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Back-to-School Season Hailed a Success at Friendship Public Charter School Online (FPCSO)


Suzanne Conway is an elementary and middle school English teacher at FCSO and a teacher ambassador.  

Friendship Public Charter School Online (FPCSO) is celebrating another great school year and welcomes all new families! Washington D.C. boasts a whopping 118 public charter schools and 111 public schools serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade. One of D.C.'s smallest schools, FPCSO is the only online public charter school in the District that enrolls students in kindergarten through eighth grade.   

Students enrolled in FPCSO are schooled at home and receive all course materials and needed equipment. This allows them to access their student plan, which is delivered digitally through the online platform.  

All students have an engaged learning coach (LC), which is usually the parent at home with the student.  LCs are trained on the student's plan, how to navigate the online school and find online books and tutorials, and they meet regularly with the homeroom teacher to keep the student making forward progress throughout the year.Unknown Object

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Keystone Student Wins Same Student Essay Contest as Taylor Swift




Written by: Tatyana White-Jenkins


“When my mom and I came to live with my dad in the US, I knew I was here for a larger purpose.” That is what Keystone student Hayat Cherif wrote her sophomore year in an essay titled “What Keeps Me Going,” an essay inspired by her passion for helping others.


Her powerful essay made her one of ten winners of the Creative Communication's national essay contest-  the same writing contest pop superstar Taylor Swift won back in 2008! 


Now a junior at Keystone, Hayat is able to use the flexibility of online schooling to realize that larger purpose: helping others.  


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K12’s Big Data Team Hits One Out of the Park

Written by Jessica Schuler

As the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays meet in Major League Baseball’s American League Championship Series this week with a trip to the World Series on the line, Blue Jays’ slugger José Bautista’s bat has been quiet. Perhaps the Indians have sought out K12’s big data team for tips on how to get perennial All-Star out.

K12’s big data team – which consists of senior director of systems and technology Adam Paul, senior director of product management Ben Graff and data scientist Haitao Du – won the 2016 Baseball Analytics Hackathon presented by the Baltimore Orioles and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton by answering that very question, which many MLB teams have struggled to do for the last seven years.

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Recognizing National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and every year during this month I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to work in a school that offers students a choice. A choice in education. A choice to attend a safe learning environment. A choice that may be a better fit for them than their local brick and mortar school.

How amazing is that? When I think back to my years in grade school, and it wasn’t too terribly long ago, I did not have this choice. Technology advancements hadn’t quite made it possible. And let’s be honest, internet access wasn’t even an option for most of my years in school. If traditional brick and mortar school wasn’t working out for whatever reason, students were basically “stuck” there with little if any options.  Today, many students in many of our great states thankfully have educational options.

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"The Golden Apple" Brings Together an OHVA Family and a Local Lawmaker



Written by Jenna Needham


Last week, an excited Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) family got to show their appreciation for Ohio State Representative Andrew Brenner On behalf of the Ohio eSchool Families and Friends Coalition, the Dutcher family presented Brenner with the Golden Apple Award at a ceremony in Delaware County.  This State Representative was chosen because of his unwavering support of school choice throughout his career. 


Years ago, Tamela Dutcher enrolled her daughter at OHVA and has not thought about going back to brick and mortar school since.  Dutcher values online schooling and legislators like Brenner.