Attention students and parents:

Along with fall OGTs occurring next week, we are also providing a Meet and Greet opportunity in your area. We want to take advantage of several members of our PAOH staff proctoring exams throughout the state, so we set up times to meet you all in person. All Proctors will be available for the Meet & Greet on Wednesday, October 28th from 10-11 AM at the locations below. This is a great chance to mingle with other students and staff members. We hope to see you all soon! Contact your advisor or homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Toledo (Kristina Lawson)
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Birmingham Brancha
203 Paine Avenue | Toledo, OH 43605

Canton (Kerry Selfinger)
Stark County District Library—East Canton Branch
224 North Wood Street | East Canton, OH 44730

Marietta (Shannon Maurer)
Washington City Schools Career Center
21740 St. Rt. 676 | Marietta, OH 45750

Cleveland (Tenice Rogers)
Panera Bread
4301 Richmond Rd. | Warrensville Heights, OH 44122

Cincinnati (Stephanie Shaffer)
Main Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
800 Vine Street | Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dayton (Sherrell Davis)
Life Enrichment Center
425 N Findlay Street | Dayton, OH 45405

Columbus (Shannon Maurer)
Provost Academy Ohio
1335 Dublin Rd., Suite 50 A | Columbus, OH 43215

All Provost Academy Ohio students currently working in courses from the 2014-15 school year: The deadline to complete all courses from the 14-15 school year is October 23rd, 2015. That is the end of the first quarter. On October 24th, students will be given zeros for all incomplete assignments in those courses and the grade will be finalized.

For students enrolled in courses in the 15-16 school year, on October 24th, you should be finishing part 1 of your courses and entering part 2.  This will ensure you complete the first half of your courses by the end of the first semester. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your advisor or your Homeroom teacher.

Chaundria Smith has more than a decade of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, college professor, and school principal; all of which has been focused on developing high achieving students, and building top quality schools.

Prior to being named to the position of Executive Director for Provost Academy Ohio, Chaundria was serving as a Director of Achievement for EdisonLearning in Cleveland.  Previously, she was Principal of the Meridian Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., an Assistant Principal in the Hampton (Virginia) City Schools, and a Teacher and Department Chair in the Norfolk (Virginia) Public Schools.  Since 2013, Chaundria has served as an Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia. 

During her education career, Chaundria has been recognized as the “Virginia Teacher of Promise”, and was the Norfolk Public Schools “Inspiration Award Winner” in Career & Technical Education.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Norfolk State University in Virginia; a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia; and is currently completing her Doctor of Education in Advanced Educational Leadership from Regent University.  Chaundria is certified and/or licensed in: International Baccalaureate Head of School, Certified Data Team Leader, Certified Mentor (Virginia Mentoring Partnership); and Virginia Post-Graduate Professional License – Business and Information Technology, Administration and Supervision.

 She can be reached at

Chaundria Smith Named Executive Director of State-wide Online School Serving Grades 6-12

Columbus, OH (September 30, 2015) --- Chaundria Smith, a successful educator with more than a decade of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, college professor, and school principal has been named Executive Director of Provost Academy Ohio.

“My career as an educator has shown me that the traditional school setting does not meet the needs of all students.  For this reason, at Provost Academy Ohio we will pride ourselves on educating the ‘whole child’ through an online learning environment, as well as on-going mentoring and advising to ensure students receive the personalized attention they deserve,” Executive Director Smith said.

Prior to taking on her new role, Executive Director Smith was serving as a Director of Achievement for EdisonLearning in Cleveland.  Previously, she was Principal of the Meridian Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., an Assistant Principal in the Hampton (Virginia) City Schools, and a Teacher and Department Chair in the Norfolk (Virginia) Public Schools.  Since 2013, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Executive Director Smith has been recognized as the “Virginia Teacher of Promise”, and was the Norfolk Public Schools “Inspiration Award Winner” in Career & Technical Education.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Norfolk State University in Virginia; a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia; and is currently completing her Doctor of Education in Advanced Educational Leadership from Regent University.  She is also certified as an International Baccalaureate Head of School, Certified Data Team Leader, and Certified Mentor.

“Today’s students learn much differently today than they did in the past,” students did just ten years ago,” Executive Director Smith said;  “and students are clearly benefitting from an education, like the one they receive at Provost Academy, that utilizes stimulating virtual curriculum designed specifically for them.”

In contrast to other online learning programs, Provost Academy Ohio offers a robust, state-of-the-art curriculum with a strong base in math, science and technology, designed to be engaging, fun and targeted to multiple learning style.  All courses can be adapted to fit a student’s individual needs, and content can be rearranged and customized for the individual student. Also, parents and students can easily monitor learning progress, assignments, and grades at a glance on their own personal home page. 

Students interested  in grades 6 through 12 can enroll in Provost Academy Ohio online at or by phone at 888-262-1052.

Fifth Third Bank is hosting a College Prep Night at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday, September 30. Information for you and your family as you prepare for the college search and transition process will be available. In addition, one pre-registered student at the event will win a $1,000 scholarship. Representatives from local colleges will be in attendance. Register for this FREE event online

QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges. High school seniors with a strong academic record and an annual household income of less than $60,000, you are encouraged to complete the College Prep Scholarship application at The application is free of charge and is due September 28, 2015. For more information, please see your guidance counselor.

Catapult is a national startup incubator the helps high school students (grades 9 - 12) launch business ideas. Interested students should check out to learn more about the tuition-based program and to access the application (Oct. 7th deadline).

Sarah Loudner

Sarah Loudner picture

Sarah Loudner is a seventeen year old recent graduate of Provost Academy Ohio. She is from a small town in Southeast Ohio where she lives with her mom and two brothers and where online students are few and far between. Before Sarah came to Provost Academy in September of last year, she found herself frustrated with her public brick and mortar school. She didn’t particularly like the fact that she had to sit in a classroom, at a desk for eight hours out of the day. She wasn’t being challenged academically and thus became very bored in her classes. But the main reason that Sarah sought out online school was to escape all of the distractions that steered her away from her education. She needed to be in an environment where she could focus solely on school work, and not all of the teenage drama that undoubtedly comes along with attending traditional high school.

When Sarah made the switch to online school after her junior year of high school, she noticed a difference almost immediately. Her grades sky rocketed because she was able to concentrate without any distractions, her confidence boosted because she saw what she was capable of when she set her mind to a goal, and her overall mood became better because she wasn’t coming home from school cranky anymore. Her home became her school building and she could balance out her day any way that she chose. Sarah seemed to flourish in this online school environment; she enjoyed being able to work at her own pace and having the autonomy to work ahead and complete multiple lessons in one day. She was finally able to understand the course material and it felt very rewarding. Her only complaint is that she wishes she would have found Provost Academy sooner than she did. Sarah recommends online learning to just about anyone, but warns that online educational programs take a lot of self-motivation and organizational skills. She suggests that anyone looking into e-learning take the time to research what it is all about and meet with school staff to make sure it’s the right fit – because it’s not for everyone.

Sarah enjoyed online learning so much that she plans to take online courses at Hocking College next year where she will be working towards her associate’s degree in business management. She feels as though Provost Academy has helped to prepare her for her upcoming challenges as a college student by offering honors and AP courses, as well as college campus visits throughout the school year. After college, Sarah plans to move to Austin, Texas to pursue a career that is fulfilling and rewarding. There are no doubts that Sarah is well-equipped to handle whatever the future has in store for her and Provost Academy Ohio helped get her there! Congratulations, Sarah and best of luck for your bright future!

Provost Academy Ohio is now a Self-Service Site with the Ohio Benefits Bank!

This resource is available to our students and their families.

With the Ohio Benefits Bank you can:

  • FAFSA application
  • Voter Registration
  • Check for State and Federal Benefits that you may qualify for
  • E-File Taxes
  • Veteran Services

Benefit Bank Site:

Your child has big dreams. As a parent, you can help him or her start in any grade to see how school connects with future work. OhioMeansJobs K-12 is an exciting, robust online tool that puts this information at your fingertips. 

The site guides your child through job and career exploration based on interests. It is a no-cost career planning resource that focuses on job opportunities as well as education and training options available in Ohio. You and your child can fill an individualized backpack. The “Explore It” menu includes a profile of your child’s interests, career information, a plan and a budget for education and training, possible occupations, potential salaries, resume and job searches. 

Take a tour this school year and get started at:

Stay connected through our
Online Student Groups!

Join one or join them all! It's a great way to interact with peers and meet new friends! All of the clubs below are through Edmodo, our school's social networking site. Once you join a club and find friends that live in your geographical area, you might consider meeting up with your peers in person - perhaps at an area event, library, Panera, bowling, etc. If you would like help coordinating a get-together, please contact Mrs. Maurer. If you need help logging into Edmodo, please contact your advisor.

1. Provost Be Remarkable - Share the love. Support each other. Join this group to share inspiring stories, quotes, pictures, songs - anything that inspires you! Maybe your encouraging words will help someone that needs a little lifting up today!

2.  Words with Friends - If you still love playing words with friends, this group is for you! Just like in scrabble, players create words & receive points. Join this group to exchange usernames to play against your classmates!

3. Teen Parent Support - Are you a teen parent? Join this group for encouragement, support, guidance, discussion, study groups, ANYTHING! Being a student is hard. Add night time feedings to due dates, assignments, tests & quizzes-seems impossible. You can do it.

4. Minecraft – Join this group for all things Minecraft! Share secrets, tips, screen shots of your recent builds and much more! Which mode do you play in?

5. Student Connect - Join this group for school news, announcements, upcoming events, and much more!

6. Lego Club - Join Lego club to get build ideas, share photos of your recent masterpieces and discuss anything LEGO! PAOH student Calvin Davis is the contact for this group, so please reach out to him via Edmodo or the portal for more information! Calvin.Davis in the portal!

7. Fashion Club - “Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” -Coco Chanel. Come and join the Fashion Club! We have discussions in Edmodo about different fashion topics, using our own designs, celebrity inspired styles,, and more.

8. Art Club - The Art Club is a place to express yourself! Show your feelings through drawing, painting, creating using various materials and platforms. If you catch yourself doodling, coming up with artful ideas or plans, or just simply love to use pencil, paintbrush or paper mache… the Art Club is for you!

9. Clash of the Clans - "Lead your clan to victory!" ...Whether you are a newcomer to the game or you are a seasoned warrior in Clash of the Clans, all students are welcome to join! Share tactics & strategies, battle each other, chat about clans or find a new one to join!

10. Star Wars Commander - Star Wars Commander is a an action-packed, combat strategy mobile game where you build your base, recruit and train an unstoppable force, & challenge players across the Star Wars universe! Share user names, strategies and challenge each other!

11. Christian Club - This group serves as an online "Young Life". Post discussions, favorite bible verses, Christian songs, events in your area, tell us about mission trips you have gone on or want to go on, etc.

12. LGBT Club - If you are an LGBT teen or an ally...this group is for you! Connect with peers, post announcements, resources, events in different areas and more!

13. Comic Con - Have you traveled to a Comic Convention before? Or perhaps you've always wanted to? Join this group to discuss character ideas, share photos and maybe you can even recruit peers to attend the 2014 Ohio Comic Con in Columbus! [Oct. 31-Nov. 2]

14. Writing Club - Share poems, short stories, creative writing ideas. You can even ask your peers for help proof read your writings!

15. Anime Club - Do you love anime, manga, and Japanese culture? If you do, you should join the Anime Club. The club meets monthly to discuss a variety of topics related to anime and manga. Discussions are casual and students are free to suggest topics for future meetings. We hope you will join us!

16. Craft Club - Do you love arts & crafts? Then this group is for you! Share your creative ideas for crafting, make crafts & post fun photos of your creations! Share information about local craft shows, or your favorite shops!

17. Current Events - Keep each other "in-the-know" with what's going on in the world! Share newsworthy stories and post discussions on current events throughout the world!

18. Science Club – Do you love science? Join this group to post science articles, blogs, games, discussions, jokes, anything science related!

**Please contact Mrs. Maurer for the group codes in order to join an Edmodo club. The codes change every couple of weeks.** or Shannon.maurer in the portal

Dear Students and Families,

On behalf of Provost Academy Ohio (PAOH), I would like to personally welcome you back and thank you for again making us your choice in online education for the 2015/2016 academic school year.  We at PAOH pride ourselves in utilizing the latest technology to deliver courses to students while instructing learners with state-certified teachers.  In addition, Provost Academy Ohio provides a multitude of services with the help of statewide partnerships, diverse student programming and caring staff members who are committed to serving you.  Some of the highlights we have at Provost Academy Ohio that make us distinguished as an online school for students in grades 6-12 include:

The first day of school is Monday, August 17th so you will receive a welcome call from your Academic Advisor in the next few days  to go over course scheduling, order your school laptop (if needed) and to answer any questions that you may have! At PAOH, you have the exclusive opportunity to become part of a Virtual Community that allows students to complete the State of Ohio’s required 300 minutes of daily academic online instruction in a “flexible fulltime” format that is as unique as YOU are!

We are excited and anxious to get to know you, but should you have any questions or concerns over the over the next few days or weeks, please do not hesitate to contact our school office at the phone or email below. Thank you again for choosing Provost Academy Ohio; your premier Virtual Learning Academy! We are thrilled to officially welcome you at PAOH, and we look forward to meeting you and your family soon!


Patricia Parker

Patricia Parker, Ed. D
Executive Director, Provost Academy Ohio

Office: 614-866-7570

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Method Test Prep

Educators, parents, and students,

Can you believe it?  The last SAT and ACT exams of the school year are less than two weeks away.  We can help.

Two ways to prepare for June 6th SAT.

1. Login to your Method Test Prep account and complete as much work as possible on your SAT checklist. Don’t know if your school uses Method Test Prep?  Ask your counselor or contact us here.

2. Use our on demand SAT prep classes.  These online SAT prep class recordings are perfect for any student taking the June SAT. Each recording is $35 for 90 minutes or save $60 and purchase all seven classes for only $175. You can review the recording as many times as you like!

Three ways to prepare for the June 13th ACT.

1. Login to your Method Test Prep account and complete as much work as possible on your ACT checklist. Don’t know if your school uses Method Test Prep?  Ask your counselor or contact us here.

2. Attend our Live ACT Mini Classes.  Attend all 4 sessions for only $150. Each session, Science, Reading, English, and Math is 90 minutes.   See the schedule here.

3. Use our on demand ACT prep classes. These ACT prep classes are perfect for any student taking the ACT.   Each class is $35 or save $25 and receive all five recordings for only $150.  Each session is 90 minutes.

Free Webinar - How will the New PSAT and SAT affect you?

Educators, parents, and students, do you have questions about The New PSAT/SAT or how changes to the SAT should affect how you think about the ACT?

When: June 17th, 2015 at 12:00 (noon) Eastern Time Zone. Adjust accordingly.

Learn more and register here.

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What Would Henry David Do? Part 1

3 Compelling Reasons Every School Should Offer ACT & SAT Test Prep

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Class of 2015: There is still time to apply for these excellent college scholarship opportunities through The Ohio Council of Community Schools (PAOH’s school sponsor). The deadline has been extended! See below for requirements and how to apply!

·         Scholarship Application for a 4-year University or College

o   Eligibility:

a.       Attended an OCCS-affiliated community school (grade school or high school);

b.      A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher;

c.       Completed a standardized admissions test (ACT or SAT); and,

d.      Completed the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

o   Learn more & apply:

·         Scholarship Application for a 2-year Community College or Technical College

o   Eligibility:

a.       Attended an OCCS-affiliated community school (grade school or high school);

b.      A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher;

c.       Completed the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and,

d.      A demonstrated interest in the field in which the candidate is pursuing training.

o   Learn more & apply:

Explore your career options – it’s never too early to start mapping out your life and thinking about your future occupation!


On this site you can take an interest survey, find upcoming job fairs and workshops all over Ohio, search possible occupations, potential earnings and even create a budget for living on your own!

  • Click on the red bird icon labeled K-12 Students
  • Create an online backpack so you can save your information and view it later
  • Start exploring!

Have you ever thought it might be fun to have a pen pal? Or perhaps you have had one in the past and want to try it out again? Well here's your chance! Provost Academy Ohio is teaming up with Best Buddies - a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities. Best Buddies consists of many programs, one of them being e-buddies, that's where you come in! E-buddies is a an e-mail pen pal program that provides opportunities for e-mail friendships between people with intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD) and their peers who do not have IDD.

The e-buddies program is FREE to both students with IDD and students without IDD from ages 10-18. And if you are under 13, you must complete the application with a parent or guardian. If you are over 18 and are interested in this program, please contact Ms. Maurer.

E-buddies is a fun and safe way to make a new friend. Each participant is matched in a one-to-one email friendship - exchanging emails once a week. Matches are based on similar age, gender, shared interests and geography (participants will NOT be matched with someone from the same state). Click the below links for more information, to check out the safety measures and to apply online!

Learn more about e-buddies:

Safety Measures:

Apply online: (click 1. if you have IDD, click 2. if you do not)

In order to maintain state compliance with our student records, we need for each student to complete and return an Emergency Medical Form. These forms are due by Tuesday, February 10th and can be faxed to the school office at 614-441-8433 or emailed directly to your advisor. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

Here are 5 things you need to know when considering online education for your child.

1.       Log on: Make sure you know how to log in to the PAOH portal to look at how much time your student spends on daily assignments and monitor their work progress. If you aren’t sure, contact your child’s advisor.

2.       Know the players: Familiarize yourself with the contacts for your specific needs – from the teachers and advisors to the administrators – know the best way to reach them for questions or feedback. You will see contact info in the portal, or see a list of our staff.

Links to resources:

3.       Create a routine: Sit down with your student and create a routine for accomplishing assignments on a daily basis. Create a general and flexible schedule to guide your child’s online learning.

4.       Get active: Watch for our weekly E-Newsletter, and check out our Facebook page and school announcements for a range of local activities such as:  monthly field trips, social events and other fun and educational outings for your student to participate in, and stay involved.

5.        Get connected: There are plenty of ways for parents and students to connect with other Provost students and families. Examples can be found with parent-centric webinars and online student communities like ComicCon and Lego dialogue groups.  Check out our Edmodo groups at


Attention Provost Academy students & families! The state is requiring that we receive updated forms from all returning students for the 2014/2015 school year. Please find attached a Family Income Form that needs to be returned by August 15th. We will also need a new Proof of Residency document to have on file; you can send a utility bill, mortgage or lease agreement. Please call the school office if you have any questions at 614-866-7570.

Provost Academy Ohio’s first of many graduation ceremonies was held on Saturday, June 14th in Columbus, Ohio. There were five Provost Academy Ohio seniors who received their High School Diploma. Of the five graduates, two participated in the commencement ceremony; Ava Lanning and Heather Tenkman (pictured below, with Ava in the left two photos and Heather in the right two photos). Their hard work and dedication during their last year as High School students is unmatched and the Provost Academy Ohio teachers and staff could not be more proud. We want to take a moment to recognize all five students and congratulate them on their accomplishments and wish them continued success in their next phase of life.

Tanner Bowling

Ava Lanning

Sarah Loudner

Max Ratliff

Heather Tenkman

Ava Lanning photo 1 Ava Lanning photo 2 Heather Tenkman photo 1 Heather Tenkman photo 2

(Click to view the full size version.)


One of the great things about being a student at Provost Academy is that you can "go" to school anywhere that you can access the internet. Just pack up your laptop and head to a park bench, turn on your mobile wi-fi device, and you're "going" to school! So, we are asking you - where do you Provost? Send us a picture of where you like to do your schoolwork (along with a short sentence telling us why) and receive a special surprise in the mail!

Photos from Mad River Mountain -



Join us for snow tubing at Mad River Mountain (1000 Snow Valley Rd. Zanesfield, Oh 43360) on February 13 from 4:00 - 7:30 PM! There are free tickets available for those who have already signed up and the next 6 students to RSVP; after that, cost is $12/student. If you have parents, friends or family that would like to join us, they are more than welcome. The cost will be $12/every non-PAOH student. Please RSVP to Mrs. Maurer at or call (513) 461-5352. 

Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early and meet at the Snow Tubing Park (just up the hill from the Ski Lodge).

This is a great opportunity to meet your peers, staff members and get out and have FUN!  We will be providing pizza for everyone for dinner, too!


When and Where:  Thursday, January 30th from 4-7 pm at the PAOH office at 4707 Hilton Corporate Drive Columbus, OH 43232

What:  Provost Academy Ohio is hosting an Open House in the spirit of National School Choice Week!

Come join us for food and fun!  Meet and greet our staff, teachers and other PAOH students while helping us raise awareness on the need for effective education options for all children. Learn more about School Choice Week here.


And check out the photos from the Open House on January 30 below!  We had a great time!

Provost Academy Ohio went on a visit to the University of Dayton to tour the campus, meet with Professors and complete orientation for our Post-Secondary Enrollment students!

Pictured is PAOH High School Student Brittany Beecher, with UD Professor Dr. Brahler, in the registration office getting Brittany’s University of Dayton ID badge!



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Provost Academy Ohio, in partnership with the University of Dayton, will offer students an opportunity to participate in a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program where qualified students can earn University of Dayton credit for successfully completing two courses, Therapeutic Dosing in the Health Sciences and Nutrition & Health.  The courses will be offered to Provost Academy Ohio students beginning with the 3rd grading period (January 27th) and the 4th grading period (April 14th).

Spring Semester Calendar

January 10, 2014               Last day to register for classes

January 17, 2014               Last day to register "late" (no penalty)

April 25, 2014                    Last day of the semester

May 6, 2014                      Grades are due

HSS 115 Introduction to Therapeutic Dosing in the Health Sciences (3 credit hour course)

Examination of the direct relationship of dosage calculations in the health sciences. Emphasis is on the transfer of basic mathematics skills to application and problem solving in the health sciences.

HSS 295 Nutrition & Health (3 credit hour course)

Study of the nutrient needs of humans and of their choices as modified by socioeconomic, cultural, and life cycle factors.

To learn about how you can enroll in the PSEO Program at Provost Academy Ohio, please visit the link below:

Check out photos from our last several events on the What's Happening at Provost Academy page!

September 1 prizewinnerJake Davidson won our first place raffle prize today at the Dayton Dragons game...drum roll iPad!!! It pays off to visit us at our great events!