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Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy

Durham Performance Learning Center to help returning Durham high school students complete their education and earn a diploma.

Considering the strong correlation between receiving a high school diploma and future employment potential, Durham Public Schools is accelerating its efforts to provide an effective and personalized program for those students who have left school to earn a standard high school diploma.

With the coming 2012-2013 school year, a Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy will open at Durham Performance Learning Center to help returning Durham high school students complete their education and earn a diploma.

“This is a unique and innovative educational program,” said Superintendent Eric J. Becoats. “With this new Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, our school district will continue to advance our belief that every student – given the right tools, support and environment – is capable of exceeding expectations and completing a high school education. We fully intend to prepare every student to continue onto college, attend vocational school, or enter the workforce.”

Nationwide, nearly one in three U.S. high school students fails to graduate with a diploma. In total, approximately 1.1 million students drop out each year – averaging 6,000 every school day or one every 29 seconds.

“As many as one quarter of our nation’s students are not finishing high school,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who last year formed a strategic alliance with EdisonLearning – who operates the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies. “Our goal is to ensure that no student falls through the cracks, and that all students have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”

Unlike a traditional school setting, the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy program is a blend of one-on-one and group instruction, infused with interactive online offerings specifically tailored for each individual student. The Academy will be staffed with on-site education teams to assist students in their daily studies. Two-thirds of the student’s instruction will be provided by EdisonLearning’s eCourses and eSchoolware.

Mr. Johnson pointed out, “Every student in the United States should have access to an education that enables them to reach their full potential. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy program offers students an innovative way to graduate and achieve their goals. The positive impact of their success is important not only for the students themselves and their communities, but also our nation as a whole.”

The new Bridgescape Academy in Durham will serve high school students in grades 9-12, who are in need of academic assistance to earn their high school diploma. Students interested in attending the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy can enroll by calling: 919-560-9190.

Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies are also operating in Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.