2013-06-20 / Sports

LSSU launches new ‘iCademy’ school

Charter school will be completely online

SAULT STE. MARIE – A new K-12 public online school chartered by Lake Superior State University and operated by a Michigan nonprofit company, recently announced the approval of its charter application by the Michigan Department of Education.

The online school – iCademy – founded by local manufacturing companies of Innotec Group, Innovative Education Services and Inno-Versity, is set to open in August with enrollment opening June 3.

“We are thrilled to be approved for our new online charter school,” said iCademy Board President Jerry Zandstra. “iCademy is at the forefront of the digital learning revolution. We are building a school that provides all children ready access to the latest digital technology and enables them to make meaningful connections with global schools far beyond our classroom.”

Zandstra said the tuition-free charter school is committed to providing an innovative, engaging learning environment that is also flexible and customized for each student. The school has Michigancertified teachers using innovative curriculum from a variety of curriculum providers, and software analytics that customizes student learning. Math, history, science, English, world languages, and electives are just some of what will be offered as part of its curriculum.

“We are excited to support the launch of a new online school in Michigan,” said Nick Oshelski, executive director of LSSU’s Charter School Office. iCademy is a blended model of learning with online and face-toface interaction between students and teachers. Students can learn in the comfort of their home, at their local library, or somewhere else in addition to classroom settings. With this blended learning approach, iCademy will open bricks-andmortar facilities in geographic locations throughout Michigan in relation to its students.

Open to all Michigan K-12 students, the first iCademy location will provide educational opportunities in the Holland/ Zeeland area. This location will be at the Innocademy Charter School on the Homestead Campus in Zeeland. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently visited the site. iCademy received a $110,000 planning grant from the Michigan Department of Education to help fund initial start-up costs.

For more information visit www.icademyglobal.org.

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