Crim­son plan­ning on­line school

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Si­mon Collins

A pri­vate tu­tor­ing com­pany has hired for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Sir John Key for its board and un­veiled am­bi­tious plans for a global on­line high school.

Key will fol­low his son Max Key into Crim­son Con­sult­ing, where Max worked from 2015 un­til 2017 help­ing stu­dents get into top Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties through ex­cel­lence in sports.

Com­pany founder Jamie Beaton, 24, said Key would be an “ad­vi­sory mem­ber” of the com­pany’s board.

Beaton has also an­nounced the com­pany will start a “highly se­lec­tive” on­line Crim­son Global Academy in Fe­bru­ary, tar­get­ing sev­eral hun­dred stu­dents study­ing to­wards

Cam­bridge ex­ams, NZ Schol­ar­ships or en­try tests for Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties.

For­mer Auck­land Grammar head­mas­ter John Mor­ris, 69, will be ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal and the school is ad­ver­tis­ing for a prin­ci­pal and about 100 teach­ers of English, Man­darin, Span­ish, maths, bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, physics, com­puter sci­ence, busi­ness, eco­nom­ics, law, his­tory, so­ci­ol­ogy and psy­chol­ogy.

It was reg­is­tered by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion in Au­gust as a pri­vate school and Mor­ris said teach­ers would need New Zealand reg­is­tra­tion, but would be able to work from any­where.

“They could be work­ing from home,” he said. “It’s not like Te Kura [the Cor­re­spon­dence School], which has no di­rect teach­ing. This will be teach­ers teach­ing in­ter­ac­tively on­line. Stu­dents will log on from any­where.”

Beaton said Crim­son was in­vest­ing more than $10 mil­lion into the new school out of $31.5m of new cap­i­tal it raised last month, which brought the com­pany’s to­tal value to US$260m ($410m).

Stu­dents will pay be­tween $2000 and $5000 per sub­ject, or $15,000 to $20,000 for a full course-load, putting the fees in the same range as other pri­vate schools.

John Key

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