Mosaica Students Are Back-to-School in Increasing Numbers

Aug 23, 2000, 01:00 ET from Mosaica Education, Inc.

    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.