Gates Foundation throws $2 million to Florida Virtual School
Florida Virtual School has landed a grant of more than $2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop four college-prep courses in English and math. Two of the courses are aimed at ninth graders, and the other two will be for seniors.
"The courses will emphasize 21st century skills such as authentic skill development, critical thinking, contemporary research opportunities and real world experiences," the school said in a news release.
President and CEO Julie Young said the boost would help the school to stay on the cutting edge.
"There is always room to grow, and we are excited about how these innovative and impact-driven courses are taking FLVS to the next level," she said.
The English courses will be rolled out for testing beginning in 2012, with the math courses to follow the next year, officials said.