Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow

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Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow
Location
3700 S HIGH ST STE 95
COLUMBUS OH 43207-9902

United States
Information
TypeCharter / Community
Established2000
School districtAll of Ohio
Head of schoolRick Teeters, Superintendent
Staff300
Faculty650
GradesK-12
Enrollment14,000
Color(s)Green, Silver
AthleticsNone
MascotEagle
Accreditation(s)North Central Association/AdvanceEd
Information888.326.8395 (toll-free)
614.492.8884 (Columbus area)
614.492.8894 (fax)
C.E.E.B. Code361537
Website
 
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Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow
Location
3700 S HIGH ST STE 95
COLUMBUS OH 43207-9902

United States
Information
TypeCharter / Community
Established2000
School districtAll of Ohio
Head of schoolRick Teeters, Superintendent
Staff300
Faculty650
GradesK-12
Enrollment14,000
Color(s)Green, Silver
AthleticsNone
MascotEagle
Accreditation(s)North Central Association/AdvanceEd
Information888.326.8395 (toll-free)
614.492.8884 (Columbus area)
614.492.8894 (fax)
C.E.E.B. Code361537
Website

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) is a community/charter school based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. It is sponsored by the Lucas County Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West (ESCLEW) in Toledo, in accordance with chapter 3314 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Students perform their work either via computers which already they own, or which are supplied to them by the school. Work is performed online via secure intranet connections.

ECOT was founded in 2000 by William "Bill" Lager, under an agreement with the Lucas County Educational Service Center; and it is managed by his company, Altair Learning Management.

Under Ohio law, "community schools" are independent public schools that offer school choice to parents, students and teachers. They are accountable to the public by a contract with a sponsor, such as a school district, or the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). In ECOT's case, the school is accountable to ESCLEW and its publicly elected Board. Community schools cannot charge tuition and must follow all laws pertaining to health, public safety and civil rights.

Students are required to take state-mandated proficiency/achievement tests, and other examinations prescribed by law. Students are required to pass the Ohio Graduation Test to receive a diploma.

Technically speaking, ECOT is not a "home schooling" program. It is a public community school, subject to all the laws and regulations thereof. (See the ODE website for more detailed information regarding home schooling in the state of Ohio.)

Students are expected to attend classes online for 25 hours per week during the school year, comparable to the time that students in "brick-and-mortar" schools are also expected to attend. Attendance need not adhere to traditional time conventions however; Affording flexibility to students and families not typically available in traditional educational settings.

Structure[edit]

ECOT is divided into four "schools," which follow traditional guidelines.

The Elementary School comprises grades Kindergarten through 5. Middle School consists of grades 6 and 7. The Lower High School covers grades 8 to 10 and the Upper High School covers grades 11-12. Each is supervised by its own Principal.

Graduates[edit]

The school's first graduation ceremonies were held in the Ohio State House. In later years, larger venues became necessary due to Public Occupancy Limits, and are presently being held at Jerome Schottenstein Center. ECOT typically has the largest graduating classes of any single schools in the United States. ECOT's Class of 2013 included more than 2,500 graduates.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 39°53′10″N 82°59′55″W / 39.886032°N 82.998646°W / 39.886032; -82.998646

"Sending off the class of 2013". ECOT News. Retrieved 2013-06-11.