K-12 On-line Schools….a viable option for families

We saw a television advertisement about FREE K-12 on-line education in Ohio.   since it piqued our interest, and we decided to reach out to our excellent State School Board Representative, Sarah Fowler.  Here is her response to us:

E-schools are public charter schools that are operated online.

They receive all of their funding from the state budget, however, the same state dollars are deducted from a local district’s budget where the student would have normally attended.  This has created some heated tensions between local districts and e-schools or other community schools.

(LFC Comment: No one likes competition nibbling in their lucrative territory.  So squashing the competition at all costs is paramount.  We see this as a viable options for some families.  We will endeavor to contact the company providing the services and report back to our readers.)

Here is an excerpt from the Ohio Department of Education website: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Community-Schools/eSchools


An Ohio e-school is an online Ohio public school. The family makes the decision to move a student from a traditional or site-based community school to an online Ohio public school. A licensed Ohio teacher provides the appropriate grade-level instruction. When enrolled in online community school, the student receives a computer at home and online access to the school. Students graduating from an Ohio online school receive an Ohio high school diploma as all other public school students.

If interested in this education option, the first step is for a family to contact the online school about enrollment. There is no permission required from the home school district.

Those with the word (statewide) next to the school name are online schools, where students can reside anywhere in the state to enroll. Others on the list are district-sponsored online community schools. Many have limited enrollment to that sponsoring district’s students or students in surrounding districts.

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  3. Charter/Community schools, unfortunately, are not always a positive. Students take the same state tests and the results are posted on the Ohio Department of Education website, grading the schools similar to the public schools. Parents should do their due diligence in investigating the schools themselves. Some have entirely computer-driven instruction and some include a classroom component. Parent involvement and student ability to be self-disciplined learners improve their opportunity for success. Ask about the school’s grade level advancement rates as well as their graduation rates, and how/if they accommodate students IEPs. Also, athletic opportunities may not be provided. It’s an arduous process, but one must take to make the right decision for your child.

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