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ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 04, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- StraighterLine (http://www.straighterline.com) announced today that The Bridge School (http://www.thebridgeschool.net), a leading provider of online high school education based in Houston, Texas, has partnered with StraighterLine to offer a dual enrollment option for their students. Bridge School students who successfully complete StraighterLine courses will receive high school credit from the Bridge School and college credit from any of StraighterLine's partner colleges or any of the one thousand or more colleges that award credit for courses approved by the American Council on Education's Credit Recommendation Service.
The Bridge School is the first high school to partner with StraighterLine to offer high school students the ability to take college courses while still in high school. This program will provide high school students with college credits and save them thousands of dollars on their college degrees.
In addition to being reviewed by partner colleges, StraighterLine courses have been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education's (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service and have met or exceeded the Distance Education and Training Council's standards for online course quality.
Currently StraighterLine offers nine entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Precalculus, English Comp I, English Comp II, Accounting I, Accounting II, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Statistics and two developmental courses, with more to be offered soon. StraighterLine partner colleges include the following institutions:
- Charter Oak State College (www.charteroak.edu)
- Fort Hays State University (www.fhsu.edu)
- Jefferson Community and Technical College (http://www.jefferson.kctcs.edu)
- Kaplan University (www.kaplanuniversity.edu)
- Lake City Community College (www.lakecitycc.edu)
- Potomac College (www.potomac.edu)
- Western Governors University (www.wgu.edu)
"With StraighterLine's courses, Bridge School students can dramatically reduce the cost of college," says Burck Smith, StraighterLine's CEO. "Further, by starting college with existing credits, research shows that these students are more likely to complete their degree."
"Providing an open enrollment opportunity to deliver dual credit courses is one important way for The Bridge School to address individual student goals, says Dr. Spyros Catechis, The Bridge School founder and CEO. "Partnering with StraighterLine to offer these distance learning courses in a way that matches the high tech expectations of today's high school students, will help maximize our students' acquisition of knowledge."
About The Bridge School
The mission of The Bridge School is to enable students to become self-motivated, independent learners who are in charge of their educational future. The Bridge School accomplishes this by providing a flexible and individualized opportunity to achieve a high school diploma through the use of open enrollment, on-line instruction. The Bridge School allows students to start a course at any time and move through a course at their own rate. The Bridge School offers more than 160 Middle School, and High School courses, including Dual Credit and AP, taught by highly qualified and certified teachers. The Bridge School offers High School diplomas and transferable credit, since it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) using online solutions for students who want an alternative to the traditional classroom environment. It is also approved by the Texas Education Agency as an accredited nonpublic school.
The Bridge School is designed for students who are interested in taking single courses to augment their current educational experience, and for full time students seeking a high school diploma. The Bridge School helps students who are facing challenges, stay on track with their preparation for a career and college. Additionally, the Bridge School helps highly motivated students move ahead more rapidly, to give them an advantage in today's competitive academic environment.
StraighterLine provides students with a new online option for getting started on a college degree - freshman-level college courses for only $99 a month, plus a one-time $39 per course started fee. The program includes up to 10 hours of one-on-one instructional support.
StraighterLine is a great way to tackle the escalating cost of four-year college tuition and avoid a mountain of student debt with their distance learning courses. For students that move at the same pace as a traditional semester schedule, courses ultimately cost less than $43 per credit hour. Many students move through the material even faster though, which allows for greater savings.
Students who successfully complete StraighterLine online college courses receive credit when they enroll with any school in our rapidly expanding network of regionally accredited partner colleges. In addition, the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT - www.acenet.edu/acecredit/) has also evaluated and recommended college credit for StraighterLine courses. ACE CREDIT helps students gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in settings outside traditional higher education. For information, visit www.straighterline.com or call 202-507-7020 or 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).
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