The Gallipolis City Schools piloted a new program in 2014-2015 with six students. The GCSD partnered with The Virtual Community School of Ohio. It was a “FIRST” of its kind in our area. The VCS of Ohio would provide the teachers and curriculum and the GCSD would provide the mentor, David Perry. Mr. Perry’s responsibilities would be to mentor and monitor student progress. It was determined that this new approach to providing educational opportunities to student would work.
In 2015-2016, an agreement was made for a partnership between the GCSD and the VCS for a full-time approach so the Gallia Digital Academy was established.
Gallipolis City Schools Superintendent, Roger Mace shared, “The Digital Academy has had a positive impact on several of our students." Anytime we can provide students with different options to learn, then we are giving them other avenues to be successful. It allows them to feel comfortable and challenges them differently and allows them to take advantage of other opportunities.”
As a direct result, five seniors earned their high school diploma in 2015-2016. One student was given the opportunity to return after dropping out of school. This was a tremendous success story for this first full-year program. After just one year, the Gallia Digital Academy was a graduating students and providing them a brighter future. Numerous underclassmen (freshmen through juniors) also participate in the program. A number of them earned current credits while others went through the credit recovery portion of the program to catch up on credits.
“We are happy to announce that the Gallia Digital Academy has a PROVEN track record for student success,” stated Mr. Perry
One of the parents shared her thoughts about the value of Gallia Digital Academy.
“Taylor's father and I went with the Digital Academy for our daughter after talking with David Perry, Prevention Coordinator and Digital Academy Principal. Taylor felt it would be better for her if she could have more of a one-on-one relationship with her online instructors who would be there to help her with her classes and answer any questions that she may have. As it turns out, this was the best way for her to obtain her high school classes as her grades definitely show how well she did. Her father and I feel that Taylor surpassed what was expected of her by using the Digital Academy and we are so proud of her.”
“We also want to thank Mr. David Perry for recommending the Digital Academy to us and for being beside Taylor every step of the way.”
What Taylor’s mother didn’t share is that her daughter not only finished all her junior classes ahead of schedule, she chose to take four of her senior class this year. She will only be taking two classes in her senior year which provides an opportunity for seeking employment. This is a very unique situation that the Gallia Digital Academy offers our students.
Mr. Donley, GAHS Principal expressed, “The Gallia Digital Academy came exactly at the right time for some of our students." They would not have graduated high school without it. We are on target to see a number of our current seniors earn their high school diploma as a direct result of the digital academy.
Students are not only permitted but are encouraged to continue participation in all the programs offered by the Gallipolis City School District, such as, sports, band, music, dances and all other activities normally associated with school.
“We look forward to seeing our students earn their high school diploma via the Gallia Digital Academy, stated Mr. Perry, DA Principal.
If the Gallia Digital Academy sounds like a fit for you, please contact David Perry at (740) 446-3212. A parent or student can also pick up a brochure at the GCSD Central Office at 61 State St, Gallipolis.
The Gallia Digital Academy will expand from the existing format of offering courses from grades 8-12 to grades 6-12 in the 2017-2018 school year.
(2016—Last year’s Gallia Digital Academy graduating class
(Left-Right) David Perry, DA Principal, Sherry Craig, Carlie Winters, Trinity Humphrey, Kyra Johnson and Ezakeal Carter