Facts

Ohio’s Student Achievement

Approximately two in five Ohio students reach the national standard for proficiency, just above the
national average.
https://ohiobythenumbers.com/#student-achievement-national-exams

College readiness varies by ACT content area—from 31% in science, 33% in Math, 40% in Reading to 50%
in English. Just 22 percent of Ohio students reach college ready benchmarks in all four areas of the
ACT.

https://ohiobythenumbers.com/#college-readiness

Ohio public schools receive approximately $26 billion per year from local, state, and federal revenues,
with modest non-taxpayer support

Ohio’s School Enrollment

As expected by state officials, total enrollment for pre-K through 12th grades was down 3%, equivalent
to 53,000 students. Almost half of those 53,000 were pre-school and kindergarten-aged students.
https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/01/03/school-enrollment-numbers-grim-state-superintendent-
lays-out-future-plans

Think Again: Do charter schools drain resources from traditional public schools?

David Griffith. Think Again: Do charter schools drain resources from traditional public schools? Washington D.C.: Thomas B. Fordham Institute (March 2023). Download the full brief, or read it online here: https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/research/think-again-do-charter-schools-drain-resources-traditional-public-schools 

Classical Education Success Stories – Ohio and beyond
Ohio Success Story

American Classical education is highly active in our state. Ohio is already home to several Hillsdale
College Candidate Member Schools; Hillsdale College Member Schools; and Hillsdale College Curriculum
Schools. Other groups are also in the formative stages of development.

School NameSchool LocationSchool TypeSchool Website
Cincinnati Classical AcademyCincinnati, OhioMemberwww.cincyclassical.org
Heart of Ohio Classical AcademyColumbus, OhioCandidate Memberwww.heartofohioclassical.org
Columbus Classical AcademyColumbus, OhioCurriculumwww.columbusclassical.org
Mosaic Classical AcademyToledo, OhioCandidate Memberwww.moasicministries.us
Northeast Ohio Classical AcademyCleveland, OhioCandidate Memberwww.neocacademy.org
Northwest Ohio Classical AcademyToledo, OhioCurriculumwww.nocacademy.org
Rhema AcademyMarion, OhioCurriculumwww.rhema.academy
Southeast Ohio Classical AcademyAthens, OhioCandidate Memberwww.socacademy.org  
St. Francis de SalesNewark, OhioCurriculumwww.stfrancisnewark.org
Veritas Classical AcademyMarietta, OhioCurriculumwww.veritasmarietta.com  

Cincinnati Classical Academy (CCA) is leading the way. Aspiring toward successful Hillsdale College Member Schools in Golden, Colorado (Golden View Classical Academy) and Atlanta, Georgia (Atlanta Classical Academy), Cincy Classical opened last September for the 2022-2023 school year at full capacity with 455 students and a waiting list. They are already rapidly expanding in student programming and enrollment with (7) active clubs, several athletic teams, and plans for 602 seats for the 2023-2024 school year. The student retention rate is a staggering 98% and more than 980 enrollment applications have been received. Cincinnati Classical is the most recent example of a truly exceptional start for an American Classical Public Charter school in Ohio.

Florida success story

Pineapple Cove Classical Academy of Palm Bay (Brevard County, FL)

Pineapple Cove Classical Academy of Palm Bay (Founded: 2015; Enrollment: 1027; Grades K-12)

Summary of Data: Since opening in 2015, English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency scores have far exceeded both the state of Florida and Brevard County levels. This is true for both grade band and cohort level analysis. For example, the average third grade proficiency score from 2015 through 2021 for Palm Bay is 79.34% in comparison to Brevard County’s 62.38% and the state’s average of 56.22%. In looking at cohort longitudinal data, the third-grade cohort of 2015 can be traced through their 2021 (eighth grade) state assessment performance. Please note that data for the 2019-20 school year is excluded because of canceled state testing. Therefore, students who began third grade in 2015 will include eighth grade data in 2020-21. Using cohort tracing, Palm Bay also outperformed Brevard County and Florida averages for “same cohort” data (3rd grade/2015 cohort through 8th grade/2021): Palm Bay 66.8%; Brevard County-57.28%; Florida-54.34%.

Looking at math proficiency scores, Palm Bay again, consistently outscored both Brevard County and Florida in every grade band and every cohort. For example, in 5th grade math proficiency, Palm Bay students averaged a proficiency rate of 70.84 whereas Brevard County’s average was 57.58 and Florida’s was 56.72. Cohort data also shows Palm Bay students scoring higher than both the county and state: 6th grade cohort (2015-2021)- Palm Bay students who began 5th grade in 2015 and completed 10th grade in 2021 averaged 69.34% proficiency throughout their state testing. The same year’s cohort of Brevard County students scored 55.78 % proficient and Florida’s cohort were 46.16% proficient.

Higher than average grade band proficiency scores indicate a strong curriculum and teacher training across that grade band. It shows that from year to year, training, curricula, and instructional strategies prove to be highly effective regardless of the demographic make-up of that year’s students. The “same cohort” high proficiency data indicates the strong year-to-year vertical alignment of curricula and the success of the overall philosophy of Hillsdale’s teacher training: content is taught to be mastered, repetition of previously taught content is minimized, and each student’s ability to apply basic concepts to more sophisticated scenarios is realized.

Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne  (Brevard County, FL)

Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne (Founded: 2018; Enrollment: 824; Grades K-8)

Summary of Data: Since opening in 2018, Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne’s English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency scores have far exceeded both the state of Florida and Brevard County levels. For example, the average third grade proficiency score from 2018 through 2021 for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne is 79.5% in comparison to Brevard County’s 62.38% and the state’s average of 56.22%. Of all grade band proficiency scores recorded in ELA and math, only one did not exceed the district or state level: 3rd grade math. West Melbourne’s proficiency rate was 54.9% with Brevard County (60.12) and Florida (59.58) scoring higher. It should be noted, however, that the 2018 cohort of students who scored a 50% proficiency rate as third graders earned 75.6% proficiency as fifth graders in 2020. (Data was not collected in 2019 due to testing cancellation.)

Looking at math proficiency scores, Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne again, consistently outscored both Brevard County and Florida in every grade band. For example, in 5th grade math, Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at West Melbourne students averaged a proficiency rate of 72.3 whereas Brevard County’s average was 57.58 and Florida’s was 56.72. Cohort data also shows West Melbourne’s students scoring higher than both the county and state.

Higher than average grade band proficiency scores indicate a strong curriculum and teacher training across that grade band. It shows that from year to year, training, curricula, and instructional strategies prove to be highly effective regardless of the demographic make-up of that year’s students. The “same cohort” proficiency data indicates the strong year-to-year vertical alignment of curriculum and the success of the overall philosophy of Hillsdale’s teacher training: content is taught to be mastered, repetition of previously taught content is minimized, and each student’s ability to apply basic concepts to more sophisticated scenarios is realized.

St. John’s Classical Academy (Clay County, FL)

St. John’s Classical Academy (Founded: 2017, Enrollment: 795, Grades: K-12)

Summary of Data: Since opening in 2017, St. John’s Classical Academy’s ELA proficiency scores have far exceeded both the state of Florida and Clay County levels in every grade band. For example, the average third grade proficiency score from 2017 through 2021 for St. John’s Classical Academy is 76% in comparison to Clay County’s 66.28% and the state’s average of 56.22%.

Looking at math proficiency scores, St. John’s outscored both Clay County and Florida in two grade bands but fell below the county or state in the others. For example, in 5th grade math proficiency, St. John’s Classical Academy students averaged a proficiency rate of 50.83% whereas Clay County’s average was 60.22 and Florida’s was 56.72. Cohort data, however, shows St. Johns closing the gap significantly. For example, although the average proficiency rate for St. John’s 4th graders from 2017 through 2021 is 45.53 (compared to the county’s 65.26% and the state’s 60.22%), by looking at the cohort data, significant growth is seen. The 2017 4th grade cohort improved their longitudinal proficiency rate to 62.87 by 2021. The district’s fourth grade cohort, however, averaged a lower (58.70) average proficiency rate by 2021 for the same group of students. In a parallel manner, the state’s cohort average for those students who were 4th graders in 2017 decreased to 57.10%. The cohort data shows that while the students in this sub-group at St. Johns may have begun elementary school with very low math skills (4th grade proficiency was 20%), by the time they reached 7th grade their proficiency rate was 62%.

Higher than average grade band proficiency scores indicate a strong curriculum and teacher training across that grade band. It shows that from year to year, training, curricula, and instructional strategies prove to be highly effective regardless of the demographic make-up of that year’s students. The “same cohort” proficiency data indicates the strong year-to-year vertical alignment of curriculum and the success of the overall philosophy of Hillsdale’s teacher training: content is taught to be mastered, repetition of previously taught content is minimized, and each student’s ability to apply basic concepts to more sophisticated scenarios is realized. Even when students enter the school with low or deficient skills, with the guidance and direction of the teachers, these students are exhibiting growth- sometimes in significant numbers.

Treasure Coast Classical Academy (Martin County, Stuart, FL)

Treasure Coast Classical Academy (Founded: 2019, Enrollment: 1183, Grades: K-8)

Summary of Data: Since opening in 2019, Treasure Coast Classical Academy’s ELA proficiency scores have far exceeded both the state of Florida and Martin County levels. For example, the average third grade proficiency score from 2019 through 2021 for Treasure Coast Classical Academy is 68.20% in comparison to Martin County’s 55% and the state’s average of 56.22%.

Looking at math proficiency scores, Treasure Coast Classical Academy consistently outscored both Martin County and Florida in every grade band. For example, in 6th grade math proficiency, Treasure Coast Classical Academy students averaged a proficiency rate of 76% whereas Martin County’s average was 54% and Florida’s was 55.74. Cohort data also shows Treasure Coast students scoring higher than both the county and state.

Higher than average grade band proficiency scores indicate a strong curriculum and teacher training across that grade band. It shows that from year to year, training, curricula, and instructional strategies prove to be highly effective regardless of the demographic make-up of that year’s students. Since this school has recently opened, there is no same cohort data.

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