JSerra Debuts First On-Line Education Program at a Catholic High School in Region
Jonathan Horowitz hired to develop and administer program
JSerra announced today that it will become the first Catholic high school in Orange County to add an on-line curriculum to its growing list of cutting-edge programs.
JSerra has hired Jonathan Horowitz, Ed. D., to develop and oversee the program. Horowitz, of Capistrano Beach, has served for the past three-and-a-half years as principal of Capistrano Connections Academy, an on-line school that serves 1,600 students in five counties.
“JSerra has demonstrated incredible vision in embracing an on-line curriculum for its students,” Horowitz said. “It will enable the young school to enroll students from a broader geographic region as well as allow for more diverse coursework for students. They are the first Catholic high school in the region that I’m aware of to embrace on-line education, and they will likely be a model for others.”
Frank Talarico, JSerra’s president and CEO, said the addition of on-line curriculum adds to the school’s value proposition.
“We have a medical magnet partnership with Mission Hospital, are about to launch a business magnet program with UC Irvine and are working towards programs in law and engineering,” he said. “It’s not just our $110-million campus that sets us apart. At JSerra, you get it all – incredible facilities, some of the most accomplished teachers, innovative new programs – all in a safe and wonderful community-focused environment.”
Initially, the program will allow eighth-graders to get a jump on high school by taking summer Health courses from home and high achievers to take more courses. Horowitz said he plans to meet individually with teachers and staff members to develop and shape the curriculum. The program will allow students to be “on-line graduates,” though students will spend time on campus to preserve the culture, officials said.
“The program will be comprehensive, complementing the existing courses and extending new opportunities that run the gamut from competitive Advanced Placement classes to foreign languages to everything in between,” he said.