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PHOENIX — Great Hearts Academies, an Arizona-based network of nonprofit public charter schools, announced Wednesday that its online school for kindergartners through eighth graders will launch in the fall.
Great Hearts Online is open to all Arizona students and does not charge tuition. Enrollment begins Monday.
The education system will offer its classical liberal arts curriculum with advanced math and science and a focus on arts and foreign language in a virtual setting for K-8 graders.
“The past year has made clear the need for high quality online academic programs in K-12,” Great Hearts America CEO Jay Heiler said in a press release.
“The challenge here is to deliver a world-class classical education in the digital medium to meet the needs of those families and students who seek it. We have accepted that challenge.”
The program will initially accept 600 to 800 students up to eighth grade and eventually expand into a K-12 online school.
The open enrollment period will run from April 19-29. No assessment is required for application.
Great Hearts operates 33 charter schools in Arizona and Texas and continues to expand, with its 23rd Arizona location scheduled to open in Buckeye in fall 2022, according to its website.
The Arizona online program follows the creation of the Great Hearts Online – Texas program, which launched in January.
First day of class for the Arizona online program is scheduled for Aug. 11.