School Diploma

Savannah Welcomes New Graduation Program for High School Drop Outs

ATLANTA–Provost Academy Georgia (PAGA), a statewide public charter high school district, recently announced the opening of a new center aimed at helping teens graduate from high school. Located in Savannah at 6001 Chatham Center Drive, Orleans Building, Suite 350, the Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia are tuition-free programs designed to provide high school-age students who have dropped out of school (or are at risk of dropping out) with the opportunity to earn a standard Georgia public high school diploma.The center will host an open house event on July 10, 2014, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

“We are committed to seeing students thrive in the classroom and beyond. Our program gives students a second chance at a top-notch education,” said PAGA Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Henson. “Our ultimate goal is to provide students with the tools needed for success by providing a classroom curriculum uniquely designed to challenge and motivate them to become better, more engaged students.”

Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia, formerly known as Magic Johnson Bridgescape®, are tuition-free programs open to students ages 14 to 20 who have left school or are considering leaving school but want to earn a standard high school diploma.

“We are inviting the entire community to come and visit us during our open house event to get a glimpse into all the benefits of the program and an understanding of this unique opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma, rather than a GED,” said Henson. “We are looking forward to providing students with this valuable educational resource and accomplishing tremendous success in Augusta and across the great state of Georgia.”

Earlier this year, the MJB centers closed its doors as Provost restructured its relationship with education partner EdisonLearning. “We had to close the doors of the MJB centers due to a delay in state funding. Magic Johnson Bridgescape® is a national franchise keyed to an urban population, and our Board made the decision that our center model should be tailored specifically to the needs of our students in Georgia, many of whom live in rural areas,” said Henson. Provost Academy Georgia now controls the organization’s financial model and back office support. Edison Learning will serve as the curriculum vendor. Because of PAGA’s unique mission and organizational structure, it took several months for state agencies to determine how best to calculate funding for PAGA students.

“After receiving notice of adequate funding from the State of Georgia going forward, restructuring our vendor relationship with EdisonLearning, and developing a program focused on the needs of Georgia students, we are positioned to offer an even better graduation solution for students throughout the state.”

Unlike a traditional high school setting, Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia offer a unique blend of online learning and one-on-one and small group instruction available for students who may require it. The center is staffed with educational teams to assist students in their daily studies, including Georgia-certified teachers, counselors, and other professionals who work together to provide academic support and post-graduation assistance for students, including those with learning disabilities.

The center located in Savannah will be open for both morning and afternoon sessions. Additional centers are located in Atlanta, Augusta, and Macon, with new locations planned in southwest and northwest Georgia later this year.

For more information about enrollment, call 844-PROVOST (776-8678) or visit www.GradGeorgia.com.
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