What Is OHDELA?

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I have 2 children who have been students at OHDELA for 3 years. They are in 8th and 9th grades. The kids are honor students. Before this they attended a private school. The curriculum is challenging. There are 2 options, scholastic and academic, academic being the harder of the two. The teachers have been a great help. My kids call them a lot! The teachers say that most students do not call them. That is unfortunate because there is constant help available and it is not being utilized. My son struggles with math concepts and the teacher will talk him through it on the phone or have sessions only with him on the computer until he "gets it" so that he can succeed. You do not have this kind of "one-on- one" help in public schools! Of course each teacher is different, but we have not had any problems with a teacher and we are very involved. There are options if you do, as every student has an advisor and there is always the option to email the administrator. I have done so for reasons other than complaints. She will always have the issue addressed.
My children attend "meet and greets" and other events in Akron (we live in Warren) where they can get together with their school friends. There are school trips (Washington DC is an amazing opportunity)! They "talk" to their friends in their classes and on "Facebook". We are very involved in church so my children have relationships outside of school, as most kids do who have other interests. I have looked into other schools because we travel and we have stayed with OHDELA. We know others who have left for other schools and have regretted it. School can be challenging no matter where you attend, and no school is perfect or perfect for everyone. I am just so very thankful that we have the choice to educate at home. I love being with my kids!
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OHDELA is the ONLY virtual school or e-school in the State of Ohio that achieved a "value added" rating from the Ohio Department of Education last year!
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OHDELA is an acronym for Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy. It is an internet based charter school located in Akron, Ohio. It was started in 2002 by David Brennan. OHDELA has students in grades K-12 and offers a full curriculum, free of charge to its students. The students do not attend school. They complete all of their lessons on a computer from the comforts of their own home. The school offers occasional field trips, but does not offer any types of clubs, sports or activities that children need to develop their social skills. The students at OHDELA are required to take state proficiency test, but to date, the school has failed these test and has not met the AYP standards set forth by the No Child Left Behind reform and the state of Ohio. There are many complaints against this school saying that the students do not receive a quality education because the teachers are not certified and it runs more like a business and not an educational institution.
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OHDELA is ran by a bunch of unqualified administrators who go out and party and drink constantly. The HS administrator is even an open homosexual who lets students and teachers know about her twisted orientation.
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My son was in the HS and I pulled him out because the teachers never returned his phone calls, their so called curriculum is way below state standards, and he was treated like a number and not a student. I got sick and tired of emails that constantly said "Call the help desk". I want my son educated by a teacher, not by an IT guy.
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When we went into the OHDELA office, the Ms Brecker (an administrator, I believe) was running around the office with no shoes on, what appeared to be braless and laughing at the top of her lungs. Not very professional. Teachers were standing around complaining about a number of things. It was pure chaos. You should walk into that office. You will be sick at your stomach at what you see. The state needs to wake up and close this credit factory down.
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I used to setup the computers for OHDELA students.  I knew almost immediately which computers I would be picking up in a month.  Those were usually from the kids who were kicked out of their public school or the parent was just not interested in being involved.

I was impressed with the curriculum that I saw.  I'm looking into the program as a possible education avenue for my daughter in the future.

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