17 High School Students Graduate from Fairborn Digital Academy
Fairborn Digital Academy (FDA) presented diplomas to 17 seniors at its graduation ceremony on January 15, 2013 at the American Legion Hall in Fairborn. There were 140 in attendance. It was FDA’s first graduation of the year; the second will be June 18. Students are required to pass all of the Ohio Graduation Tests and meet all curriculum requirements established by the Ohio Board of Education in order to earn their diplomas. Graduates are:
Last year, 52 students graduated from FDA, the only charter school in Ohio to rate as “Effective” or better and meet Annual Yearly Progress. It has earned a 95.6% Performance Index.
The school, located at 700 Black Lane in Fairborn, has realized steady growth in students and graduates since its inception in 2002. Fairborn Digital Academy (FDA) is a state-chartered school that fulfills a special niche in the education system for those students who thrive in a smaller, more academically focused and flexible environment. It is available for high achievers who want to earn both college and high school credits; those who are at risk of dropping out or have dropped out; those who require special education courses; and those students who need to fulfill family and work responsibilities. Most students attend formal classes one or two days a week and do the rest of their class work at home. Open year ’round, FDA also offers a home-based summer school curriculum.
FDA equips its students with the teachers, testing, computers, software, and network necessary to facilitate optimum online learning that culminates in graduation. Students have the option of coming to school to study any time, as long as space is available. Bus transportation for Fairborn residents is available, and lunches are offered to all students through a contract with Fairborn City Schools. FDA accepts students in grades 9 – 12 from a 50-mile radius.
“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. “Our skilled teaching staff is dedicated to student success. To earn credits and graduate, students must be committed to doing lessons at home, which requires self-discipline and concentration.”
Students and parents wishing to learn more about Fairborn Digital Academy may contact Erik Tritsch at 937-879-0511, or visit the website at www.fairborndigital.us.