Carden Virtual Academy is ready to begin instruction Sept. 6 at its new location, 1184 W. Second St., San Bernardino, under the helm of Anthony Davis, its newly hired principal.
Davis is no stranger to online education, which is the teaching method in which Carden Virtual Academy will specialize. Nor is he a stranger to the education of atrisk students, which is a type of student who will fit in well at Carden Virtual Academy.
“In online or virtual classrooms, students have more flexibility” Davis said. “Some students cannot tolerate sitting in a classroom for six hours a day. With virtual education, they can approach school in a different manner. They can spend three or for hours studying online, go do something else, and then come back and study for three or four more hours.”
“Or if they’re not feeling well or have a personal problem, in virtual classrooms, it is not essential they be there,” he said. They can take time off without falling behind.”
Prior to becoming principal of Carden Virtual Academy Davis spent eight years working with atrisk students in other educational settings that used online instruction as a strategy to help their students succeed.
This began at San Bernardino’s PAL Center, which operated a charter school of its own, for which Davis was the online educational coordinator.
From there, he went to Corona- Norco Unified School District. At Corona’s Orange Grove High School, a continuation school campus, he coordinated another online instructional program for students who needed to catch up on credits in order to graduate with their class.
His most recent job before coming to Carden Virtual Academy was as the Math Department chairman for The Academy, an alternative education program offered by the Perris Union High School District. Although Davis oversaw the entire math department at The Academy, that also included online instruction for many students.
At Carden Virtual School, Davis will work with students who seek alternative education for a variety of reasons. While Carden Virtual Academy serves at-risk students, it’s also geared to students who want to use online education for getting ahead of their class, so they can have an early jump on job seeking and/or college admissions.
As the principal of Carden Virtual Academy, Davis also will put his teaching skills into practice to help students who come on campus to study. All Carden students have the option to be taught in a regular classroom. They also will take tests and participate in school activities, such as tutoring, assemblies and elective courses on campus. Davis was born in the Caribbean and came to the United States 43 years ago as a teen. He brought with him a more strict upbringing than most Americans are familiar with.
“People ask me “Mr. Davis are you sure you were not in the military?” he said. “No, but I was raised in a very structured environment, and I was fortunate to learn that way.”
“At-risk students need some of that structure,” Davis said. “They need nurturing, but they also need discipline. You have to be able to balance the two.”
Carden Virtual Academy opens Sept. 6, 2010, and will offer both in-class and online instruction for grades K-12. It is an option for families who wish to be directly involved in their children’s education, for teens who seek an accelerated schedule to begin college early, and for teens needing to catch up on credits to graduate with their classmates.
For more information, call Anthony Davis at (909) 256-0449 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org To register online or learn more, go to www.CardenVirtualAcademy.com.
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