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Juan Bautista de Anza Charter School to Honor Students at Graduation and Awards Program

SAN MARCOS/SALTON CITY, Calif. – Juan Bautista de Anza Charter School (JBDA), a tuition-free public school serving students, grades 6 through 12, from the Coachella Valley to the Mexican border, will hold its awards program and graduation for middle and high school at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at La Casa del Zorro in Borrego Springs. Family, friends, teachers and administrators will gather to celebrate the achievements of JBDA students who have thrived as part of the school’s blended educational model that combines a standards-based online curriculum with one-on-one teacher support from on-site instructors at learning centers in Salton City and San Marcos. During the ceremony, JBDA students will be recognized for academic excellence in math, history and English; most improved academic performance; service learning excellence and perfect attendance. The ceremony will include speeches from Fabian Quinoz, valedictorian, and senior Kim Nguyen, who will share her inspirational personal story. Sally Wong-Avery, a highly regarded San Diego attorney and a community volunteer who focuses on the Asian community and education issues, will deliver the commencement address. "We are proud of our students’ many accomplishments and thrilled to have the opportunity to gather as a school community to celebrate their achievements. All of our graduating seniors plan to attend either a community college or a four-year university,” said Dr Sandra Thorpe, executive director. “At JBDA, our staff of caring, qualified teachers works one-on-one with students to help them develop the knowledge and skill they will need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.” Juan Bautista de Anza offers a California State Standards-based curriculum with more than 150 core, Advanced Placement and elective courses. Courses are delivered completely online and available anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection. Students complete their schoolwork remotely at a location of their choice or on-site at a JBDA learning center. Students receive personalized support and instruction from state-credentialed teachers who hold bachelor’s or master's degrees in their subject area and have significant online and traditional classroom experience. Juan Bautista de Anza is ideal for many students, including advanced learners, those living in remote locations, students needing a flexible schedule in order to work or pursue outside interests, or those who are behind and need to catch up. The school is made possible by nationally recognized online learning provider Advanced Academics, which supplies its learning management system, online curriculum and highly-qualified, California-credentialed online teachers. JBDA is open to students in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Imperial counties and is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, call 760-759-1200 or go to http://jbdaonlinecharterschool.net.

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