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Academics at Gateway Online Academy of Ohio

Engaging Minds

The road to your high school diploma starts here!

Everything can be personalized – phone ringers and cases, Facebook statuses, clothes, and playlists. Everything except how we learn. Today, that changes! GATEWAY ONLINE ACADEMY OF OHIO allows students to choose their path to the future through their individualized success plan. Courses are self-paced to allow students to accelerate their learning. Gateway Ohio provides a real opportunity for 21st-century students to earn their high school diploma – and it is tuition-free.

  • Earn more credits in a flexible, individualized program
  • Partner with a success coach to map out personalized goals to graduate
  • Course scheduling to accommodate work and life in rolling cohorts

SENATE BILL 311 (the Ohio Core legislation) raised the graduation requirements for high school students to increase the number of students ready to meet the demands of our global and technological age. Ohio’s program for credit flexibility is designed to broaden the scope of curricular options available to students, increase the depth of study possible for a particular subject, and allow tailoring of learning time and/or conditions. The Plan is designed to customize learning around students’ interests and needs.

Today’s high school students have grown up in the digital age and use online technology to connect and learn. They respond to an innovative and engaging curriculum. We offer an array of courses tailored to prepare them for life after high school.

Program Overview

This education option gives students a personalized way to guide their learning. Credit flexibility is one way to increase a student’s interest in school and motivation to learn. It provides equitable access to various course options to all students throughout Ohio.

Credit flexibility is personalizing education to individual students’ learning styles and interests. Students demonstrate what they know and move on to advanced content. They learn subject matter and earn course credit in ways not limited to “seat time” or the confines of a school building. Credit flexibility includes personalization of students’ learning around their interests and needs, which might consist of flexible schedules and a choice of environments (such as online learning or work- and community-based experiences), as well as options to pursue their interest areas, combine subjects, and demonstrate professional skills.

Each student, their family, and school create the credit flexibility plan together, based on the local district’s requirements, including how the student will demonstrate competency in subject areas. The district’s policy typically contains a credit application, which would include information on the course, how much credit the student seeks, and how the student will be assessed for course credit.

Gateway Online Academy of Ohio offers the Credit Flexibility Program (CFP) to all students; however, the following prerequisites for participation apply:

Any student may participate in the CFP at any time

All CFP plans must be submitted and approved before the start of any related learning experiences

Students may earn credits by:

  • Completing coursework
  • Testing out of or demonstrating mastery of core content
  • Pursuing one or more “educational options” (e.g., distance learning, educational travel, independent study, an internship, music, arts, after-school/tutorial program, community service, or other engagement projects and sports).

Credit flexibility is intended to motivate and increase student learning by allowing:

  • Access to more learning resources, especially real-world experiences
  • Customization around individual student needs
  • Use multiple learning measures, especially those that require students to demonstrate what they know and can do, apply their understanding, or document performance.

Work-based learning experiences are conducted at a work site during or after school. They are designed to provide authentic learning experiences for students that link academic, technical, and professional skills. Business and education partners evaluate and supervise the experiences, which must be documented with training or learning plans and evaluation forms. Additional guidelines may apply (eligibility, required competencies, credit granted, etc.) around these experiences.

A guidance counselor and student success coach will work with you/your student to determine eligibility.

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