2022 NC Education Guide

Nothing seems to stay the same for very long in this rapidly changing world. That is true even with our educational institutions. To stay the same is to fall behind. We are fortunate in our area to have many innovative programs, facilities, and educators, who believe in adapting to the times. In our 2022 Education Issue, you will learn, among many things about schools that excel in not only creating scholars but humanitarians and who are adopting courses that will prepare students for our ever-changing world.
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Back-to-School with NC Magazine

This issue features our back-to-school special section!  CLICK HERE to read about our area’s schools, students and more!

Agora Cyber Charter School

Agora Cyber Charter School Offers Continuous Education for PA Students Grade K-12.

Agora Cyber Charter School, an online public school established in 2005, has delivered an uninterrupted education to Pennsylvania students grades kindergarten through 12 for the last 16 years.  The continuous education choices begin with kindergarten and extend through graduation from the 12th grade.

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Geneva College

Wholehearted, Faithful Service in Your Life’s Work

Geneva College prepares students to serve wholeheartedly and faithfully in their life’s work by fostering academic strength, intellectual agility and practical wisdom.  As a liberal arts college with a vocational focus, Geneva prepares students to think, write and communicate well in today’s world as they integrate faith into all aspects of life.

Geneva offers over 145 undergraduate majors and programs, including Aviation, Biology, Communication Design, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Education, Finance, and Nursing, and five graduate degrees. Our ABET-accredited engineering program is ranked in the nation’s top 100 Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Intelligent.com ranked Geneva as the No. 1 Christian University in Pennsylvania in 2021.

Geneva graduates are prepared for careers and for a life of service to God and neighbor; 93 percent of our students are working or in graduate school six months after graduation.

Governed by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva bases its education on the truth of God’s Word in every aspect of student life – academics, athletics and activities. Every one of our experienced and accomplished professors is a committed Christian who challenges students with rigorous scholarship built on the foundation of Christian values. Faculty, administration and staff aim to provide a transformational experience that fully develops student’s abilities and challenges them to be all that God created them to be. Our low student-to-faculty ratio means more personal attention and guidance in all areas of life.

Geneva’s beautiful 55-acre campus is located about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, just 14 miles from Ohio. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and a charter member of both the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and the International Association for Christian Education (IACE).

Learn more about Geneva College by vising their website: www.geneva.edu

Shady Side Academy: Delivering an Exceptional Education, In Person or Remotely

This year, in the face of a global pandemic, schools faced an unprecedented challenge – and a profound opportunity – to reimagine the way they deliver an education to students.

Shady Side Academy was one of a few area schools that opened this fall with in-person instruction five days a week, welcoming 1,108 PK-12 students across four campuses. The administration worked tirelessly over the summer to craft a comprehensive reopening plan grounded in safety, flexibility and academic excellence.

“When it is safe to do so, we believe children are at their best academically and socially when they attend school in person and form close relationships with their teachers and peers,” said SSA President Bart Griffith Jr. “However, in these uncertain times, we recognize that a successful return-to-school plan must be flexible enough to adapt. Our plan not only provides a safe, in-person learning environment, but also an effective distance learning environment.”

SSA’s reopening plan fully aligns with federal, state and county public health guidelines, and was designed in consultation with infection prevention experts at UPMC. Extensive health and safety measures minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Each morning, parents complete a COVID-19 screening via mobile app, which generates a “green pass” for the child. Students and employees undergo temperature checks upon arrival and wear masks throughout the day. Classrooms were renovated to meet CDC social distancing guidelines, and outdoor learning spaces abound. Hallways and stairwells are one-way, with hand sanitizer stations everywhere. Revamped academic schedules keep students in small, consistent cohorts, and lunches are delivered to classrooms or served grab-and-go.

A live remote attendance option is available to students who are unable to learn on campus. Classrooms are equipped with Meeting Owl Pro 360-degree smart cameras that integrate with Zoom, enabling remote learners to attend classes live alongside their peers.

Throughout the fall, Shady Side’s students and teachers found creative new ways to learn, play and engage on campus safely – from a socially distant, restaurant-themed second grade “book tasting,” to a herpetologist visiting a sixth grade outdoor science class, to seniors enjoying lunch in Adirondack chairs on the quad. Fall sports teams successfully competed within new safety protocols, and music and drama classes found safe ways to rehearse and perform.

When it is not deemed safe to learn on campus, Shady Side’s plan provides for flexible toggling to distance learning. Every K-12 student has their own device, with a 1:1 iPad program in K-8 and laptops available for 9-12 students who do not have their own. During distance learning, an age-appropriate mix of synchronous Zoom classes and asynchronous lessons are presented every day in every grade, and teachers and support staff host virtual office hours. Community time is preserved through virtual assemblies and gatherings.

Whether classes are on campus or online, Shady Side Academy continues to deliver the challenging, engaging curriculum for which it is nationally renowned.