Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson has opened an education center in downtown Atlanta for students pushing for the finish line. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape center – the hub for Georgia’s three additional locations in August, Macon and Savannah — helps give those who have left school, or are at risk of dropping out, the opportunity to earn a high school diploma via an alternative path, in an environment that fits their schedule, life circumstances and learning needs. The program — part of the Provost Academy Georgia, a statewide virtual charter high school, is free and accepts students aged 14 to 20 years old.
“This is a unique opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma, not a GED,” explains executive director of PAGA Monica Henson. “We are looking forward to providing students with this valuable educational resource and accomplishing tremendous success across the great state of Georgia.”
Unlike a traditional high school setting, the Magic Johnson Bridgescape center takes a holistic approach offering a unique blend of online learning, with one-on-one and small-group instruction available for students who need it. The center, open for both morning and afternoon sessions, is staffed with educational teams to assist students in their daily studies, including Georgia-certified teachers, counselors, and other professionals who work together to provide academic support and post-graduation assistance for students, including those with learning disabilities.
Students experience an abbreviated, flexible school day and maximize online learning to focus on required courses and subjects that align with their specific areas of interest. A custom curriculum, individualized support and counseling give students a complete roadmap for success.
“Our goal is to ensure that no student falls through the cracks,” says Johnson, who last year formed a strategic alliance with EdisonLearning – which partners with PAGA to operate the Magic Johnson Bridgescape centers. “All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”