Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply?

Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy  is open to students from any district in Ohio and Pennsylvania. There is no restriction on the county or district of residence as long as students can physically attend classes at NEOIA.

Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, gender identity or expression, ancestry, familial status, military status or disability in its educational programs, activities, and employment policies. All district policies, programs, practices, procedures, and decisions shall be reviewed to assure the rights of all students and employees to equal educational and employment opportunities as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and by law.

How do I apply?

To be considered for admission, students must complete the online application by the set deadline of April 26, 2019. All completed applications received by the deadline will be included in a lottery for available seats.

Are applicants considered on a first come, first served basis?

No. All applications received by deadline are given the same consideration in our lottery process.


What if I apply after deadline?

Applications received after deadline will be placed on a waiting list and will not be included in lottery drawings unless the pool of applications received by deadline is exhausted.

When is the lottery conducted?

The initial lottery will be conducted on April 30, 2019.

How will I be notified of lottery results?

Students whose applications are drawn in the lottery will be notified via email if you are not present during the selection process. All other applicants will receive notice by email that they are on the waiting list; they will be included in subsequent lottery rounds for any seats that remain open after the first round. Students drawn in subsequent rounds will be contacted by email.

What is STEM?

STEM is a nationally recognized educational program that emphasizes the use of technology and replaces the standard teacher-driven classroom with one powered by problem-solving, exploration and discovery. It requires the students to actively engage in a situation to find a solution.

STEM is much more than the four subject areas that form its acronym, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). STEM is a unique approach to teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students.

STEM education features strong levels of collaboration among higher education, business and community partners to help develop relevant curriculum and provide internships, mentorships and co-operative education opportunities to help students connect classroom learning to real world experiences.

How is STEM different from a traditional approach to education?

STEM education is a direct response to the realization that Ohio’s future will be built on its capacity for innovation, invention and creative problem solving.

STEM schools are centers of creativity and innovation that provide challenging, student-centered, inquiry-based educational experiences that are cross-disciplinary in nature and relevant to the real world. Unlike traditional school experiences where different subject areas are treated as separate silos, STEM education emphasizes the technological design process and integrates subjects in order to make connections across the disciplines. In a STEM classroom, students develop analytical and creative skills through investigation and problem solving. STEM moves beyond an emphasis on simple test performance and focuses instead on developing higher-level thinking skills.

Is it true that STEM is only for a select number of gifted or students interested in careers in math and science?

Not at all. While increasing the number of young people who choose careers in STEM fields is certainly one objective driving STEM education, it is only part of the story. STEM education develops skills that have a much broader application. STEM emphasizes collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity – skills needed to be successful in today’s world, regardless of specific interests or career goals.

STEM education also places a strong emphasis on personalizing educational experiences to best suit students’ individual learning styles and interests, which means STEM education has something to offer to every student.

The goal of Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy is to attract students from diverse social and academic backgrounds. All students at Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy will be supported to achieve at high academic levels.

What will NEOIA provide students?

The Northeast Ohio Impact Academy focuses on meeting the needs of the whole child by challenging each student to discover, learn, and pursue a rewarding career. Through authentic, transdisciplinary learning opportunities and early college experiences, students will be empowered to become lifelong learners who contribute to our global society.

Is there support for students at NEOIA ?

Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy will create a system of academic support and mentoring to allow motivated students to have access to the most challenging learning opportunities while assuring that success is within their reach. Student ownership of their learning is a key part of the Northeast Ohio Impact Academy educational philosophy.  

In addition, support services will be provided to ensure that all students are afforded their educational rights in the least restrictive learning environment.

What about technology?

Innovative usage of technology will be a cornerstone of the Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy experience. Each student will be given an electronic device for use both in school and at home. Our online learning management system will keep parents up-to-date on the academic progress of their child, and will allow parents access to instructional practices taking place via video archiving. Teacher websites will be interactive and will allow for 24/7 access to coursework and communication links with Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy staff. Classrooms, laboratories and project spaces will be equipped with state of the art educational technology, such as video conferencing equipment, which will allow teachers and students to connect with, and learn beyond, the brick and mortar of the building.

Will Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy follow the Ohio Department of Education Academic Learning Standards?

Yes, Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy will incorporate the Ohio Learning Standards in all content areas. We will offer an engaging, challenging, content-rich curriculum that builds a solid foundation and grows from year to year. The curriculum is designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in both college and career.

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