Kansas Statewide Virtual School Selects Calvert Education As Curriculum Partner

Maize Virtual Preparatory School (MVPS) to Serve Students Throughout Kansas Beginning in Fall 2011

Online PR News – 30-April-2011 – – Calvert Education Services, one of the nation’s premier providers of distance education, announced today that they have been selected to support Maize Virtual Preparatory School (MVPS), a new online elementary and middle school program out of Maize Unified School District 266 for students throughout the state of Kansas. Classes will begin in the fall of 2011.

MVPS is a Kansas virtual school designed for families seeking a personalized education for their children that is custom-tailored to their individual family needs. Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade attend MVPS from their home in a blended online and offline environment. They frequently participate in age-appropriate, online classes conducted by highly-qualified instructors.

Students also complete class work both online and offline using provided web-based tools, textbooks from major publishers, workbooks, activity books, and supplies. A parent or guardian serves as the Learning Guide offering assistance, verifying work, and serving as liaison with the MVPS education support staff.

MVPS will be led by Gary Lewis, a pioneer in distance education and a highly-respected education leader in the state of Kansas.

“Education is about finding your passion or love of learning,” Lewis said. “I am thrilled to be partnered with Calvert as MVPS begins our journey to excellence. Our journey focuses on positive, supportive relationships at all levels in which we embrace and recognize all talents.”

Lewis returns home to his former school district in Maize to serve as Director of Educational Outreach.
Prior to his role at MVPS, he served as Principal of the Lawrence Virtual School where he was responsible for the startup and management of what became – in seven years – the largest K-8 virtual school in the state of Kansas.

“We are delighted to have been selected by an educator with Gary’s experience, knowledge, and high standards,” said Richard Rasmus, CEO of Calvert Education Services. “This school will set the bar for high-quality, accessible education focused on student success.”

MVPS is currently accepting enrollments for the 2011-2012 school year.