THE ECHO PROGRAM

Overview

ECHO is an alternative to EA’s Day Treatment Program, providing students with the opportunity to earn high school credits in a small group setting, using a blended learning system.  The program is designed as a flexible option–for students in need of credit recovery, for youth who have been suspended from their home public school and as an option in lieu of student expulsion.  Students in the ECHO program, though they typically do not need the intensive services of Day Treatment programming, may be part of REACH Counseling for therapeutic supports and individual counseling.

ECHO utilizes Edmentum online programming, instruction provided through a research-based design, in conjunction with teacher-led instruction.   ECHO classrooms consist of several computer stations and small-group work stations, allowing for individualized teacher interventions with students.  Edmentum programming offers comprehensive courseware in all main subjects, grades 6-12, and provides a variety of elective course options.  The digital curriculum, aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards, offers students the opportunity to progress at an individualized pace, while working towards course and credit completion.

The ECHO program has been a reliable option for districts to place students in lieu of suspension or expulsion by giving an opportunity for a second chance.  In fact, over 95% of students who used ECHO  in lieu of expulsion earned a high school diploma in time for graduation.

ECHO primarily provides services to high school students in grades 9-12, but can accommodate students in junior high school, as well.  Most students that attend have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), but this is not a requirement.

ECHO classrooms consist of several computer stations and small-group workstations. It is staffed by an intervention specialist and tutors. This blended environment of technology and staff allows students to work at their own pace and receive one-on-one support when needed.

Personal & Flexible

ECHO allows students to work in a classroom setting up to 6 hours/day with the flexibility to work at home or from a distance. Sessions are divided into two 3-hour blocks to support students with jobs or in vocational training programs.

Students can set a pace that works for them so they can work faster than in a traditional classroom setting allowing them to recover credits for on-time graduation.