Magic Johnson Bridgescape Center Opens In Savannah


(L-R) David Vasconez, Sr. Vice President for Edison Learning; Brittney Thompson, Community Outreach; Brittney Owens, Community Outreach; Arlene Dove, Sr. Vice President for Edison Learning; and Shelli Tyre, Principal
(L-R) David Vasconez, Sr. Vice President for Edison Learning; Brittney Thompson, Community Outreach; Brittney Owens, Community Outreach; Arlene Dove, Sr. Vice President for Edison Learning; and Shelli Tyre, Principal

Savannah now has a new place where high school-age students who have dropped out or are at risk of doing so can go to receive his or her high school diploma. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape Center, located at 6001 Chatham Center Drive in the New Orleans Building, Suite 350, provides students with another option to complete their education and another way to reach their goals. The center serves students who quality for public high school admission in Georgia, ages 14-21 with an exception for students with an IEP. See an enrollment specialist for questions about age and qualification.

The Center held an open house on Friday, May 17, 2013, hosted by Provost Academy Georgia (PAGA), a statewide charter high school district. State Senator Lester Jackson and other dignitaries were in attendance. Prospective students and their parents were able to register for the program, tour the facility, and meet the Bridgescape staff.

The student-focused program is tuition-free and provides an opportunity to earn a high school diploma at a pace suitable to an individual’s schedule, lifestyle, and learning needs. 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. Students are offered a unique blend of online learning, paired with one-on-one and small group instruction for those who need it.

A custom curriculum, individualized support, and counseling give students a complete roadmap for success. “This is a unique opportunity for students to earn a Georgia high school diploma, not a GED,” explained Executive Director of PAGA Dr. Monica Henson.

The center has experienced educators and counselors who work with students personally and academically focusing on a postgraduation plan. MJB offers self-paced online instruction and flexible session hours to incorporate learning back into students’ lives with ease. Students take responsibility for their own learning and practice accountability to others, and to themselves.

Magic Johnson Bridgescape gives one the support and direction to overcome obstacles experienced in a traditional high school environment. There is an individual graduation plan that will help students catch up if they are behind and/or move along at a faster pace then traditional school.

The Savannah center is PAGA’s third Magic Johnson Bridgescape in Georgia, with other centers in Macon and Atlanta. A fourth center is planned to open in Augusta. Other centers currently operate in Ohio, Missouri, New Jersey, and North Carolina. The center is open Monday- Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and students have the option to choose to attend either afternoon or morning session. The morning session is from 8-12 and the afternoon session is from 1-5. Students are expected to attend the center each day they are assigned and to work online outside of school hours to stay on track. Students participate in Core Values instruction, receive academic guidance, and an individual graduation plan, and work with their advisor to make plans for what they want to do after graduation. It is important to realize that center attendance is a privilege and requires the student to follow all procedures and conduct requirements.

“Our goal is to ensure that no student falls through the cracks,” said Ervin “Magic” Johnson. “All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”

Students can enroll by calling 888-725- 9501 or by visiting magicjohnsonbridgescape.com or ga.provostacademy.com. Once all of the required paperwork has been completed, the enrollment process takes approximately 1-2 weeks.


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