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Montessori School of Covington to offer high school classes

COVINGTON -- The Montessori School of Covington is expanding to offer high school classes in conjunction with Georgia Cyber Academy beginning in the fall.

The public is invited to attend an informational program scheduled for 7 p.m. April 23 at Montessori School of Covington, which is located at 4108 Summers St. in Clark's Grove.

GCA is a SACS-accredited public charter school serving more than 12,000 students across the state. Content teachers are state board-certified, and high school students are eligible for the HOPE scholarship, Governor's Honors Program, career/technical courses, college coursework for credit and academic supports for special needs.

A Montessori education offers a hands-on approach to learning that allows students to advance through the curriculum at their own pace. Much like the environment currently provides for ages three through eighth grade at MSC, the new high school classes will deliver a rigorous curriculum through individualized learning plans with accommodations that foster different learning styles.

At MSC, high school students will have supervised use of technology and flexible class scheduling at the school's campus. MSC high school will incorporate extracurricular activities that encourage real-world application of learning, community service, leadership and peer mentoring, supported by an on-site learning coach/family facilitator. MSC high school will also prepare students for college by offering dual enrollment for 11th- and 12th-grade students, apprenticeships and internships and assistance with school research and selection.

Fifty students are enrolled at MSC, and school officials don't yet know how many the high school will serve.

Enrollment is now open for the 2013-14 school year. In order to be accepted into the MSC high school program, students must be enrolled in Georgia Cyber Academy. Prospective students should contact Georgia Cyber Academy via www.k12.com/gca/enroll prior to completing an MSC application.

School visits and interviews will be conducted while GCA enrollment is being processed. Students enrolled in GCA for the current school year only need to indicate their intent to re-register at the time of requesting an MSC application. Provisional students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as their enrollment with GCA is approved.

Founded in 1990, MSC is a private, nonprofit school.

More information is available by calling MSC at 770-788-7779 or visiting www.Montessori-Covington.org.