Free Online Public Schools for Ohio Students, K-12

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Ohio offers resident students the opportunity to take online public school courses for free. This list shows some no-cost online schools serving elementary and high school students in Ohio as of May 2017. In order to qualify for the list, schools met the following qualifications: classes available completely online, they must offer services to state residents, and they must be government funded. The virtual schools listed may be charter schools, statewide public programs or private programs that receive government funding.

Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow

ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school, was the first U.S. online charter school to graduate students. The school experienced significant growth in its first 15 years, with 21 graduates in the first class (2001), and more than 2,500 students graduating in 2016. In addition to the standard curriculum offerings, ECOT offers students field trips, events and clubs, much like a brick-and-mortar school. During field trips, students can interact with other ECOT students of similar ages, and parents are invited to attend and participate. School-wide social events include the junior and senior prom and a graduation ceremony. Clubs are based on student interests and include photography, running and student council.

Ohio Connections Academy

The mission of Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) is to partner “with families, students and educators to provide a high-quality and personalized online education that meets the individual needs of students and empowers them with the skills required for success in a changing world.” OCA offers a curriculum developed by leading education experts. Instructors have been deemed “highly qualified” by the state of Ohio. Ohio Connections Academy also prides itself on creating a well-rounded experience for students, with clubs and field trips, as well as personalized teacher-student attention. OCA maintains teaching centers in the Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati areas.

Ohio Virtual Academy

The Ohio Virtual Academy (OVHA) uses the individualized K12 curriculum, which covers core subject areas and electives. Based on decades of research, K12 has been an established leader in online education throughout the United States, packaging curriculum with high-quality lessons and mastery-based assessments to ensure that students achieve success at every level. The supportive school community arranges enjoyable and helpful monthly get-togethers for students, parents and staff to share their experiences.

Virtual Community School of Ohio

The Virtual Community School of Ohio is a leader in online education, having earned the highest rating of K-12 online schools in Ohio. With certified teachers and an engaging, award-winning curriculum, VCS is committed to helping all children reach their potential. When surveyed, over 95 percent of parents and students gave teachers top marks in responsiveness, class and course organization, feedback and trying multiple ways to answer questions or clarify material. VCS students in grades 3 to 11 who regularly engaged with their teachers and the curriculum achieved an 80% and higher pass rate on their state standardized tests. VCS Ohio also has partnerships with colleges and universities around the state that enable students to take college classes and earn college credits for free during their time with VCS Ohio.