"Best known for our individualized learning plans and award winning curriculum."
Students enrolled 5400
Hours 8:00 - 5:00
School leader Dr. Kristin Stewart
Transportation options None
District Ohio Virtual Academy

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1655 Holland Rd Ste F
Maumee, OH 43537

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September 12, 2014
We have been with OHVA for many years and have loved it. My children have thrived and have always gotten the support they need. I have found the best thing to do is constantly be in communication with the teachers. If a teacher is not working for you and your student ask the principal and your counselor for a different teacher and they will reassign you. The curriculum is better then most schools I have seen.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
I have been trying for weeks to enroll my son. This school is impossible to get ahold of anyone other than the phone representative who can only read to me what I can see on my own screen or transfer me to another representative who also cannot do anything but transfer me. I have a notice that I need to talk to someone but no contact information is provided and no attempts to contact me have been made. The phone trees are maddening (often I get routed back to where I started in the first place) and wait time on the phone is about 22mins each time. No one responded to any emails. This clearly is a not a well organized company. I have trying for weeks to enroll my son. K12s classes started today and I sit here in the dark not knowing what is going on. Currently the number I am at is ringing without a machine, no hold request. Exceptionally hard to reach anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
My daughter attended K12 for the school year 2013-2014. We did not re-enroll due to moving out of state. The school year went ok, but I didn't understand why we never got any progress/report cards. Her teacher said we would get one at the end of the year. A progress report was sent to my K12 email, but I didn't immediately print it. So they cancelled my email account. Now I have nothing to prove she went to school there last year. We never received anything regular mail and never got OAA test scores. Now I am trying to enroll my daughter in her new school and K12 Administrators will not return my phone calls and have not sent any documentation to show my daughter did attend last year. I have left many phone messages and send a fax request for her records...no response. I have been working on this the whole month of July...now I can't enroll my daughter because I don't have any proof of her attending 5th grade last year. I am very frustrated to say the least.. so if you are with K12 now, I hope if you leave someday that you can get your records because I cannot get my daughters. This is the worst school!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
OHVA is not bad if a student is self-motivated and already a good student. However, teachers are pressured to pass students under most circumstances. They spend a lot of time going over the same simple concepts over and over because many of their students are drop-outs from traditional schools. This drags the higher-performing students down; a recipe guaranteed to produce mediocrity, at best. Student who have aspirations of attending prestigious universities would be wise to look elsewhere. Students who need a diploma, and don't have the time or inclination to work hard--this could be a good place for them.

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2014
I have 3 children, 1 in 4th grade, 1 in 7th, and 1 in 11th at OHVA. My 11th grader has been here since the beginning of 8th grade. I am home to help with the learning of the lessons. Over these 4 years at OHVA I have to say that we are very pleased. All of the teachers and administrators have been nice and helpful. The curriculum is great. I do wish there were books for all high school classes, as some like Science are e-books, but we have been happy to work from home and when we want. One of my children has a 504 and they have been accommodating. All 3 of my children enjoy it and so do I. I do think, however, that if the parent isn't actively involved that the child can get behind, but that is not the case for us. Your child does not have to attend all of the class connects with the teachers if they are doing well and keeping up with their work. I teach them the lessons and if we have a question or want to go to the test review class with the teacher than we can always watch the recording. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
ohva in the beginning was a great school ..offered what i was looking for my child..but starting going down hill .with all the new rules and regs..and one of the draw backs i feel with ohva .and why i feel it is not working is that ohva is more geared for younger students .there is little social contact and the f2s are not really planed for older age students ..and i believe unless they start working on some of these issues there will be a higher percentage of children leaving

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
I have gone to OHVA for 5 years. In the beginning, things were going pretty well. As others have said though, it is totally different now. The teachers are rude and have hung up on my mother many times. I am sick of the lackluster teaching and how long it takes to get any help or a reply. My grades are slipping and there is very low student participation. I was once in high honors and now I am without the help I need. They won't respond to our emails about acquiring a tutor. The offices are a complete mess and I still haven't received my report card after months of waiting, plus they can't find my records. Thanks K12 & OHVA, for making my school experience miserable.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2014
I have been with this school for over four years and I agree what I saw another parent write. Something has definitely changed with this school. I enrolled my H.S. student and they never gave her a schedule and without any notice whatsoever she was withdrawn and got lables requesting to send the materials back. I now I am having another teacher threatening me with truancy about my younger student who started school late and is almost complete with all his assignments except three and he has over 550 hours as far as attendance goes and he should only have 510 before the end of January and he is far above that. It is awful and when we leave this time we will not be returning. Warning to any parent thinking that you will be allowed the flexibility you need to homeschool your child at your own pace it is no longer like that so sad but true. Truly has gone down hill.

- submitted by a community member
January 03, 2014
Amazing school! My child is able to work at her on paste. Enrolling to this school was one of the best decisions I have made.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
I started my daughter in Kindergarten this year. I was originally intending to do straight up homeschooling, but as I am not a teacher I was nervous about picking out books and worksheets on my own. So I picked this as a middle ground. I like the fact that they supply all the books. I did not like how my daughter was never assessed at the beginning of the school year in order to find how to place her. I asked the teacher about it, because she was too far above the lessons on her plan. The teacher told me to just make her take the assessments, but then it was daily test after test to the point that my daughter was crying and refusing to go any farther. After her first Aimsweb I talked to her teacher who did do an actual assessment on her, and she got moved up into their 1st grade coursework. Now, my daughter has more initiative. I am glad they did that, but it took almost two months into the program. I also feel that they advertise for this "work at your own pace", but it set up as a Mon-Fri thing. It pops up attendance notifications if you decide not to do lessons on a weekday, even if you catch up on Saturday. Plus there is a lot of repetition...way too much repetition.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My husband and I enrolled our son in the 8th grade. He is now in the 11th grade. Best thing we could have done. He was in a Catholic school, but was very unmotivated. He felt left out of all of the circles and cliques and was really struggling. Once enrolled in OHVA he turned around. His grade point is now 3.8 and he ENJOYS learning and studying. He said he doesn't have to worry about what other students are doing and/or saying and appreciates the fact that he does not have to deal with "all the crap" as he puts it, in high school. I highly recommend this school. They have made the transition from regular school to online school easy and it is the best decision that we have done for our son's education.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Positive turn around for a struggling student! In October of 2012 our son was being suspended for a second time from the local school district. As I was walking him in one of the final mornings I heard a group of girls say, "I thought we had gotten rid of him." My son had not heard these comments as he was ahead of them. Over the rest of the school year with OHVA, I watched my son bloom with confidence and ability. He had to work and I had to push but together I found a stronger, happier and better rounded student and son. OHVA was helpful, but parents must be on board with education. Wife and I both have teaching certificates. OHVA is not an answer for everyone but is beneficial for those suffering with peer issues. Our son ended the school year with academic honors for his hard work, finishing the years work in 3 -nine week sessions.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
This school has been a wonderful choice for my daughter. She is a straight A student and she enjoys working independently. She has enrolled in many honors classes, and they have encouraged her to take post-secondary classes her junior and senior year in high school. My daughter is looking forward to her next two years of school with OHVA.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
OHVA is an absolute joke. The teachers and advisors dont care and really do not know what is going on with you. Just to get awnsers you must chase down your teacher or advisor and then send them 20 kmails asking the same question until they finally tell you what you need to know or you get fed up with the constant circle of babble. This school is great for someone who plans to drop out because you dont need to learn anything!! They will jast graduate you for breathing!! They would pass along my dog in this school because they do not care. I would not recomend this program to any one. So far this year do you want to know what I learned? I learned how to cheat and not to ask my teachers or anyone for help.

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2012
This post applies to those searching Eschools for your child with special needs or struggles. Before enrolling, take a look at the state's database on complaints. While my 4 children had attended, it was great for general education on a 3 star rating but for my special needs child, who is very high functioning, it was an utterly nightmare. You are told they can serve your special needs child but it is evident that they have not been successful by any means in their 10 year history. Beware of, "yes, we can serve your child" because it is law that they can't deny enrollment to any child. Do your homework. There are massive amounts of articles written by attorneys and investigators the like on their failure, money driven, FOR PROFIT, school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
I LOVE this school! We get to work at our own pace, take time where needed, and even split up the grade levels. (My son is in mostly 4th grade and 2 of the third grade classes) - which play to his strengths and areas that need more improvements. The class connects are wonderful, they provide EVERYTHING you could think of, and if we need time off or want to work over the summer, we can. We love this school and highly recommend it. (Also, they offer many field trips and opportunities for the kids to mingle.) PS - My son's teachers have gone above and beyond for him in many areas - and make him feel like he's really part of a class.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
OHVA is the best virtual school I have used for my kids so far. The teachers are very involved with the students and they provide numerous class connects for each subject. I also receive constant Kmails from them with updates on the childrens progress.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Last year was our first year with OHVA. My son attending traditional school from preschool to midyear 3rd grade. His teachers were having difficultly with his lack of attention and completing his work in class. He no longer enjoyed school and I began to consider alternatives. I decided to make the leap to eschool in January of his 3rd grade. The curriculum OHVA uses with K12 is so empowering for children. My son went from feeling "dumb" (his words) to now feeling very good about his education. He is not only grasping math but is learning Spanish, History, Art History and Science at a depth traditional school can not reach at this grade level. They also have the courses set up to relate to the same subject matter throughout History, Art, Science and Language Arts so the learning process flows from one subject to the next. As his learning coach I have a flexible plan to guide his coursework and monitor his success. I was very concerned that I might be making a big mistake but it was, without doubt, one of the best decisions I've made as a parent. We have all our materials for 4th grade and he is already asking me when we can start.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
OHVA has been a fantastic school for our family. Our 11 year old daughter and 7 year old son have both been in since kindergarten. We have a two year old who will be enrolling when she's old enough for school. We've had nothing but great experiences with the teachers. They are there for as much or as little help as you need. They are simply an email or phone call away. The curriculum is amazing. It is challenging, engaging, and well organized. Using the combination of books and online work it keeps the kids from getting bored. We love the flexibility of the school, allowing our kids to work at their own pace in all their subjects. When they need more time on an assignment, we can take it. If we have family emergency, we can take care of what needs done and still get school work done. We're able to take a vacation when it fits our schedule and the kids still can keep up on their school work and not have to worry about missing school. We have regular group activities with school friends, like bowling, field trips to museums, anything we feel that would enrich our kids' educations. We wouldn't do anything else.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
We have been with OHVA for 4 yrs and it has been WONDERFUL! The teachers are awesome and my kids LOVE school now! They do their work and classes and don't have tons of homework in the evening. We also get to see their grades and progress right away and don't have to wait for a teachers conference. Our son with Asperger's is doing fantastic and is finally enjoying school. Our daughter that is "gifted" feels challenged and enjoys learning with the K12 program. They have many school outings and activities for the children to participate in and meet other OHVA families. The online classes are fun and interactive. If my children have any problems, it is very easy for them to contact their teachers for help or additional one on one classes. The kids are testing very high on the state tests without all the stress. They can go the bathroom, eat, etc whenever they want to without waiting for a convienient time for a teacher. They can have a peanut butter sandwich and do math problems all at the same time or do it outdoors when the weather is nice. We love OHVA and it has been a huge blessing to our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
Being a fifth year parent with OHVA I am very pleased with the school. The staff is helpful, caring and always willing to answer any questions we have. I have two boys that are working with intervention specialists and the school has placed us with a wonderful speech teacher and a wonderful occupational therapist. I don't know why we waited so long to come to OHVA. There are always ways to connect with other parents and students. With my oldest son being bullied in the brick and mortar schools. He was getting depressed and not wanting to go, with this school he is doing better and able to connect with other kids his age. My oldest daughter graduated this past June and was so happy to hear that she didn't have to retake the O.G.T's because she passed them with flying colors the first time in the 10th grade. I love this school and the staff. Parent from Cincinnati, OH

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
Our experience with OHVA has been positive since her first year (we have been with OHVA for 3 years). My daughter is 15 and will start her junior year in a few weeks. After 3 years with OHVA my husband and I thought it would be good for her to switch back to a traditional school, only because of the student interaction that she currently lacks, but she strongly refuses to even consider the idea. On the other hand, I had to consider the fact that: her report card shows straight A s (except for one B+), she has been taking English & History at a higher level (11th grade History & English in 10th grade); she rated advanced in all areas of the Ohio Graduation Test; and that she will be taking Advance Placement and Honor classes this coming year. So after considering how well she s doing and how much she likes OHVA, I won t bother her with a traditional school that doesn t even offer honor classes. Instead, we ll work on finding more activities that will allow her to meet other like-minded teenagers. I must say that OHVA is not for everyone, but it s the right school for my daughter. Parent from Cincinnati, OH

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
OHVA HS believes that students should have an easy time at math. Therefore, they routinely issue the same subject materials for outgoing 8th grade students and incoming 9th grade students. It doesn't happen for every course, but if it happens for just one, it is too many. Exposing children to typical learning materials for their grade level isn't something that OHVA gets, so if you're considering enrolling your child, be sure to ask questions about placement before you end up with a big surprise. Not all courses have physical textbooks, so beware. If you don't need them, great, but if you travel withouth computer access or if your child needs to hold what she or she is reading, you may find yourself disappointed in science, for instance. Some veteran parents who have used the program for a number of years will staunchly defend OHVA's less-then-desirable practices. Take their advice with a grain of salt as many have no clue what how a high school curriculum should progress simply, because they've never experienced or researched anything else. You may find that OHVA is OK for K-6, but not beyond. Do your research and don't be pulled in by the hard sell and advertisements.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
I've attended many high schools trying to progress in my life, and this has to be the absolute worst of them all. They do not care about their students. They will not help you in anyway other then playing phone tag with you. I would not recommend this school to anyone. I spoke directly to the principle to have him sign one piece of paper allowing me to withdraw from the school and obtain My Ohio GED, And he treated me as nicely as possible when he was on the phone with me. Then would not hold up to his word whatsoever. No one in the administration would help. They have no problem not helping specific students. In the end , the only way I was able to withdraw was refusing to log on daily. And now, Trying to contact their records department , no one returns phone calls. even after days of leaving voice-mails. If you are even considering this school Don't.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2012
I absolutely adore OHVA. The support getting everything set up was perfect, the teachers we've worked with were sublime, and the curriculum goes above and beyond to be relevant and engaging for even the younger students. At every turn, I have felt support and direction, 24 hours a day. I was worried about the social interaction my daughters would be missing by not being in a brick and mortar school, but my fears were quickly laid to rest the first time I looked at the School Calendar. With scores of fabulous outings to choose from, we found ourselves out and interacting nearly every single week, and we've made some great friends as well. This learning experience has truly been a blessing for me, and a huge blessing for my daughters who now love learning once again. I am so thankful we chose OHVA and look forward to many more years working with them. This program is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
I have been with OHVA for 5 years and liked it......But it has definately gone downhill in the quality of teachers and support this year. It seems as if everyone has too many students and when you voice a concern it goes unheard. The teachers are conducting sessions like they are moving through a checklist and aren't really teaching because they may have 75 or more kids in them. Something is definitely off this year and I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone who isn't confident going it alone as a teacher to their children.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
I am a 4th-year OHVA parent and member of the parent steering committee. I have had the opportunity to work with teachers from 5th grade through 10th grade, and I've gotten to work with the administration. I love the dedication and caring of 95% of the OHVA teachers and administration. I love the k12 curriculum. It does sometimes have errors when they roll out a new course, but K12 has personally called me to thank me for the feedback I have sent. They work to update and fix errors real-time when parents report them. I love the hundreds of stories I've heard from parents whose children came to OHVA being a few grades who are now thriving, enjoying learning, and working on or above grade level. The only thing I don't like is how state scoring reflects the fact that many, MANY students are ALREADY behind when they join OHVA. Thus, this school that grows by 10% each year is rewarded with state scoring that more accurately reflects the failures of the schools that students left than the progress that those students are finally making. Finally... as an FYI, the differences in class connect requirements reported here is due to different within-school programs that the school has.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2012
As a parent of a senior in the OHVA program I am completely confused by some of the previous posts concerning class connect sessions. AT MOST, the exception being the first day or two of a semester, my son has never had more than 2 class connects a day. Sometimes we go several days without any other than the non-mandatory class connects in the morning you can join if you are confused about class content. My son has all A's and B's and stays close to the 25 hours per week required by the state of Ohio. The only time he works over is if there is a project that requires extra work. I also must mention that we enrolled for 2nd semester, half way through the year, and he did not have to start the from scratch. I am also in the process of pulling my 3rd grader from the public schools this week to start the program. He will receive the Scantron Test to assess his placement which will allow him to accelerate beyond what he was restricted to doing in the current public school he's in. This is my second round with OHVA. We moved out of state for two years and did not have the program available to us. I can tell you from experience that the program has only gotten better with age!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2012
We have been in OHVA for 6 years and find it wonderful. Both of my children are autistic and the teachers go out of their way to assist them. The teachers and administrators have high expectations yes, but isn't that what we want for our children. My kids both take 2 extra classes a semester and still get done with the day in 5 hours. They do not always go to class connects but they are not mandatory so it is not an issue. As far as state testing, both kids are always in the top percentile. I home schooled on my own and my husband I were a bit nervous about higher grades, OHVA has solved our problem and gives the kids a great experience while giving them the nurturing of being home with me. 2 thumbs up!!! =)

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
It is OK, I started this school about a year ago from this week. I had to start from day 1, when it was already 3/4 quarters of the year done. Did NOT gain what I needed to learn for the last school term year term, I was 1 year advanced in Science, could NOT get in the next grade level for science.. Must get 80 percent or higher on ALL assignments, everything for the day (class) was about 2 hours of work. Very high and long expectations, not as flexible as it looks promising, over all, it is OK.

- submitted by a community member
October 19, 2011
I have the same comment as the review right below. My son is also a freshman. He is the type that never goofs around. Very self motivated. But the time it requires for him to complete his work is sometimes way to much. I'll use Tuesday as an example. He has four class connects (live classes) the each are scheduled for 1 hour each but it is not unusual for them to go more than an hour. Then he can start his regular classwork. Science, math, english and history each take at least an hour each to do the class work. Now were are up to 8+ hours allready. Spanish class can take between 1.5 to 2 hours. P.E. takes 30 min. Up to 10.5 hours now. They want the students to spend an average of 1 hour a day in Study Island. 11.5 hours now. Then add on any tests, benchmark testing, scantron testing, or labs for science and you are easily over 12 hours of classwork. .5 hours for lunch and supper so you can see many days he is spending 12 to 15 HOURS a day on school! Many days he starts school at 9am and is still working at midnight!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2011
I must totally disagree with you. My son is on his 5th year with OHVA. He is a freshman this year and our problem is just the opposite. He is required to take class connect teaching sessions with teachers every day. Some days he has 5 class connect sessions, each an hour long, this makes it very hard to then do the hour in each class that is required in his 6 classes in addition to the class connect hours. He is logging between 8 and 12 hours a day for attendance. I feel this is way too much time. They don't work that many hours in public school. The teachers are great, but if you as a parent are not willing to be very involved with your students learning, they will not do well in this program. I have talked with other homeschool parents and there kids use Abeca and they are done with their school work by 1:00 to 2:00. We are usually not even done with half of our work by that time. Something needs to be done about all of these mandatory class connect sessions every day. When the system is down and we don't have to attend we are done by 4:00, the way it should be. Oh, and there are days we don't even get a lunch break because they schedule sessions during lunch.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
I have been with OHVA for 2 years now, and I teach 2 grade age students. The curriculum is very comprehensive and well rounded. The teachers, administrative staff and technical support are profesional and helpful. Parents can tailor how much or how little they want to cover on certain subjects and students who strugle are offered additional help as well as students who are advanced participate in ALP classes. OHVA makes it an easy and organized way to provide your children with QUALITY education.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
OHVA is a pretty good homeschool. I have been a student for only one year, but I really like it. OHVA has lots of courses you can take. As a junior, I am taking honors classes and classes that were not available at my old public school. The teachers are really nice and actually know what they are talking about. One bonus that I like is that it is not all online. They send books for your courses also. And just because you are homeschooled doesn't mean you can't make friends. There are many out of school get togethers, dances, and student council. Overall, I think that if you are looking for a great public homeschool, OHVA is a good choice. oh and you do take state standardized tests and graduation test

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2011
I've been with OHVA for 5 years now. I love the curriculum. This is a program that definitely requires parental involvement. I have two children in this program, and my children have scored in the advanced or accelerated level each year they've been involved with OHVA. For parents that wish to be hands on with their children's education, this program will work for you.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
Not all schools are for everyone. It was apparent that OHVA and its staff lacks the intellectual ability to provide education that is required and mandated by laws, regulations, and procedural guidelines that are set forth. Some teachers or lack thereof, are just as poor as the traditional schools. Having 4 children, one with special needs, I was told during enrollment what to expect and what was received was simply what we seen for many years in the public school system. Their teachers that are simply collecting a paycheck and putting little or no effort in what the job entails, "to educate children".

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
Educator and parent of 4 children I am appalled at the lack of real education this social system rams down my children s throat. Looking at this schools curriculum made me afraid of the types of people this school is turning out. Socialist agenda and regurgitated foolishness seems to be the only reason for the schools existence. It is no wonder so many parents who care about social brainwashing are avoiding the public schools. Run if you care about truth !

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
I have friends enrolled in other public online schools in Ohio and my children have been enrolled for 3 years with OHVA. We decided to make the switch when my son was in 3rd grade because he was bored in the brick and mortar school he attended. When I spoke with his teachers, they stated that there are 25 students, some behind, some right on target, and some ahead, and only one teacher. Since there was only so much she could do, she suggested we challenge him at home. That's when I looked into online public school. Since then, I have learned how much time is wasted in B&M schools. I like OHVA best out of the other Ohio online schools because they have a strong and challenging curriculum and wonderful teacher support. There are only a couple assignments required to turn into the teacher. I like that my children truly can work at their own pace. We usually are able to order next years classes so that the kids don't get stagnant over the summer. OHVA has had some bugs to work out but I've been patient with them and they really do listen to the parents and students and are quick to make changes and fixes where necessary.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
We have been with OHVA for five years and love it. My son is in middle school now and everything is still running smoothly. I highly recommend this school. Every school is concerned about the state testing, and this school is no different in that respect. There are some very usefull side courses thrown in to help with test taking. These take a short time to complete and have really helped my son. Kids can choose between learning a language or music class. We were sent a computer, printer and boxes of books and supplies. We receive a quarterly check for $44 to help pay for our internet use. The kids can log on to homeroom class every Monday and there are "Live" online classes, as well. Overall, I think this school is wonderful and my son does, too.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2010
I have a seven year old second grader enrolled in OHVA. This is our first year with the school. I have found the curriculum challenging, of high interest to my son, and very easy to follow. The school day is a full 5-6 hour day excluding breaks. The beauty of OHVA is that your child can move on if a lesson is too easy or stay back if it is too hard. We have experienced both, some days we move ahead and sometimes we spend another day on a difficult concept. It is wonderful to be involved in my child's learning and know what his weaknesses are and his strengths and adjust the day and curriculum to help him to learn at his optimal level. It is a fantastic program however plan on 5-6 hours of work.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
My son attended OHVA for his sophomore year of high school. Had multiple problems with communications with teachers (not getting answers to emails when he needed help etc.) as well as many problems turning work in due to their system. Teachers contradicted their own assignments often and weren't available. Getting a copy of his transcript so that he can transfer has been a nightmare. I've been on the phone repeatedly for over a week trying to reach someone and never get a real person, and nobody has returned any of my calls. The counselor at the new school has had the same problem. His school starts in two days and unless we get some reply before then he won't be able to start on time. Beyond ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2010
My daughter was a student in Ohva for 3 years. The first year was a great experience. But 2nd and 3rd year soured due to overemphasis on test preparation, poor teacher and administrator quality. Too much emphasis on "getting work done" and not on mastery. We are not returning this year.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
The teacher my son had this past year (2009-2010) was wonderful and very involved with helping her students learn. However, the quality of the teaching staff is overshadowed by a poor administrative staff, especially those in the areas of records and parent support. The school does not make the withdraw process easy and the curriculum is not challenging enough for students who need the challenge. There are many grammatical errors throughout the lessons and many more made during interaction with school staff. This reflects poorly upon the school itself in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
Due to a drop in my son's test score, he was taken out of the accelerated class for 5th grade. Not understanding why the he qualified for accelerated in 6th grade, but not 5th, we decided to look at options with his education. Not only is the curriculum already accelerated, but because he was allowed to work ahead and completed two years of math. As this was only meant to be a temporary solution until we got out from under the out-of-touch principal, this year was such a blessing that we are having a difficult time justifying putting him back in B & M. Never did I think we would all be so happy with OHVA.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
If you are fed up with the politics, ridiculous policies, and lack of accountability from your local brick and mortar school, and you are ready to invest daily in your child's future, OHVA is the place for you and your child! The teachering staff is remarkable; high level of communication between parent and teacher can be expected. Frequent benchmark testing to ensure learning and wonderful social events both online and offline are just another reason why your family should try OHVA.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
OHVA [Ohio Virtual Academy] has a great curriculum and wonderful teachers that are part of the learning process. K-8 students need to have one parent that is able to stay at home and help with lessons and the learning process. HS can be different and the students do work on their own and classes are lead by the various HS teachers. Parent are able to check on progress be part of the recording process. Social parts of the school such as outings and other gatherings have locations around in the state and more things are offered for K-8 than HS. This is a great program for the independent learner and for families that travel and want a schedule that is not 8:00 - 3:00.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
It is a great school with wonderful teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I graduated from OHVA last year. It is probably the best thing you can do for you student. If they have trouble learning at a pace to keep up with others, there is no problem here. You learn at your own pace! I would consider it an advanced curriculum and students can get plenty of help from numerous other students from around the state and from many different teachers. If you are worried about the social aspect, don't worry. Since I started OHVA back in 8th grade, the school has been constantly improving including getting events together. Encourage your student to run for president and they can control what the school does for fun or can volunteer at and get others involved. This is what my team did for three years. Be the next class of 'XX. You won't regret and you have the school, the alumni, and numerous other's support behind you to help you get through school. Just ask and you will receive!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 28, 2010
I love the flexibility for the students to work at their own pace, the freedom associated with e-school, and the responsibility the kids learn from having a shared responsibility for their own schooling.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I LOVE OHVA because of the great curriculum, great teachers, great staff and great families. It can't get any better than this!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I absolutely love the K12 curriculum, especially history and language arts. OHVA provides families with more support than I ever dreamed we would have when we first started this adventure. The class connect sessions that are offered are phenomenal. All of our teachers have made themselves available for one-on-one time when my kids have come across more challenging areas. OHVA allows the freedom to be as independent as we desire, while providing the type of support our kids need to be successful learners.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 28, 2010
I love the opportunity to be involved in my son's educations while getting help when we need it by the excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
OHVA is about PARTNERSHIP with parents, teachers, staff and students!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 27, 2010
The one on one time I get to teach with my kids that is so precious!!! The teachers are wonderful and always there when you need them.OHVA is wonderful!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Great teachers, Great curriculum, involved parents - wonderful combination!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
OHVA offers a world class educational experience to students of all walks of life. Online ClassConnect sessions and Face2Face real word events encourage social skills in a non-distracting manner. If only I had learned about OHVA sooner! Communications sent by the school's administration and staff via K-mail is a great way to run a green school! :)

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I love that all our lessons are layed out for us! So easy to use. You can move ahead, or work more on lessons if needed. My kids love that they only have 5 hours of work a day, as opposed to 7 hrs of school plus 2 hrs of homework a night! Makes it so easy if we are sick, or just want a day off. We dont miss any thing! The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
We love OHVA and it is a great fit in our family. We joined the school 7 years ago and have given our children a great education through the school! The teachers and staff are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I love having my son home with me and he is learning so much more than at his old brick and mortar school. The k12 curriculum used is awesome!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Helpful staff, teachers and support. This was our first year and hopefully there will be many more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Ohio Virtual Academy gives my child a great tools to learn. She can learn at her own pace and has plenty of opportunties in her virtual class to ask questions and experience learning in a very positive and safe learing enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I love ohva because they are very hands on with all of their students.. and no matter the issue they never give up on them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The curriculum is fantastic, the teachers are simply the best and working at home has provided my child a safe, happy environment to learn!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
OHVA (K12) provides a rigorous, top-notch education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I love OHVA because it gives me the opportunity to be more involved with what my children are learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
My son is severely dyslexic. In standard public schools, he was not given work to challenge him intellectually because they didn't have the staff to help him do the necessary reading and writing. With OHVA, he gets the help he needs and gets to do the work that he is capable of doing.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
The Teachers and staff really care about the students. I get a response to all questions and/or concerns.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
My son has never attended a B&M school. He tested into 1st grade and are now completing 2nd. Sorry to read of bad experiences, but we love the program. The phonics program is amazing. He now reads at almost a 4th grade reading level, and we attribute that to phonics based lessons. The history program surpasses any in public school. He has had the same teacher for both years. He runs to see her at events, and she knows him and his personality. She is very pro-active online with extra classes and is always available for those who need extra help. That may not be the case for everyone, but we have had no bad experiences. Math has too much paperwork, but parents of hands on children can get up, go to the kitchen/store/wherever, and teach a concept, until the child masters it. He is a happy, safe and well-adjusted child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2010
My grandson attended OHVA from3-8. We decided to send him to North Ridgeville High School, what a mistake. Most of the teachers are lousy, a few are ok. We are returning to OHVA next year. I have always been happy with the teachers and service I have received.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
Too much emphasis on testing

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
I attended OHVA in my twelfth grade year and was completely dissatisfied with the school. The teachers are mediocre at best and don't care about their job. I had to wait weeks to get assignments graded. The cirriculum wasn't challenging and I always had problems with the computer and the school network being down. I would e-mail the school and tell them about the problems and they would deny that they existed; that it was my fault. I wouldn't reccommend anyone enroll in this school. Ever.

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2010
OHVA looked good, so I put my 4.0 honors student @ OHVA to get AP courses. But buggy software rejected assignments and conflicting screens hid zeros. I wasn't told she was failing until after their deadline. Despite multiple calls and proof that she had submitted the work, the superintendent did not respond and erroneous transcripts were sent to colleges - she may not be accepted and definitely has been denied merit scholarships solely as a result of OHVA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
We were with OHVA for the 2007/8 school year. Moved on to bricks-n-mortar for the following year, and now we're back with OHVA. There is no comparison!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
I love this school. It gives me the flexibility to teach them when something in the day comes up. The materials are the best I've seen. The curriculum is easy to follow and fun for the kids. I can't imagine having a better school or teacher guidance than what I get from OHVA.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2009
If I could give 6 stars on this scale, I would. I have 2 kids enrolled, 8th and 2nd grades. This school has by far been the best thing that has happened for my family. I have had nothing but positive experiences!! This is our 7th year with OHVA and I just cannot say enough about the staff and teachers. Everyone is always just a phone call or email away and they always reply quickly and professionally.

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April 24, 2009
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April 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
I have 2 children in a private school AND I have one being educated through OHVA. I am very impressed with their curriculum and find the academics to be exciting and challenging. The accountability maintained through regular progress and attendance recording is an asset. My child loves this form of education and is very happy to learn. The teachers are amazing and the guides I've received have aided me in being a capable learning coach for my child. Thank you OHVA for being an educational CHOICE for families needing something different for their child/ren to help them learn more comfortably and efficiently.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
Not very good academic wise but alows for flexibility

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 16, 2009
A very excellent school. I went from an F student to an A student because of the freedom I got with homeschooling. I even did my schoolwork at 3pm at times, or slept inbetween classes. I almost always stood up because either way, I will learn and do all my work. This was a wonderful school. Too bad my parents took me back to public school thinking I would make friends. I am now back to being an F student. This school is wonderful. Stay!

- submitted by a student
February 04, 2009
OHVA has given our family wonderful opportunities a public or private school never could. We have been with OHVA for 2 years and not once have I heard any of my kids say they 'hate' school like they were saying in the B&M schools. If you are committed - and willing to teach at 100% - you and your child(ren) will greatly benefit from the experience. I have found teaching my kids to be so rewarding.And I have even reinforced some of my own educational accomplishments through teaching them. You also have the flexibility to incorporate your own philosophies into the cirriculum. Such as religion, or finances, or technology. OHVA allows you to tailor-make your childs education that best fits their learning style.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
We love this school! My son has only been with them for 2 months but, he has shown so much progress! I am to the point of enrolling my other boys in it too!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
This is my daughters second year at OHVA. She is dyslexic and dysgraphic. Although she attended a brick and mortar school with a good rating she was struggling academically and emotionally. Within her 1st year at OHVA she was able to pull her reading up to grade level and reach Advanced level in all categories of the Ohio Achievement test. The curriculum is challenging but the beautiful part is when your child is not grasping a concept you can keep working at it until they do. In a classroom you need to get it or be left behind because the class will move on.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
This is our 3rd year with OHVA, but 1st year in the High School. Why to go! I have a son with ODD and ADHD...he does wonderful. The lessons are complete and he enjoys going to class. The added extras are awesome...he can go to the Big Think and meet kids just like hi all over the country in a safe environment.!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
This is my first year with OHVA - my son is ADHD and struggled with traditional public schools. This is the first year that he actually enjoyed his classes and able to do his lessons at anytime. The flexibility of schedule is nice especially when he has athletic activities. OHVA expects the child to master the lessons and gave my son an opportunity to review lessons. OHVA family community is also very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2008
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August 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2008
Last year was our first year for our son. The difference from the public school was night and day.My wife is a stay at home and that is a big advantage.There is no question that he learned more this past year than the previous year.Think outside the box. Think OVHA.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
Difficult if both parents are working; excellent, yet challenging curriculum; too many students assigned to each teacher--not enough one-on-one when help is needed

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
My children attended OHVA for one year and it was the most awesome experience for them and me. I learned everyday with my children and I can't stress how spectacular the curriculum is. If every school followed the OHVA style, this country could solve alot of its problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
We have been an OHVA family for four years. It has been a wonderful experience to work with teachers who care about the student and not just the state's achievement tests as a foundation for educaiton. The school has a great curriculum and the ability to either work above grade level or slow down to accomodate other issues if necessary. No child is left behind in this school. This school is just as accountable if not more so than the public schools in our area. I am thankful for OHVA.

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July 02, 2007
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July 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 23, 2007
OHVA uses K12 curriculum. It is user-friendly and comprehensive. We have had field trips to the Museum of Natural History, COSI, and holiday parties. We have music and art classes and competitions. I am very involved. My daughter is in first grade, so I teach her all of the lessons. We get weekly e-mail newsletters from her teacher. She has made many friends and we are able to travel and take our work with us. We record attendance and receive lessons on the computer, so anywhere there's a computer we can have school. The teachers are all accredited and some have advanced and specialized degrees. We have opportunities to meet the head of school, staff, and principals.

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January 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
excellent support from a real teacher makes this school superior to any school in any district. the child in this school is exposed to an accelerated curriculum at his or her own pace and receives support from a talented teaching staff. no brick walls are needed for this school because its foundation is based on strong roots of great educators and great thinkers.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
Ohva has been a great experience for my daughter. Her learing has just skyrocketed the teacher have been so great. I would highly reccomend ohva and the k12 curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
Excellent traditional curriculum. Self-paced study, opportunity to work on problem areas more intensely. The program is well-organized and the staff is helpful. I highly recommend this program for a parent who has time to devote several hours a day to teaching her child at home. The middle school curriculum would be challenging to a non-college educated parent. I am using the 7th grade program and have seen great improvements in my daughter's math skills and writing skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
The Ohio Virtual Academy uses the superior curriculum K12. The courses are far superior to what you'll find in your local public schools, and even in most private schools. The charter school sends you this curriculum to use at home with your child, so a fair amount of parental involvement is necessary, depending on your child's are. The teachers in this charter school are a wonderful support and not intruding in any way. If you are currently unhappy with your public or private school, OHVA and K12 might be just what you've been looking for!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
Ohio Virtual Academy Is the best choice of school if you want your kids to have a safe enviroment and quality education. OHVA's administration is outstanding. enroll your child into OHVA today at www.Ohva.org if you Want your child to be in a #1 School.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2005
OHVA (ohio virtual academy)I would say has excellent teachers. The teachers will help anyone who asks and they are very professional. You have to meet face to face 4 times a year submit to testing and send in samples 4 times a year. You have calls every month so you can speak with the teachers about concerns they may see or just to let you know all is well. If there is a problem they call more often. For whatever this school may lack the Teachers and the k12 material more then make up for. This is my 2nd year and I school 3.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2005
A public chartered school using the k12 curriculum developed by William Bennett(former Sec. of Education),where children log in daily from home on a school provided free computer to take tests, view interactive subject lessons, and keep track of attendence and progress hours. Along with the up to nine boxes of supplemental materials(textbooks,workbooks,manipulatives, and art and science supplies), I have never seen a more complete curriculum that corelates from subject to subject. My Daughter enjoyed learning about the early colonies in history and then decided that if we had lived in that time period as a family she would of loved to have been a limner by trade.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2004
OHVA is a virtual public charter school. Parents teach children at home with guidance, support from certified teachers and staff. I've been with OHVA since 2002. Curriculum considered classical, advanced for grade level. Students expected to read well by 2nd grade. Phonics program out of this world, best I've ever seen/used. Produces great spellers. Read lots of classics. History is fun, language arts, thorough. Lots of writing! You receive all books, science, music and art supplies, workbooks, textbooks, and computer. Non-comsumables returned to school at year's end. Mixture of on and offline lessons. Great online management tools for parents. Takes a few weeks to adjust to the curriculum and online school. Can be hard to teach multiple students. Must be disciplined. Students required to meet state proficiency standards. Teachers and staff are caring, helpful, have desire for excellence. Check out OHVA.org - Call school to speak to a current parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2004
The Ohio Virtual Academy is an excellent alternative to traditional schools. The school provides everything needed to teach your child a rich and engaging curriculum. You receive great skilled teachers to provide encouragement and support, planned enrichment and social activities and all the supplies needed, free of charge. K12 is a superior curriculum and we have been so pleased using it! I would recommend Ohio Virtual Academy or K12 to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2004
My child was a student for two years at the school. The curriculum was advanced for the grade level and also for the public schools in the area. The book,s, computer and art and music items were given to you. The only items needed to teach were ink for the printer and paper. You were given a small amount of money to pay for the internet fees. Teaching over the internet was great the lessons are well done with excellent graphics and links to other web sites which made the lessons all the more interesting. Teaching this way allows you to be flexible on hours of teaching to your child. If your child is ill you can teach on the weekend. The negative side is that the learning disabled child needs more hands on help (time), from the special education teacher who visits the home monthly.

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Ohio Virtual Academy
1655 Holland Rd Ste F, Maumee, OH  43537
(877) 900-5602
Last modified Ohio Virtual Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ohio Virtual Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 110 reviews. Top