Fairborn Digital Academy is continuing its commitment to helping students succeed by receiving high honors from the Ohio State Board of Education.
This month, with state report cards released, Fairborn Digital Academy received an “Exceeds Standard” rating in three overall categories of performance.
School report cards give the community an overall evaluation and picture of the progress a school or district is making toward preparing students for the future. The report measures data and performance in areas critical to learning and future success.
Fairborn Digital Academy received the “Exceeds Standards” rating in graduation rate, gap closing, and achievement.
This rating is especially meaningful for Fairborn Digital Academy. As a dropout-recovery school focuses on supporting students who were not thriving in traditional school settings to meet their goals of graduation.
“We are very proud of all the work the students and staff have done to continue receiving this recognition from the State Board of Education,” said Executive Director Erik Tritsch. “We are committed to helping these students meet their goals and to become thriving adults in our communities.”
Fairborn Digital Academy, a public community school, was founded in 2002 by Robert Grimshaw to provide a school of choice to traditional high school students in grades 9-12. It offers a self-paced, low pressure solution with personal attention from accountability coaches to help students overcome obstacles, succeed and graduate.
The “online-plus-class time” school setting is ideal for students who, for various reasons, thrive in a smaller, more focused environment. FDA has an innovative take on what some students need to succeed; all the latest technology, a smaller, more focused setting, individualized instruction plans for all students, and tutoring on an as-needed basis.
Students may enroll from Fairborn and contiguous school districts. Currently, 250 students are enrolled in the school from contiguous districts in its geography, including Fairborn, Beavercreek, Xenia, Dayton, Yellow Springs, Huber Heights, Greenon, Tecumseh, and Mad River.
“FDA is one of just a handful of dropout-prevention and recovery schools in the state,” Tritsch said. “We work very hard to help students overcome obstacles by embracing their various adversities and working with them, not against them, to support them to succeed. Our students are excelling with hands-on attention and in the cooperative and supportive environment we are able to provide in the school. This recognition from the state isn’t a recognition for the building, or the system. It’s entirely owed to the efforts of our students and our staff,” Tritsch said.