Students from 2 Clinton County schools can apply for EdChoice vouchers

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Students from two elementary schools in Clinton County may be eligible for a state-funded program that provides an opportunity to attend participating private schools.

The EdChoice Scholarship Program’s 2019-2020 list of designated public schools includes Roy E. Holmes Elementary School in the Wilmington City Schools District, and the New Vienna Elementary School in the East Clinton Local School District.

The student application system for the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program is open from July 1 to July 31, 2019.

The EdChoice Scholarship Program offers students in grades K – 12 a chance to attend a private school for little or no cost. Students from lower-rated (designated) public schools qualify for these scholarships. The EdChoice scholarship amount is $4,650 for grades K – 8.

To learn how a public school is designated for the EdChoice Scholarship program, please see the criteria available on the Ohio Department of Education’s website. EdChoice designations are based on data from the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 Ohio School Report Cards. Under Ohio’s Safe Harbor laws, the department of education did not use data from school years 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 to designate EdChoice schools.

The program provides up to 60,000 EdChoice scholarships to eligible students. In addition to students at the designated public schools, the program provides low-income students who are entering kindergarten through sixth grade the same opportunity.

Participating private schools that are nearest to Wilmington or New Vienna include the Wilmington Christian Academy on Davids Drive in Wilmington, St. Mary Catholic in Hillsboro, Lebanon Christian School near Lebanon, St. Brigid in Xenia, and Spring Valley Academy in Centerville.

Please confirm eligibility with the private school or email the EdChoice Scholarship Program at [email protected] .

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