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Pivot Charter School Receives WASC Accreditation

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Pivot Charter School, North Bay, a tuition-free public charter school serving students, grades 6-12, in Sonoma and surrounding counties, announced today that it has received full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional organizations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. The rigorous WASC accreditation process included an in-depth evaluation of Pivot’s governance structure and operational standards, curriculum, leadership and staff, academic results, and parental and community involvement. Accreditation by a respected independent body like WASC ensures that a school is providing students a quality education based on state standards. “Pivot North Bay is proud to have successfully completed the extensive WASC accreditation process,” said Jayna Gaskell, Pivot Charter Schools executive director. “This achievement marks an important milestone for the school and its students. Accreditation from a highly regarded, neutral third-party organization like WASC gives parents the security of knowing that Pivot North Bay offers their children a high-quality, comprehensive education that will give them the foundation they need to succeed in college and life.” Pivot North Bay offers a choice of site-based and virtual educational programs. Using an online curriculum allows students to learn at their own pace and receive one-on-one attention. Students in the site-based blended program attend school at the Santa Rosa facility from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays/Thursdays or 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and receive tutoring, small group classes and learning labs from credentialed teachers on-site and online. The school plans to extend these site-based offerings for the 2013-14 school year. Students in the virtual program complete their coursework from the comfort of their own homes, have real-time access to experienced, credentialed online teachers who are available to provide instruction 24 hours a day Monday through Friday and can meet with teachers in person at Pivot’s Santa Rosa facility if additional assistance is needed. Pivot Charter School offers a comprehensive, standards-based curriculum, including more than 15 Advanced Placement courses, unique electives like music theory and graphic arts, credit recovery and early graduation options. Students can jump-start their college careers with dual enrollment in college courses. Pivot Charter School is ideal for many students, including home-schooled students, those needing a flexible schedule due to work or outside activity or family obligations, students living in remote locations, advanced learners or students with health or physical challenges. Nationally recognized learning provider Advanced Academics supplies the program’s learning management system, web-based curriculum and online teaching staff. Pivot North Bay is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, interested students and parents can go to www.PivotNorthBay.com or call 707-843-4676. About Pivot Charter Schools ROADS Education Organization, a not-for-profit California corporation, currently operates Pivot Charter Schools serving San Diego, Riverside, Butte and Sonoma Counties and their contiguous counties. Its programs combine an online curriculum with site-based offerings that let students work at their own pace, receive immediate online tutoring and participate in small-group instruction classes and tutorials. Pivot Charter School, North Bay offers this unique hybrid educational program to middle and high school students in Sonoma, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Solano and Napa Counties.

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