This fall Utah students gain an unprecedented and free opportunity for college-prep education, thanks to a partnership between ASU Prep Digital and the Juab School District, a forward-thinking district known for pioneering competency-based education. The digital program, part of Arizona State University’s prep school network, offers a unique partnership with a major U.S. university, dubbed “most innovative university,” ahead of MIT and Stanford, for the last four years.
The partnership makes ASU Prep Digital’s courses available free of charge to all Utah students, whether public, private or home school. The program prepares students for college acceptance and, optionally, opens a door to earn credit toward college majors while still in high school.
“Juab School District is thrilled to join forces with ASU Prep Digital,” noted Juab Superintendent, Rick Robins. “This innovative partnership will provide students across the state of Utah with new and exciting educational experiences!”
Retired Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson agrees. A legislative expert on digital learning and teaching, Stephenson sponsored the 2011 bill establishing Utah’s Statewide Online Education Program. “This is a dream come true,” Stephenson notes. “The quality of courses offered by ASU Prep Digital is unsurpassed.”
In addition to excellent instructional design, ASU provides experienced online teachers and learning success coaches. Stephenson notes, “You have two skilled adults assuring student success,” Stephenson notes. “This type of program is what I hoped for.”
Board chair for Parents for Choice in Education, Robyn Bagley, an advocate for high-quality digital learning as outlined by the Digital Learning Council. She welcomed the partnership saying that it will “dramatically strengthen the learning possibilities for all Utah students” and provide a new path for academic achievement and prep for college and careers.
Recent ASU Prep Digital graduate Allie Reckinger said that her experience with ASU Prep Digital gave her the confidence boost and credits she needed to graduate on time. “This is a great place to flourish. You have amazing support and amazing helpers to be there for you,” she said. “They’re there to see you succeed.” Reckinger is now pursuing nursing studies at ASU this fall.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring our rigorous virtual education option to Utah students,” said Julie Young, ASU Prep Digital CEO. “Utah students are gaining access to adaptive, personalized college-prep curricula that is embedded in the most innovative university in the nation. Their experience with ASU Prep Digital will leave them well prepared for college and an increasingly digital workforce.”
Juab School District has been Utah’s pioneer in competency-based learning and is a member of the coveted League of Innovative Schools.
ASU Prep Digital is part of ASU Preparatory Academy, an innovative and thriving PreK-12 school chartered by Arizona State University. ASU Prep Digital leverages the resources of the university on behalf of students everywhere.