General TRECA Online Digital Academy Information
Q: Who can enroll in TDA?
A: Residents of the state of Ohio who are at least 5 years old by August 1 and no older than 21 years old at the time of enrollment.
Q: Are there any fees or expenses associated with TDA?
A: TDA is a public community school, which means that tuition is free to students who are residents of the state of Ohio. However, students must provide consumables such as paper and ink cartridges. A phone line may also be required, depending on availability of Internet Service Providers in the area in which you reside.
Q: Do I need to provide my own internet connectivity?
A: TDA will provide Internet for you, if you reside within a Verizon wireless coverage area. If you currently have Internet service and wish to continue with that service, you may do so, however we will ask you to sign a waiver as TDA is not responsible for covering the cost of your existing Internet service.
Q: Are computer skills required to enroll?
A: Computer skills are not required, but basic computer skills can make the transition to online learning easier.
Q: Do I need to provide my own computer?
A: No, TDA will provide the students with all necessary hardware and software for use while attending TDA.
Q: What hardware will I get?
A: Students will receive a mobile computing device. The computer selection is made at the discretion of the TDA staff. K-5 students with special needs will also receive a color printer and scanner. In addition, iPhones will be made available to students after a 30-day enrollment period. The vision for the use of the iPhone is to provide TDA students with a truly anywhere/anytime school experience with access to learning opportunities and enhanced tools for communication with teachers and staff.
Q: Do I have to use the TDA provided equipment?
A: No; however, when students elect to use their own equipment, our Call Center will not be able to assist with any hardware problems. Regardless of the hardware being used, students will be required to use the software that is currently being used on the TDA computers. Otherwise, access and work flow between students and teachers cannot be assured.
Q: How will I communicate with my teacher?
A: Teachers can be reached by email, phone or web-based interactive classrooms during office hours. The office hours are posted in each teacher’s classroom. Parents and students are encouraged to contact teachers as often as they wish. Students who choose to receive an iPhone will also have access to their teachers via text messaging.
Q: Can I graduate early?
A: All high school students will be required to carry a minimum of 4 credits each semester. A student who wishes to graduate early may do so by carrying more credits each semester. Each student will work closely with his/her academic advisor to design a program that meets individual goals and needs.
Q: Am I required to take the Ohio Achievement or Ohio Graduation test?
A: Yes, the state of Ohio requires all students to take the Ohio Achievement (OAAs) or Ohio Graduation (OGTs) test. We provide students with dates, times and convenient locations for testing.
Q: Will I receive an authorized State of Ohio diploma?
A: Yes, upon completion of all graduation requirements, TRECA Digital Academy students receive a high school diploma.
Q: Will I have to report to a school designated location?
A: Upon enrollment, every student is required to attend an initial orientation session prior to the start of classes. Students will also be required to take the state-mandated tests at a designated location. Other than these items, travel is not required.
Special Needs Students
Q: Can students with disabilities or special needs enroll in TDA?
A: Yes, TDA will provide a certified intervention specialist to work with specially challenged students, as well as provide support as needed in the areas of speech services, occupational therapy or physical therapy.
Q: How do you determine how much support a child needs?
A: Each child is unique! To ensure the success of your child, you should monitor progress on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and maintain communication with your child’s teachers. Our program is built around the commitment to helping every student succeed as an individual, providing whatever organizational and academic support needed.
Q: How will my child’s needs be met?
A: The needs of the child will be met according to the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Service options may include general education classes without modifications, general education classes with modifications from an Intervention Specialist, a combination of resource room classes and/or strictly through resource room classes.
Q: What is the process for identification of a child with special needs?
A: If a child is struggling academically, the parent or teacher may ask for a meeting with the Intervention Assistance Team (IAT). The IAT will meet to discuss the needs of the child, identify the problem(s) and develop a plan of intervention. Contingent to the outcome of the plan, the child may or may not proceed to the Evaluation Team Report (ETR) process, which includes further testing by a team of professionals.
Q: Will assistive technology be provided?
A: Any needs for assistive technology will be assessed and reasonable accommodations will be made, as needed.
Q: Will my special needs child be required to take the required achievement test?
A: All Students are required to take the Ohio state-mandated tests unless determined otherwise at IEP meetings.