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Statewide Online School Announces Open Enrollment for Fall Quarter

Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

Minnesota - The Minnesota Center of Online Learning (MCoOL), a program of the Houston Public School District, has announced its open enrollment period for any student living in Minnesota. Students in grades K-12 can enroll until August 20 in the public school either full- or part-time for the upcoming 2010-11 school year, which begins September 7.

"MCoOL enrolls students from diverse backgrounds and provides them with a high-quality online curriculum backed by state-accreditation," said MCoOL Principal, Shel Hiscock. "Our goal is to help each student realize his or her full potential, and our Minnesota-licensed teachers actively engage with each student to achieve those results."

Courses are taught live via the internet, providing small group instruction and one-on-one support from teachers. The award-winning curriculum offers core courses such as English and math, along with extensive Advanced Placement® classes. Unique curriculum offerings - such as virtual science labs and a wide-range of foreign language courses for everything from Spanish to Chinese - provide students with unparalleled educational opportunities.

Any student living in Minnesota can take advantage of the flexible education option, including previously homeschooled students, athletes, performers and others with busy travel or work schedules, students with special needs and students seeking Advanced Placement courses or electives unavailable in their local school district.

"We maintain a strong commitment to personal attention and the academic success of our students," said Hiscock. "While we utilize cutting-edge technology to deliver education, we remain true to our family and community oriented roots by investing the time to get to know each student and tailor educational plans to meet individual needs and interests."

MCoOL staff and counselors work with each student to design an individually-tailored academic program designed to fit their learning needs, interests and post-high school goals. With a rich and comprehensive K-6 curriculum and more than 100 middle and high school courses available, students and counselors work together to create an optimal plan for each student. The award-winning curriculum includes core courses found in a traditional school setting, including math, science and English, as well as a wide range of electives including unique languages such as Chinese, Advanced Placement courses, and high-tech classes such as digital photography and game design.

This summer, MCoOL will host a series of informational open houses throughout the state, where staff and enrollment specialists will be available for prospective students and parents to ask questions about this unique education option. Those interested will be able to see a demonstration of how the school operates and what a virtual classroom looks like.

"MCoOL has created a complete online learning environment that brings together parents, teachers, academic counselors and student peers as partners to help each student succeed," said Hiscock. "We welcome any interested student or parent to attend an open house and learn more about our program."

To learn more, or for a complete list of open house dates and locations, please visit www.mcool.org or call 1-877-984-7587.


The Minnesota Center of Online Learning (MCoOL) is an accredited, public online school offering a unique education option for students in grades K-12. The rigorous curriculum and experienced, Minnesota-licensed teachers provide a high-quality education. A division of Houston Public Schools, MCoOL offers a rich and comprehensive K-6 curriculum, along with more than 100 middle and high school course offerings. A MCoOL counselor will work with the student and family to develop an individualized learning plan to meet each student's educational needs.

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