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Orchard Software™ Publisher Siboney Learning Group Acquired
Becomes Orchard Learning™, Inc.
Educational Options and Orchard Learning Partner for Complete Pre-K-12 to Adult Education Solution
ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 30, 2009 - Siboney Learning Group announced today its acquisition under a new company name, Orchard Learning, Inc., by an affiliate of Educational Options Inc., an Arlington, Va. middle and high school online education technology firm. The new partnership will create a comprehensive pre-K - Adult curriculum solution.
"The synergy between Educational Options and Orchard Learning delivers a powerful single-source solution for educators of pre-K through adult students nationwide," said Tom Sawner, Ed.D., president and CEO of Educational Options and the new president of Orchard Learning, Inc. "By combining the strengths of both companies, the partnership of Orchard Learning and Educational Options under one ownership positions us to deliver a full range of leading curriculum products using advanced technologies that meet the ever-changing needs of today's schools for the entire K-12 and basic adult education markets."
"Orchard Learning is excited to team up with a company on the forefront of online middle and high school curriculum," Bill Edwards, chief executive officer of Orchard Learning said. "By joining forces, we will be providing a total learning package that is cost effective and flexible."
About Orchard Learning, Inc. (formerly Siboney Learning Group)
Orchard Learning is a publisher of award-winning educational software including Orchard Software, its flagship product line, which provides targeted state standards-based instruction, assessment and data management for pre-K - 9 in reading, language arts, math, and science. Orchard Learning products also include PracticePlanet, online test practice correlated to state testing standards; GAMCO Educational Software, single-title curriculum solutions; and Educational Activities Software, software titles across the curriculum for middle school through adult learners.
About Educational Options Inc.
EdOptions is an award-winning education technology firm located in Arlington, Virginia. Its premier product, Stars Suite, currently serves more than 260,000 students nationwide and features 42 middle and high school courses as well as Web-based solutions for state test preparation, high school preparation and GED study. Other products include Blue Ridge International Academy, a triple-accredited online high school designed to support both public and non-traditional educational institutions with rigorous curriculum, powerful Web-based technology, and certified-teacher support.