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Garaway Offers Online Academy to Better Serve Students

Over the past decade, districts around Ohio have observed a significant number of students leaving their local school districts to attend charter schools like QDA, ECOT, OHVA, OHDELA, TRECA, and Beacon Hill Academy. Garaway is faced with thousands of dollars in lost funding from families electing leaving the district. As a result, Garaway Local Schools has decided that we can offer a significantly better, flexible online program to students. Our online program empowers the district to provide a multitude of options that were previously unavailable to students free of charge.

Garaway Local Schools launched a digital program option in July 2015, Garaway Virtual Academy (GVA), following a successful pilot program. GVA is guided by the same values that have made our school district highly rated. For citizens residing in our district, families will want to join and utilize the GVA option to stay connected to their school community. GVA exists to keep local dollars local and to help prevent the loss of funding which occurs when in-district students elect to leave for options outside of the district. Enrolling into GVA rather than seeking other options allows a student to support our community and stay attached to the local school district while customizing and individualizing their education in a way that is comfortable for their family philosophy. With GVA, home schooled students are encouraged to enjoy the financial freedoms offered by GVA's options which are free of charge upon enrollment. Students living outside of the district will want to take advantage of the various options that being a Garaway student offers. GVA students are considered to be the same as brick-and-mortar students from field trips, extra-curricular activities, to earning a Garaway diploma. Additionally, the virtual options available to us allow our district to explore STEM, apprenticeship, and partnership options with local businesses.

Parents are looking for better educational experiences and flexible learning options. Garaway Virtual Academy will achieve both of these goals. If Garaway did not address the growing need for alternative options for students, we would put our district and students at a significant educational and financial disadvantage in the years to come. Programs are discontinued, and teachers and administrative employees are downsized when budgets are cut, so opportunities to maintain enrollment must be supported by the community. Since opening the GVA division in 2015, the district has recovered several thousands of dollars in funding which has allowed Garaway Schools to further address the needs of our district. Garaway Superintendent James Millet states, "We are working to be proactive. It is our duty to serve the students of this district to the best of our ability. We have realized that there is a portion of our students which we could serve that we have not, and through this digital academy, those students will get the flexibility they need. GVA is not meant to push kids from our brick-and-mortar facilities. Instead, we are helping students that are already opting for alternative education to continue receiving support from their local district. The students can also continue to participate in Garaway's highly respected social and extracurricular activities, which helps them maintain a well-rounded education and thrive."

Please join us in enhancing our school district in positive, flexible, and innovative ways. For a free online public education, enroll by contacting Chuck Zobel, Virtual Coordinator, at 330-852-4699 or [email protected], text ENROLL to 330-248-7863, or use the bottom portion of this website to sign up for more information.

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One-on-One Tutoring:

Tutoring services will be available in our learning lab by scheduled appointment to assist all students. We also encourage students to take advantage of the various academic programs offered by our school district. It is our aim to provide a positive and flexible experience for all students.

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Extracurricular Activities:

GVA students are able to take part in all of the outstanding extracurricular programs that Garaway offers to their students. We offer a successful variety of programs from music to athletics. We believe that involvement in extracurricular activities shapes a complete student and offers the full Garaway experience.

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Free Chromebooks for Enrolled Students:

Each student in our program will receive the same free Chromebook that all our Garaway students receive for educational usage. This laptop technology will follow the student throughout their scholastic career at our academy.

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Renovated facilities:

We have transformed our library into a state-of-the-art learning center for our students. Teachers will be on hand during the school day to assist any student with any educational need. As we renovate, we plan to add other innovative options to enhance student learning experiences.

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What is included with enrollment in GVA?
Each enrolled student will receive a free Google ChromeBook for their educational use, full access to our Garaway community, and access to any Garaway student service to meet their educational goals.
What grades levels are offered at GVA?
We feature a full k-12 curriculum with individually tailored and flexible options for our students.
What extracurricular options are available to my student?
GVA students are able to take part in all of the outstanding extracurricular programs that Garaway offers to their students. We offer a successful variety of programs from music to athletics. We believe that involvement in extracurricular activities shapes a complete student and offers the full Garaway experience.
What subjects will my student be expected to study at GVA?
Our students will meet the Ohio graduation requirements just like any other Garaway student. We will also offer elective courses to enhance their learning experiences. Once again, our curriculum will be flexible and tailored to individual family values and needs.
Will my child receive a regular diploma?
Yes. GVA students will receive the same diploma as any Garaway student. Our aim with the virtual academy division of Garaway Local Schools is to customize and individualize options for our students for the best possible educational experience in a growing technological world.
What are the available educational options at GVA?
Students are now able to adjust their learning to fit their needs. We will have options available that include open-enrollment, blended learning environments, as well as credit recovery and summer school options. Additionally, we have a large variety of courses for diversified educational opportunities.
Will support be available for my child?
Garaway has a newly renovated learning lab designed to assist students during school hours that is monitored by Garaway staff members. Virtual and open-enrolled students are encouraged to take part in the After-School Pirate Crew program funded by the 21st Century Grant for additional support. All of these options are free of charge and available to any Garaway student.
Will my child have the opportunity to accelerate their learning experiences?
Absolutely. We will help to assess your child’s abilities and place them in the appropriate classes that challenge them accordingly. We aim to be flexible and accommodating for your child’s learning needs and abilities.
Will the computer be the only source of learning?
We encourage our students to get involved in the Garaway community and our parents to be involved in their child’s learning experiences. We want the computer to be an innovative part of learning, not the absolute source of learning. We value technology as a tool to enhance learning but we also value and encourage personal relationships and social skills involved in the educational process. We encourage students to also take part in additional learning through our extracurricular options.
Will my child be able to work at his/her own pace?
Our program is designed to be individualized in order to meet each student’s needs. We will expect our students to keep up with assignments, but the options for education will be flexible. All virtual students will be monitored by a Garaway staff member with the intention of checking in on the student and to build a solid relational connection to Garaway.