Dear ECOT Family,

It is with great sadness that we inform you the ESC of Lake Erie West voted against our appeal at their board meeting tonight. We are very sorry that we were unable to maintain your education through the end of the school year. It was with our every intention that we would continue to provide students a quality education, as we have strived for each year since we began.

The decision has been made to close operations at the end of the day tomorrow. We will be sending each family a letter indicating the address and the name of the school district office where records will be delivered.

As long as we are able to staff people for the phones we will accept phone calls for file transfers other than to the local district. We will be able to send electronic files to the school of your choosing as long as it is permitted by the sponsor.

We will complete all semester one grading and issue earned credits and diplomas over the next few weeks. Diplomas are scheduled to be mailed to the address on file after the transcript has been certified by a counselor.

We are so thankful to each of you for choosing ECOT as your family. We have been inspired by the stories that each of you have shared. Our hope is that each of you are stronger, braver, and smarter than when you logged in your first day. We believe in each of you and believe you have the tools to be successful as you continue your educational journey.


Brittny Pierson

Posted in School Announcements on 1/18/18


  1. Updated: 2/23/2018 How long will ECOT continue to answer phone calls?

    ECOT will not have anyone to answer calls from ECOT students and Families as of March 1st.

  2. What does the recent announcement mean?

    ECOT has been forced to suspend operations on January 19, 2018. Suspension means that we have to stop educating students until issues of concern to the sponsor can be addressed. Students will lose access to classrooms on January 19, 2018.

  3. Will my diploma remain valid if the school is closed or will I have to take the GED test?

    Any student with a diploma has a valid diploma forever. We still have accreditation so all graduates will have valid diplomas.

  4. Updated: 2/7/2018 How can I get my records?

    If you were enrolled at the time of ECOT’s suspension, we have sent your cumulative files to your local district of residence that we have on file.

    If you are graduating, you will receive your diploma, official transcript and/or grade cards. Diplomas have been ordered and will be mailed to the address on file.

    If you are a former ECOT student, your records are still being sent to the last known district of residence in case you would need access to them in the future.

    Note: ECOT is not working with any outside agency to assist in record access or delivery. ECOT is responsible and plans to provide all student records to the appropriate school district timely and accurately.

    Added 1/24/18 Attention enrolled students living in Gallia County Local School District, Cuyahoga Falls and Lima City Schools, since the mailing of your letters on 1/19/2018, we have been informed of a preferred address. Please see below:

    Gallia County Local School District
    4836 St. Rt. 3255
    Patriot, OH 45658
    Cuyahoga Falls BOE
    Attn: Pupil Services
    431 Stow Ave.
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
    Lima City Schools
    755 St. Johns Ave.
    Lima, OH 45804
    Pickerington Local School District
    90 N. East Street
    Pickerington, OH 43147
    North Olmsted City Schools
    26669 Butternut Ridge Rd
    North Olmsted, OH 44070

  5. Updated: 2/7/2018 Will I get my report card or transcript?

    A copy of your report card has been delivered with the rest of your file to the board office of your local school district.

  6. Updated: 2/23/2018 How will we return our equipment?

    The court has ordered that all equipment be abandoned due to the cost of recovery. Therefore, you may do whatever you see fit with your computer, laptops, tablets, and related educational equipment. Whatever equipment you have in your possession will not be collected by ECOT.

  7. Updated: 2/23/2018 I am graduating at the end of 1st semester, how will I get my diploma?

    Diplomas are being mailed to the address on file as of 2/22/2018. For students awaiting fall 2017 state test results, those will be mailed once test scores are received and final graduation requirements have been met. Per ODE’s website, the fall 2017 test score results date is now listed as 2/26/2018.

  8. If I am a semester 1 grad, will I still graduate?

    Yes, as long as you have met all graduation requirements.

  9. Updated: 2/23/2018 Will I get my state test scores?

    Fall test scores should be received the 26th.

    If we have already received the test scores, they will appear on transcripts and be included in student files. If test scores are delivered to ECOT at a later date, they will be forwarded to your local school district.

  10. Are we still going to the Supreme Court?

    Yes, we have oral arguments scheduled for February 13th and will be provided a ruling between March and summer of 2018. ECOT is still confident in the merits of our case in the Supreme Court.

  11. Where can I get more information on school options?

    The information below may help as you research options. Please know that we are not endorsing any option. We are sharing these online resources to support you as you make your choice.

    Traditional Public School Interactive Directory

    Community Schools Interactive Directory

    Adult Diploma (22 and over)

    E-School Directory

    School School Type District or eSchool? Approved Grade Levels Public District Location County School Office Phone
    Newark Digital Academy Dropout Prevention and Recovery District eSchool K,1-12,SN Newark City Licking (740) 328-2022
    Ohio Connections Academy, Inc General Education Statewide eSchool K-12 Cleveland Municipal Cuyahoga (513) 486-9120 ext 9120
    Quaker Digital Academy Dropout Prevention and Recovery Statewide eSchool K-12 New Philadelphia City Tuscarawas (330) 364-0618
    Greater Ohio Virtual School Dropout Prevention and Recovery Statewide eSchool 7-12 Lebanon City Warren (513) 695-2924
    Auglaize County Educational Academy Dropout Prevention and Recovery District eSchool K-12 Lima City Allen (419) 738-4572
    Findlay Digital Academy Dropout Prevention and Recovery District eSchool 9-12 Findlay City Hancock (419) 425-3598
    Buckeye On-Line School for Success General Education Statewide eSchool K,1-12,PS East Liverpool City Columbiana (330) 385-1987
    Insight School of Ohio General Education Statewide eSchool K-12 Columbus City School District Franklin (614) 300-2766
    Ohio Virtual Academy General Education Statewide eSchool K-12 Maumee City Lucas (877) 648-2512
    Treca Digital Academy Dropout Prevention and Recovery Statewide eSchool K-12 Marion City Marion (740) 389-4798; (888) 828-4798