NCCS proposes an online digital academy

At the May 16th meeting of the North Canton City Schools Board of Education, the administration will recommend the start of an online digital academy for the 2018-2019 school year. Like many other school districts in Stark County, North Canton believes the option of online learning will meet the needs of students who struggle to succeed in a traditional setting. The academy will serve students in grades 9-12 who live in the North Canton School District. Hoover High School Principal Eric Bornstine says creating the tuition-free, digital academy “is the right thing to do. Presently students come back to us from charter schools where they are typically credit deficient, and we want to help students to be able to graduate in a timely fashion with a Hoover High School diploma. We understand that students learn differently, and an online academy will give us the flexibility to teach students in a manner that will make them successful.”

North Canton City Schools currently loses nearly $513,000 in state funding yearly due to students attending other online or charter schools. During the 2017-2018 school year, 95 students attended an online or charter school at some point. When ECOT closed, 11 of their students living in the district chose to enroll in another digital academy. An online academy will allow North Canton City Schools to recover money lost to other digital programs. Superintendent Jeff Wendorf explains, “By creating an online academy, the North Canton City School District plans to bring students back to the district. When we have students enrolled in the district’s online school, we will be able to track their progress and help them succeed in a personalized learning environment.  Our academic success is well established and the services for our online students will be reflected as well.” Students graduating from the academy will receive a Hoover High School diploma.

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