About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Agora Cyber Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Agora Cyber Charter School had 23 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Pennsylvania average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Agora Cyber Charter School Reviews
I wouldn't recommend any parents to send their children to this program.
I had 2 children in Agora. One was in 1st and the other was in 4th. The first year there was ok, but I noticed that there was a high turnover rate among the teachers. My 4th grader had 3 different teachers before the year was over. It progressively got worse. Their entire curriculum is built around the PSSA (even though the only year you must pass this test is senior year). They constantly want to children to be in class online for about an hour for with each teacher (3 hours a day) and complete their online work schedule which is about 5 to 6 hours worth of work a day. PA requirement is only 6 hours of school. If the children did not complete everything on their schedule for the day AND come to class, they were marked absent. The Language program was terrible! The children were expected to do Spelling, Literature, Writing, and Comprehension EVERDAY along with Math, Science, Social Studies, State History, Art, Gym, an online web application called Study Island, and AGAIN attend 3 hours worth of web class. There's no way a child so be doing that much work a day. AGORA SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN!!!!! They don't know how to run a school and people were often stealing money from the school. It was made public that someone very high on the school hierarchy stole school funds. This school was opened to be a business and not an actual school. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN THERE!!!
I been a student at this school since the very beggining (6 years) from the 4th grade to 10th. This school has changed a lot and its not good changes, The High School program is a complete joke, The school still claims you can work at your own pace but it fails to mention the high school students can't anymore, Way to many tech problems, The schools performence rating these past few years really haven't been high, They mark students absent even though the students were there and working. It just gets worse every year now, I no longer reccomend this school. The only good thing about this school is the teachers are very helpful and nice but the overall school is a joke now.
I have 2 kids that were in Agora for 2 years.The middle school personnel were always available to discuss anything I needed.The high school personnel are never available and dont care.The never answer emails or return phone calls especially ANDREW SAID.He seems to have been on vaction all year and now its summer and he's on vaction still.My kids are going somewhere else come sept.My son was schedualed for summer coarses and now they de-activated our account ,I guess because I dared to scream a message onto Mr.Saids voice mail because I have been leaving nice messages for months to no avail.
The center in Philadelphia is a joke. What a mess! If you care about your child, please don't send them to this place. It is dangerous and overrun with problem students.
Excellent teachers, but horrible tech support.
When we received our laptop, it wasn't working properly. My husband eventually figured out it didn't have virus protection. I don't know why it wasn't set up properly and ready when we got it.
Tech support agents have no idea what's going on. They can't answer simple questions. Tech support did a back up, making their system unusable during busy school hours when they could have scheduled it for a slower time. Kmail, their internal email, doesn't work consistently. Their system is down some days, not allowing access to the school. Tech support should be one of the most important things for a cyber school, and it is almost completely useless.
Teachers are wonderful and are always helpful. Unfortunately they cannot fix all of the problems with tech support. When you try to call the school, you have long lists of automated options and have a hard time reaching a live person. When you reach a live person, sometimes they have no idea what's going on. Getting good help is almost impossible.
I would not recommend this school to anyone.
I would not use this school again.
I am committed to finishing out the year with my daughter, but she's suffering due to not being able to work every day when their system doesn't work. Sadly, I might have to look elsewhere for a better cyber school.
I wasn't sure what to expect when my son started at Agora Cyber Charter in kindergarten. My son has ADHD and was diagnosed with high functioning Asperger's. I was very impressed with the care and attention they gave my son (as well as our family) during the school year. The staff at Agora make the students feel like they are part of a family. Our questions are always answered and we have more than enough support! I would highly recommend Agora over any other school out there!
The curriculum is wonderful. Most of the teachers, especially special education teachers, were fantastic. The therapy services for special needs children are top notch. However, we left the school due to disorganization, inflexibility, and a sense of the right hand not talking to the left.
the administration is horrible, their learning center is a mecca of disfunction the kids are unruly and are allowed to do what they want and dress how they want. Administration does not address issues immediatley it take numerous calls and threats of filing complaints to get their attention.
I find Angora wonderful, the teachers (for subjects) are very friendly and understanding - and hold live sessions for lessons and mentor meetings. Kids can work at their own pace (either fast or slow), and it's a great way to advance. I'm already doing Algebra 1 (the same as my elder brother which is quiet funny), while most my age is on pre-algebra. It's easy for both us (as kids) and for parents. I highly recommend it.