What is QDA?
QDA is a non-profit public online 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.
Who can enroll at QDA?
Any Ohio resident between 5 and 22. QDA is a K-12 school. Students over the age of 22 that need a few credits to graduate may be elligble to enroll in our Adult 22+ High School Diploma Program.
How much is tuition?
QDA is tuition free. There is no cost to the student or their family.
How will my student benefit from attending QDA?
Your student will receive a custom tailored education to meet their needs. In additional to a large course library we assign Instructional Supervisors to each student so their progress can be closely monitored and they are available to assist students when needed.
How will my student know what to do?
Every student that enrolls must go through our orientation process. Students may come to their local office or it will be conducted over the phone. During this orientation process the student’s Instructional Supervisor will show them how to navigate their courses, go over school policies, and show them how to access various resources. QDA has also created an extensive knowledge base to answer frequently asked question. If at any time a student has a question they may contact their Instructional Supervisor or call us toll free at 1-866-968-7032.
How will my student's progress be monitored?
At QDA each student is assigned an Instructional Supervisor (IS) to be the main contact for the student and their family. The "IS" is responsible for monitoring the students’ progress on a bi-weekly basis and communicating progress/expectations with the student and their family.
QDA has also invested in a new Student Information System that will allow parents/guardians to monitor progress for all of their students from one account.
Why do we assign Instructional Supervisors?
A single person monitors a student’s progress across all courses which equals greater accountability and students have a single point of contact for all questions.
How is QDA different than a traditional school?
QDA has a large course library which allows students to access courses that may not be available in every school district. Students may access their courses 24/7 from any computer system that has access to the Internet. This allows students to work at their own pace.
How is QDA different than other online schools?
QDA has four offices located around the State staffed by members of the community and we do not use a for-profit management company. We also have access to multiple curriculum options so students can select from a large course library.
Do students attending online schools have to meet the same standards as traditional schools?
Yes. Students enrolled at QDA are required to take State Mandated Assessments and meet Graduation Requirements specified by the State Board of Education. Students are also required to attend regularly.
How much time will my student spend doing school work during the day/year?
Students are expected to work 5 to 5.5 hours per school day. Students may work up to ten hours pay day to "get ahead" or to "catch up" if they choose. At the end of the school year students must have 920 hours of attendance (if they enrolled on the first day of school).
If my student isn't done when the school year ends what will happen?
Students may continue to work until their courses expire.
Can my student enlist in the Military after graduation?
The military recognizes a diploma from QDA the same as a diploma from any traditional school. Students are encouraged to speak with a local recruiter if they are interested in the Military.
What if I don’t have access to a computer or the Internet?
Students will be issued a computer system to use while they are enrolled. While QDA does not provide Internet, we reimburse up to $40/month (please see our Internet Service Reimbursement Policy for more information).
What about opportunities for student socialization?
QDA plans regular field trips to points of interest for its students. In the past, QDA students have visited museums, aquariums, gone to plays and theatrical experiences, and traveled to the zoo! QDA is committed to providing an educational experience both on and off the computer!
What does QDA stand for?
QDA stands for Quaker Digital Academy. QDA's sponsor is New Philadelphia City Schools and their school mascot is the Quaker.