Wilmington’s Maurice J. Moyer Academy gets another chance

With a new management team and structure, Wilmington’s New Maurice J. Moyer Academy anticipates a new beginning.

The acadmey received a new charter from the Delaware Board of Education earlier this year.  In 2010, the Department of Education voted not to renew Moyer Academy’s charter effective at the end of that school year, based on shortcomings discovered in areas such as student performance, curriculum, and hiring of quality teachers.

A new administration is now in place and the education management company K12, which specializes in online curriculum, is governing the school that is named after Reverend Maurice J. Moyer, a beloved community activist and religious leader.

The New Moyer Academy, which is its official name, now offers more than 130 courses, including programs designed to steer high-school students toward careers in technology, computer science, and business. 

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“It’s our goal to launch engaged learners,” New Moyer Academy Principal Dawna Thornton said.  “We can accomplish this goal by developing comprehensive, individualized learning plans that make the most of each student’s full potential.”

The school also is set to offer new sports programs among its extracurricular activities, including football, basketball, track and field, cross country and cheerleading.

Open enrollment for the 2011-12 school year gets underway this week for Maurice J. Moyer Academy, which serves students in grades six-through-twelve.  Sessions will take place Tuesday May 3rd and Thursday May 5th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the New Moyer Academy, 610 E. 17th Street, Wilmington.

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