K-12 Online Private School Provides a Quality Academic Alternative for Minority Students
April 20, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education NewsPhiladelphia, PA – The Grace Academy Homeschooling, an online K-12 home education program, is offering an alternative to poorly-performing government academic programs. In a move to reverse the trends by which minority students score far below the national academic averages, The Grace Academy is offering affordable online courses to families who wish to avoid these pitfalls.
Jaekyung Lee, an associate professor for the Graduate School of Education at State University of New York at Buffalo, found that by 2014, less than 25% of black students will achieve National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) proficiency in reading, and less than 50% will achieve proficiency in math.
So why are homeschoolers so easily exceeding these low expectations? The Grace Academy’s founder Mimi Rothschild states, “The public school system simply does not care for the well-being of its students. Only the parent has the motivation and the power to enable their child to succeed. It’s amazing what parents can accomplish when they take the academic experience into their own hands.”
Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute conducted a wide-ranging study entitled Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers across America. Part of this study focused on the differences in the scholastic performance of publicly-educated minorities and minority homeschoolers. Ray found that homeschooled minorities scored in the 87th percentile in reading, 37 points higher than the national average. In math, Ray found that homeschooled minority students are in the 77th percentile, 27 points higher than the national average. Homeschooling effectively does away with the wide gap between white and minority scores.
These statistics stand in shocking contrast to the performance levels of minorities in public school programs. Minority students have historically scored well below the national average. According to the Associated Press, the average minority test scores are so low that many school districts have actually opted to omit the scores of minorities from their annual reports so they can meet No Child Left Behind standards.
“The Grace Academy offers an affordable solution to minority families,” says Rothschild. “In the past, homeschooling was only available to families that had a lot of time and money to devote to their child’s education. With help from our staff of teachers, we enable single parent and single-income families to provide a quality education to their children.”
The Grace Academy is a K-12 online homeschooling program that provides an affordable educational alternative to minority families. With its over 140 online homeschooling courses available 24/7, The Grace Academy is proving that minority families don’t have to settle for the status quo. To learn more about The Grace Academy, visit www.TheGraceAcademy.org.