Sunday, May 17, 2009

First 100% Online Christian School

St. Mark's Academy is a brand new Christian middle and high school located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The opening of a new middle and high school is not very notable except that St. Mark's claims to be the very first of its kind. St. Mark's offers a 100% online, fully accredited, middle and high school curriculum. 

I have been blogging about the pending change in education for some time now. I believe that online learning will become the dominant form of learning within 20 years. St. Mark's is certainly one of the first, if not the first, Christian school to offer a completely online program. There are many educational companies that offer online courses to augment the course catalogue of existing schools (Michigan Virtual University and Seven Star Academy to name two), but there aren't very many dedicated online schools. 

In exploring St. Mark's website, I was very impressed by the rich courses that are offered. St. Mark's offers every class you would expect to find in a middle or high school and many classes that you would only find at very prestigious and well funded schools such as AP courses and honors sections of core classes. 

Online learning continues to make strides. St. Mark's is positioned to be a leader in he coming educational shift. 

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