Ohio Virtual Academy Receives Prestigious Purple Star Designation for Helping Military Families

May 2, 2023

Ohio’s largest online public charter school, Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) is proud to announce it has received the prestigious Ohio Purple Star Designation from the Ohio Department of Education. This is the second time OHVA has been recognized, and the Purple Star designation will remain in place until 2026.

A trusted online learning partner for more than 20 years, OHVA is the only all-virtual school to receive this honor in Ohio. The award is part of the Ohio DOE’s Each Child, Our Future program, the state’s strategic plan for education, which recognizes schools that meet important criteria for serving military-connected students and families.

“OHVA is proud to support Ohio military families and understands the unique challenges they face with relocation and the social-emotional toll that can occur for students during key developmental years,” said Dr. Kristin Stewart, Executive Director. “Our staff and our school are committed to doing all we can to support Ohio families who give so much to our country, and we are honored to receive this distinction.”

The full-time online public-school currently serves 400 active, reserve and retired military families.

Ohio’s military-connected youth require holistic support to ensure that their unique social, emotional and academic needs are met. Schools that receive this designation have met specific criteria such as having a dedicated point of contact for military students and families who serves as the primary liaison between them and the school, keeping teachers informed of the military-connected students in their classrooms and, optionally, providing staff training on special considerations to provide for military students and families.

Students choose online school for a variety of reasons including advanced learning, a bullying-free environment and the ability to support extracurricular pursuits or medical needs. For military families especially, OHVA’s online platform gives students the opportunity to pursue their academic goals in a supportive environment and at an appropriate pace for their learning style.

For more information on this award and to learn more about how OHVA supports Ohio military families, please visit the OHVA website.

About Ohio Virtual Academy

Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) is an accredited, full-time online public charter school authorized by the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) that serves students in grades K through 12. As part of the Ohio public school system, OHVA is tuition-free and provides families the choice to access the curriculum and tools provided by K12, a Stride Company (NYSE: LRN). Stride offers learners of all ages a more effective way to learn and build skills for their future. For more information about OHVA, visit ohva.k12.com and follow on Facebook.

Ken Schwartz
Stride, Inc.
Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
kschwartz@k12.com

Source: Stride, Inc.