Twenty-two seniors stepped up to receive their diplomas as they graduated from Fairborn Digital Academy on Wednesday, January 18. More than 150 proud family members, teachers and staff joined in the celebration at American Legion Hall in Fairborn. The event was especially poignant because some of the students thought they would never graduate. But the caring teachers and staff, and the students’ own commitment and desire to graduate helped them overcome the obstacles to earning credits and passing tests.
Fairborn Digital Academy’s students vary from students who are in danger of dropping out, or are overwhelmed at a larger school, to high achievers who earn dual credits as they prepare for college. Some are as hungry for food as they are for knowledge; some have jobs and family responsibilities that make FDA a better fit for their schedules. With concentrated effort in a “no drama” atmosphere, and the one-on-one help of accountability coaches, some FDA students are graduating even earlier than they had expected. FDA will hold another ceremony in June.
Founded in 2002 by Robert Grimshaw as a drop-out recovery school, Fairborn Digital Academy has steadily grown as more students learn of the option to study one or two days a week at the school and completing required lessons the remainder of the time at home. FDA equips its students with the teachers, testing, computers, software, and network necessary to facilitate optimum online learning that culminates in graduation. All of the students have the option of coming to school five days a week if they wish. Bus transportation and lunches are available through a contract with Fairborn City Schools.
“We value the individual differences in our students. Our goal is to not only facilitate their graduation, but also to teach them how to learn throughout their lives,” stated Erik Tritsch, Principal of FDA. “Our skilled teaching staff is dedicated to their success. To earn credits and graduate, students must be committed to doing lessons at home, which requires self-discipline and commitment.”
Students and parents wishing to learn more about Fairborn Digital Academy can contact the principal, Erik Tritsch, at 937-879-0511.