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Looking to options for schooling your children in the age of COVID-19? USD 259 has announced the launch of Education Imagine Academy, an innovative virtual school for students grades K-12. The school will be staffed with Kansas-certified instructors and counselors.

No, this isn’t parents teaching students at home. In fact, students in EI Academy receive a great deal of personal attention from teachers, learn in a safe environment, and have a quality education that helps each student achieve his or her highest potential.

According to USD 259 administrators, the program may be a best choice for students who:

Like one-on-one attention

Like the freedom to spend more time on certain subjects

Prefer to learn and study at home rather than in a traditional classroom

Prefer to work on school outside of regular school hours

At EI Academy, school counselors are available to assist students and their families with personal/social counseling, academic counseling, career and/or college planning, registering for the ACT, financial aid and scholarships, military and anything else that is needed to make the transition post-high school.

The academy’s curriculum is approved by the Kansas Department of Education. While the curriculum meets all state standards, it includes some creative classes, some that aren’t even available anywhere else in the district. EIA students can learn coding, 3D designing, game and music creation and participate in e-sports.

Since the coursework is assessed online, the district provides all EI Academy students with a computer with internet access. The computer remains the property of the district.

While EI Academy enrollment is not limited to just students otherwise eligible to attend USD 259, students must live within a 50-mile radius of Wichita’s center, which takes in Arkansas City to the south, Kingman and Hutchinson to the west, El Dorado to the east and both Newton and Hesston to the north.

Students receive progress reports weekly via the online learning management system and EIA students are required to take all district and state assessments.

Enrollment is now open for EI Academy classes that will begin in the fall. To learn more or to apply, visit usd259.org/eiacademy.

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