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Texas Online Preparatory School Kicks Off This Fall


Sam Houston State University, in partnership with Huntsville Independent School District, will help provide oversight and guidance for a new tuition-free public school option, the Texas Online Preparatory School (TOPS). TOPS is an online college-prep program that will serve students in grades 3-12 across Texas beginning this fall.

TOPS is free and open to all families in Texas. The school, created by the Huntsville school district, will use the award-winning curriculum and academic programs provided by K12 Inc., a leading national provider of digital learning content and online and blended school programs in the U.S. K12 Inc. is accredited by AdvancED, the world’s largest education community. The education company’s curricula and academic programs are used by over 2,000 public school districts across the country. 

“Huntsville is excited to offer a new online school option to local families and those across Texas,” said Dr. Steve Johnson, Superintendent of Huntsville Independent School District. “TOPS will offer a unique public education program in Texas that will combine high quality digital learning programs and skilled teachers to deliver instruction to meet the individualized needs of students. Digital, individualized instructional methods hold enormous promise. We are pleased to be at the forefront of this innovation.”

Using innovative technology, TOPS will provide students access to multiple core and elective courses, assessments, and instruction from Texas-certified teachers. The school will follow all state accountability standards.

“We are excited to work with Huntsville ISD and contribute to the success of TOPS,” said Bill Angrove, Associate Vice President for Distance Learning at Sam Houston State University. “SHSU Online has been recognized for the past two years as having some of the best online programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We look forward to expanding our role in online education by providing teacher training, research capabilities, and overall academic evaluations to the new online public school in Huntsville.”

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