February 16, 2017: Agora CEO, Dr. Michael J. Conti, and eight other cyber charter school CEOs penned an open letter to Governor Wolf on behalf of all cyber charter schools in anticipation of this year's budget negotiations. Click here to read the letter.
JANUARY 25, 2017: Agora senior, Amber Johnston, and CEO, Dr. Michael J. Conti, are featured on Harrisburg's GOOD DAY PA! show to celebrate National School Choice Week. Click Good Day PA featuring AGORA!to see the full interview. Good job Amber and Dr. Conti!
JANUARY 23, 2017: Agora CEO, Dr. Michael J. Conti, responds to Palisades School District's criticism of charter schools "don't judge cybers and charters on school scores alone!" Click HERE to read Dr. Conti's remarks.
NOVEMBER 28, 2016: Marabeth Capenos-Stiffler was featured on the front page of her local newspaper, the Altoona Mirror. She is graduating from Agora in June of 2017 and pursuing a career of teaching music classes to young students with Autism! Click HERE to read all about it.
NOVEMBER 28, 2016: Agora Guidance Counselor, Whitney Patterson, helps parents and families give the gift of themselves when volunteering this holiday season. Click here to read the full story: http://www.pittsburghparent.com/Pittsburgh-Parent/Web-2016/Tis-the-Season-of-Giving-Give-the-Gift-of-Yourself-and-Volunteer-During-the-Holidays/
NOVEMBER 16, 2016: Welcome to Parenthood! Agora senior, Keegan Hart, talks about the struggles and joys of being a teen parent while attending high school. Click here to read the full story: http://www.philly.com/philly/living/20161116_The_Parent_Trip__Keegan_Hart_and_Kareem_Garner_of_Roxborough.html
NOVEMBER 9, 2016: Maegan Kern Bregenser, Agora's Family Assistance Crisis Coordinator, talks about The Mental Health Crisis Facing Our Children in this timely article on Lifezette.com. Click here to read the full story: http://www.lifezette.com/healthzette/mental-health-crisis-facing-children/
OCTOBER 18, 2016: Agora grad, Alexandra Luminella,completed the culinary program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Academy of Culinary Arts and made the local news. Congrats Alexandra! http://www.northcentralpa.com/life/lock-haven-woman-graduates-culinary-program
OCTOBER 7, 2016: Barron Whited, Agora Cyber Charter School Guidance Counselor, shares some tips for making the most of PARENT COLLEGE WEEKENDS! http://www.wearecentralpa.com/central-pa-live/making-the-most-of-parent-college-weekends
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016: Agora 7th Grader, Tavia Isaac, Competes on the Food Network's Chopped Junior! http://www.delcotimes.com/arts-and-entertainment/20160919/12-year-old-chester-chef-competes-on-food-network-show-tonight
SepTember 13, 2016: Board of Trustees selects Dr. Michael Conti as CEO
August 24, 2016: In response to recent commentary, Agora interim CEO Dr. Michael Conti refutes criticism of cyber charter schools. http://thenotebook.org/articles/2016/08/23/my-article1
JULY 10, 2016: Courtney Dornheim recently graduated with honors from Agora and is representing Pennsylvania this week at the USA National Miss pageant! http://citizensvoice.com/news/area-teen-competing-in-national-pageant-1.2065498
GRADUATION PRESS - CLASS OF 2016
June 26, 2016: More than a coincidence? Three siblings graduate Agora as Valedictorians and then journey on to the US Military Academy at West Point. https://www.indianagazette.com/news/indiana-news/indiana-teen-becomes-familys-third-valedictorian,24462034/
JUNE 22, 2016: Agora Valedictorian, Sarah Henderson, is following her brothers' footsteps to West Point. http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/06/pa_teen_follows_in_brothers_fo.html
JUNE 21, 2016: A student from Agora Cyber Charter School reads to a cat at the Pennsylvania SPCA
June 15, 2016: Two Agora students and their families are featured in an article from Philadelphia's The Notebook detailing the many reasons parents choose a public online education for their children:
MAY 25, 2016: Agora Junior, Skyler Klinedinst, is featured in his local newspaper as he prepares for a national competition. http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/sports/columnists/2016/05/24/heiser-despite-hurdles-york-twp-teen-stays-target/84851566/
MAY 20, 2016: LancasterOnLine and PennLive.com covered the Agora Prom in Harrisburg! Check out their photo galleries of our beautiful and handsome students: http://www.pennlive.com/prom/index.ssf/2016/05/agora_cyber_charter_school_pro.html
APRIL 25, 2016: Agora Guidance Counselors Barron Whited and Whitney Patterson provide Expert Tips for Getting the Most out of a College Visit: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/show/pittsburgh-today-live/video-3391528-expert-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-college-visits/
MARCH 19, 2016: Agora 7th Grade Students, Alexis and Jillyan, and their parents fighting for the right to participate in residence School District extracurricular events. See TV coverage and read their uplifting story.
MARCH 4, 2016: Agora Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Chadwick Antonio as our new CEO! Click here to read all about our good news.
FEBRUARY 12, 2016: Board President Mary Steffey describes Governor Wolf's unrelenting attack on cyber charter schools. Click here to read all about it.
FEBRUARY 9, 2016: Congratulations to Lizzie Evans, Agora senior, who is one of 90 semifinalists for the 2016 Military Child of the Year award! Click here to read all about it and see her Spotlight video.
February 4, 2016: For the love of drones! PGH Industrial drone startup helps Agora students (and Community Coordinator Scott Feely) aspirations take flight! Read all about it by clicking here.
JANUARY 27, 2016: Agora student, Kale Millisock, has created a unique tribute his great-grandfather and hero! Click here to read the entire story.
January 12, 2016: Agora sophomore, Ayomiro Aderin, tells us how he chases away winter doldrums as he is quoted in his hometown newspaper!
JANUARY 12, 2016: Panicked about college financial aid? Don't be! Agora Guidance Counselor Barron Whited provides timely tips and guides high school students and their parents through the process. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/show/pittsburgh-today-live/video-3345011-tips-on-applying-for-financial-aid/
JANUARY 8, 2016: Three Agora Guidance CounselorAgora Guidance Counselors (Jill Palme, Whitney Patterson, and Tara Quisito) are mentioned in the official newsletter of the National Board for Certified Counselors, detailing their Feb. 20 presentation at PA School Counselor's Conference in Hershey. Read all about it!
December 23, 2015: New Year's Day is just around the corner and resolutions come with it. Middle school guidance counselor, Barron Whited, helps parents with timely tips to greet the New Year: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.
OCTOBER 30, 2015: Middle school guidance counselor, Barron Whited, helps parents educate and engage their children with timely tips for Election Day!
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015: WTAJ Johnstown/Altoona interviewed Agora CEO Kevin Corcoran at our Back to School night about students’ community projects and this year’s focus on veterans.
August 2, 2015: This week’s Pennsylvania Newsmakers features a discussion of child abuse protection with the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Then, joining host Terry Madonna is Mary Steffey, Board President of the Agora Cyber Charter School, to discuss cyber charter school operations and special education. http://www.newsmakerstv.com/shows/education-and-child-protection.html
June 29, 2015: Are Charter Schools Ruining Public Schools? NO! Hear Board President Mary Steffey defend parents right to choose a public cyber school as a viable educational option: http://www.wfmz.com/business/businessmatters/business-matters-are-charter-schools-ruining-our-public-schools/33839750
Graduation - Class of 2015
Students who are joining the military led the Pledge of Allegience at Agora Cyber Charter school's graduation ceremony at the Giant Center in Hershey on Thursday, June 18, 2015. More than 600 graduates and their families were in attendance. Published June 19, 2015:
July 21, 2015: Agora Grad Ashlyn Riccione named Shippensburg Fair Queen
July 20, 2015: Adam Henderson, Valedictorian, West Point-bound!
July 18, 2015, Lauren Dennis, Agoratorian Award:
July 5, 2015, Mariah Steffey, Canfield Memorial Award: http://www.pottsmerc.com/lifestyle/20150705/scholars-area-students-are-making-the-grade
June 29, 2015, Piper Quinn, Salutatorian: http://www.pennlive.com/west-shore/index.ssf/2015/06/west_shore_school_district_nam.html
June 21, 2015, Mariah Steffey, Canfield Memorial Award:
June 10, 2015, Adam Henderson, Valedictorian: Agora Students Adam and Sarah Henderson in the News
June 14, 2015: Agora Student Josiah Vaughn and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto