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For some Philly high school students, the cyber school way is the best way. For 18-year-old Phil P, who struggles with ADD and ADHD, focusing at your run-of-the-mill brick-and-mortar school was never an easy feat… (More)
Ian F, 16, of Greensboro has now won two consecutive off-road motorcycle National Championship titles for his race class, in which he competes with riders from at least 16 US states, along with several from Canada. (More)
December 2018: Nearpod and Agora Cyber Charter School Team Up for Statewide Launch of Innovative Content and Engagement-Boosting Teacher Tools.
November 2018: High School Special Educator is first cyber charter school teacher to be awarded the fellowship, bridging the gap between online and brick and mortar schools.
August 2018: Our head of school, Dr. Conti, along with one of Agora’s amazing Learning Coaches and their Family Coach dropped by iHeart Radio for a chat about the benefits of Cyber Charter Schools. Listen Here
May 2018: When the teasing and bullying took over everything else, Agora helped Adam find his way out of the shadows and into a brighter future.
January 19, 2018: Agora celebrates National School Choice Week with 26 events across Pennsylvania and a “take over” day on Instagram.
December 20, 2017: Dr. Samuel Wrightson joins Agora Board of Trustees. Dr. Wrightson Press Release 12.21.17
December 18, 2017: Snow days are the perfect time for making family memories! Agora Guidance Counselor Barron Whited, has some ideas on how to Make the most of Snow Days with Kids.
MetroKids Dec.2017_ The Accountability of Charter School: Agora CEO Dr. Michael Conti was quoted in MetroKid’s article on the accountability of charter schools. Click here to read the December issue of MetroKids.
11.2.17 28 PerCent Increase in SPP Scores: The 2016-17 School Year SPP Scores are in – and Agora Reports a dramatic 28% increase.
October 10, 2017: Agora Guidance Counselor Barron Whited provides Tips for Keeping Your Senior Year on Track!
September 20, 2017: Agora Student is Tops on Chopped Junior! Delaware County recognizes Agora 8th Grader, Tavia Issac, as the top chef on Chopped Junior!
August 14, 2017: Agora Guidance Counselor, Barron Whited, talks about time management and getting students ready for back to school!
July 18, 2017: Class of 2017 Agora graduate, Evita Scoccia, has received an impressive scholarship to attend Point Park University this fall to study business. She was also featured in the local publication, Valley Voices, in April talking about the clothing company that she founded, Diamond in the Cloth.
JULY 12, 2017: Dakota Esposito, of Hazleton, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Albright College, Reading, on May 21, 2017. He made the Dean’s List five times during his four years, and received the Association of Computing Machinery Award in his junior year and the Senior Computer Science Award. He graduated Agora Cyber Charter School with honors in 2013 after attending for four years. He plans to get a job in the coding field.
JULY 10, 2017: Lovisa LjungQvist Brinson, of Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, was named Valedictorian of Agora Cyber Charter School’s Class of 2017. With Agora since Middle School, the flexibility of cyber school allowed Lovisa to stay on top of her academics but also dedicate time to other interests like music and horseback riding. Lovisa plans to study neuroscience with a minor in bioengineering this fall when she attends the University of Pittsburgh.
JUNE 19, 2017: Agora CEO, Dr. Michael J. Conti, was one of the featured speakers today at the celebration in Harrisburg, commemorating 20 years of charter law in Pennsylvania. Former Governor Tom Ridge received the Charter Champions Award. More than 90 Agora students, staff and families were on hand for the press conference in our State Capitol. Agora Press Release 6.19.2017
Graduation Press 2017
JUNE 16, 2017: Agora graduated more than 800 students at its annual Graduation Ceremony in Hershey.
JUNE 21, 2017: Lancaster online posted the names of all Agora graduates who live in Lancaster County.
MAY 4: 2017: Philadelphia regional prom hits the local news! PHL17, an affiliate of ABC, was on hand to greet our students as they hit the deck and boarded the Spirit of Philadelphia to begin their magical prom night. The ladies were lovely, the gentlemen handsome and a great time was had by all!
MAY, 2017: Agora guidance counselor, Whitney Patterson, is published in this month’s Pittsburgh Parents magazine, providing parents with useful tips when selecting a tutor. Pittsburgh Parent_Whitney Patterson.May2017
MARCH 21, 2017: Agora grad and Temple tennis star, Monet Stuckey-Willis, has “unlimited potential!”
MARCH 10, 2017: Agora middle schooler, RJ Krishnaswamy, excels at Agora AND at college! Read all about RJ and his positive attitude toward learning – a college mind living in a fourth grader’s body. Way to go RJ!
FEBRUARY 16, 2017: Agora CEO, Dr. Michael J. Conti, and eight other cyber charter school CEOs penned an open letter to Governor Wolf on behalf of all cyber charter schools in anticipation of this year’s budget negotiations.
JANUARY 23, 2017: Agora CEO, Dr. Michael J. Conti, responds to Palisades School District’s criticism of charter schools “don’t judge cybers and charters on school scores alone!”
NOVEMBER 28, 2016: Marabeth Capenos-Stiffler was featured on the front page of her local newspaper, the Altoona Mirror. She is graduating from Agora in June of 2017 and pursuing a career of teaching music classes to young students with Autism! Click to read all about Marabeth Capenos-Stiffler teaching music classes.
NOVEMBER 28, 2016: Featured in Pittsburgh Parent magazine, Agora Guidance Counselor, Whitney Patterson, helps parents and families give the gift of themselves when volunteering this holiday season.
NOVEMBER 16, 2016: Welcome to Parenthood! Agora senior, Keegan Hart, talks about the struggles and joys of being a teen parent while attending high school.
NOVEMBER 9, 2016: Maegan Kern Bregenser, Agora’s Family Assistance Crisis Coordinator, talks about The Mental Health Crisis Facing Our Children in this timely article on Lifezette.com.
OCTOBER 18, 2016: Agora grad, Alexandra Luminella, completed the culinary program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts and made the local news. Congrats Alexandra!
OCTOBER 7, 2016: Barron Whited, Agora Cyber Charter School Guidance Counselor, helps parents and students make the most out of a college weekend visit!
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016: Agora 7th Grader, Tavia Isaac, Competes on the Food Network’s Chopped Junior!
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016: Board of Trustees selects Dr. Michael Conti as CEO
AUGUST 24, 2016: In response to recent commentary, Agora interim CEO Dr. Michael Conti refutes criticism of cyber charter schools. http://thenotebook.org/articles/2016/08/23/my-article1
JULY 10, 2016: Courtney Dornheim recently graduated with honors from Agora and is representing Pennsylvania this week at the USA National Miss pageant! http://citizensvoice.com/news/area-teen-competing-in-national-pageant-1.2065498
Graduation Press – Class of 2016
JUNE 26, 2016: More than a coincidence? Three siblings graduate Agora as Valedictorians and then journey on to the US Military Academy at West Point. https://www.indianagazette.com/news/indiana-news/indiana-teen-becomes-familys-third-valedictorian,24462034/
JUNE 22, 2016: Agora Valedictorian, Sarah Henderson, is following her brothers’ footsteps to West Point. http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/06/pa_teen_follows_in_brothers_fo.html
JUNE 21, 2016: A student from Agora Cyber Charter School reads to a cat at the Pennsylvania SPCA http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20160622_Summer_program_launched_to_get_kids_to_read_to_cats.html
JUNE 15, 2016: Safety, individualized learning, second chances – these are just a few of the many reasons why parents turn to cyber charter schools to educate their children. Two Agora students and their families are featured in an article from Philadelphia’s The Notebook explaining the reasons why they chose Agora, a public online education, for their children
MAY 25, 2016: Agora Junior, Skyler Klinedinst, stays on target and is featured in his local newspaper as he prepares for a national competition in Nebraska this summer.
MAY 20, 2016: LancasterOnLine and PennLive.com covered the Agora Prom in Harrisburg! Check out their photo galleries of our beautiful and handsome students: http://www.pennlive.com/prom/index.ssf/2016/05/agora_cyber_charter_school_pro.html
APRIL 25, 2016: Important information for high school students – Agora Guidance Counselors Barron Whited and Whitney Patterson provide Expert Tips for Getting the Most out of a College Visit.
MARCH 19, 2016: Agora 7th Grade Students, Alexis and Jillyan, and their parents fighting for the right to participate in residence School District extracurricular events. See TV coverage and read their uplifting story.
FEBRUARY 9, 2016: Congratulations to Lizzie Evans, Agora senior, who is one of 90 semifinalists for the 2016 Military Child of the Year award!
FEBRUARY 4, 2016: For the love of drones! PGH Industrial drone startup helps Agora students (and Community Coordinator Scott Feely) aspirations take flight!
JANUARY 12, 2016: Agora sophomore, Ayomiro Aderin, tells us how he chases away winter doldrums as he is quoted in his hometown newspaper!
JANUARY 12, 2016: Panicked about college financial aid? Don’t be! Agora Guidance Counselor Barron Whited provides timely tips and guides high school students and their parents through the process. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/show/pittsburgh-today-live/video-3345011-tips-on-applying-for-financial-aid/
JANUARY 8, 2016: Three Agora Guidance CounselorAgora Guidance Counselors (Jill Palme, Whitney Patterson, and Tara Quisito) are mentioned in the official newsletter of the National Board for Certified Counselors, detailing their Feb. 20 presentation at PA School Counselor’s Conference in Hershey. Read all about it!
DECEMBER 23, 2015: New Year’s Day is just around the corner and resolutions come with it. Middle school guidance counselor, Barron Whited, helps parents with timely tips to greet the New Year: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.
OCTOBER 30, 2015: Middle school guidance counselor, Barron Whited, helps parents educate and engage their children with timely tips for Election Day!
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015: WTAJ Johnstown/Altoona interviewed Agora CEO Kevin Corcoran at our Back to School night about students’ community projects and this year’s focus on veterans.
AUGUST 2, 2015: This week’s Pennsylvania Newsmakers features a discussion of child abuse protection with the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Then, joining host Terry Madonna is Mary Steffey, Board President of the Agora Cyber Charter School, to discuss cyber charter school operations and special education. http://www.newsmakerstv.com/shows/education-and-child-protection.html
JUNE 29, 2015: Are Charter Schools Ruining Public Schools? NO! Hear Board President Mary Steffey defend parents right to choose a public cyber school as a viable educational option: http://www.wfmz.com/business/businessmatters/business-matters-are-charter-schools-ruining-our-public-schools/33839750
Graduation – Class of 2015
Students who are joining the military led the Pledge of Allegience at Agora Cyber Charter school’s graduation ceremony at the Giant Center in Hershey on Thursday, June 18, 2015. More than 600 graduates and their families were in attendance. Published June 19, 2015:
JULY 21, 2015: Agora Grad Ashlyn Riccione named Shippensburg Fair Queen
JULY 20, 2015: Adam Henderson, Valedictorian, West Point-bound!
July 18, 2015, Lauren Dennis, Agoratorian Award:
July 5, 2015, Mariah Steffey, Canfield Memorial Award: http://www.pottsmerc.com/lifestyle/20150705/scholars-area-students-are-making-the-grade
June 29, 2015, Piper Quinn, Salutatorian: http://www.pennlive.com/west-shore/index.ssf/2015/06/west_shore_school_district_nam.html
June 21, 2015, Mariah Steffey, Canfield Memorial Award:
June 10, 2015, Adam Henderson, Valedictorian: Agora Students Adam and Sarah Henderson in the News
June 14, 2015: Agora Student Josiah Vaughn and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto