Frequently Asked Questions
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What is QDA?

QDA is a non-profit public school that was founded in 2003 to give students in the New Philadelphia area an alternative education option. We have since expanded and now allow students from across the State of Ohio to enroll.

How would my child benefit from attending QDA?

  • Your child will receive a high quality education that prepares him or her for their future. This means they will receive a great deal of personal attention from teachers, have more extensive course offerings than traditional schools, and learn in a safe environment.
  • Students are not required to access their courses at a specific time. Students may access their courses 24/7 from any computer system that has access to the Internet (book based programs are also available).
  • With the ability to learn from anywhere at anytime, QDA allows students to work through their coursework at an accelerated pace if they so choose. QDA student graduates at 15! - Times Reporter Article

What grade levels does QDA offer?

We offer curriculum from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Is there a cost to attend QDA?

QDA is a public school so the tuition costs are paid by dollars allocated by the state.  There is no cost to the parent.

Is my child eligible to enroll in QDA?

Any student who is a resident of Ohio and under the age of 22 may enroll at QDA for free. Note: In 2015 the Ohio Department of Education started the Adult 22+ High School Diploma Program which allows QDA to offer an option for adult students. For more information, please visit:

Is the QDA curriculum accredited? 

Yes, all QDA curricula are approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

Can I enlist in the Military after I grade from QDA?

Yes, the Department of Defense has determined that students with a a high school diploma and score 50 or above on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) will now receive Tier 1 enlistment priority. Click here for more information.

How much time will my child spend doing school work during the day/year?

QDA is open all year long which gives students choices and flexibility. Students in grades K-7 are required to complete 900 hours of instruction and students in grades 8-12 are required to complete 990 hours of instruction. Each student is required to attend school 180 days per year and work five and a half hours per day. QDA actively tracks student attendance to ensure students are meeting attendance requirements.

How will my child's progress be monitored?

Each student is assigned an Instructional Supervisor (an Ohio certified teacher) to monitor and ensure they are making adequate progress in their coursework. 

Students may contact their Instructional Supervisor through phone, email or in-person during the week.

Does QDA provide the technology and materials necessary for my child to attend school online?

QDA is committed to providing the resources that each student will need in order to reach his or her full potential educationally, creatively, and personally. Students are provided with a computer, curriculum, textbooks, technical support, and an Ohio certified teacher who monitors each student's progress. 

While we do not provide Internet Service, we do provide Internet Reimbursement up to $40 a month. 

What if my child is not computer literate? Can he or she still participate? Is there support?

Students do not need to have an extensive knowledge of computers to be successful at QDA. Students will be shown how to navigate their curriculum during the orientation process and tutorials are available on our Learning Management System. For technical support questions, our staff is able to fix most problems over the phone or through a secure remote desktop session where we can control the student's computer system.

How will my child socialize in QDA?

QDA offers fields trip throughout the year that students and their families may attend. Information about each field trip can be found on our event calendar.