NEW YORK, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Mosaica Education, Inc., operator of charter schools in Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, announced that all of the schools that it operated last year had reopened on Monday, August 21, with substantially higher student enrollments. The enrollment increase on a same-school basis is 28 percent -- from 2,500 students last spring to over 3,200 today. With an additional four new schools to open by the middle of September, the total number of students enrolled in the 12 elementary and 8 middle schools managed by Mosaica is expected to be approximately 5,000 -- double last year's level. The company continues its regional expansion in the Mid-Atlantic with new Mosaica-managed schools opening in Wilmington, DE, Harrisburg, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. It will also be opening its first school in Denver, CO, with more schools planned for the West in 2001. Mosaica Education, Inc. opened its first school in September 1997, and has more than doubled the number of students in every subsequent year. Mosaica's growth follows the national trend. According to national research released last week by the Center for Education Reform, the numbers of students attending charter schools around the country this fall have increased almost 20 percent over the Spring. "The addition of new schools as well as the increased enrollment at existing Mosaica-managed schools is a sign of the continued appreciation by parents and the community groups of our enhanced educational model and their pleasure at having a choice in the school their child will attend," stated Michael Connelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaica Education, Inc. The Paragon(R) Curriculum, which is used at all Mosaica-managed schools, features an accelerated education model that has drawn national attention and praise for its ability to improve results through a hands-on learning program that engages students and cultivates cultural literacy. Mosaica-managed schools are tuition-free alternatives to traditional public schools. The schools feature one classroom-based computer for every three students (with software and internet sites woven into the curriculum), an extended school day and school year, full-day kindergarten, and foreign languages starting in kindergarten. The rigorous core curriculum, excellent teaching practices, focus on technology and foreign language and integration of social studies, art and music in the Paragon afternoon program give students the tools they need to succeed. Dr. Dawn D. Eidelman, co-founder of Mosaica and the creator of its educational model, was recently honored by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans For 2000. According to Dr. Eidelman, "Our mission is to provide excellence in public education to all children. The hallmark of a quality education is not simply the capacity to compete for jobs in tomorrow's marketplace, but to make tomorrow happen."
SOURCE Mosaica Education, Inc.