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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a charter school?
Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. Parents can choose to send their children to a public charter school outside of their “zoned” public school. There is no charge or tuition to attend a public charter school. While charter schools have flexibility in choosing curriculum and developing innovative teaching practices, charter schools must test students and report results, just like the government-operated public schools, as required by federal and state laws.

School Location:
The Middlebury Academy
88 Kent Street.
Akron, OH 44305


Middlebury Academy is secure where all visitors are required to check in at the front desk.  The Akron Police Department provides security and is on duty at all times.


What sets Middlebury Academy apart from other schools?
Middlebury offers a choice for parents and students within the public school system. Middlebury is often referred to as a private school without the tuition. We place a high emphasis on parent involvement and require parent participation. Our curriculum allows for small group learning to take place allowing the teacher to focus on the needs of the individual child. 

Middlebury Academy has:

  • Rigorous academic standards
  • Grade Looping in selected grades
  • An average of 18 students in each K-3 classroom
  • An average of 22 students in each 4-5 classroom
  • Integrate Technology into each project or lesson
  • Offer after-school activities i.e. A New Way Project after-school program,  chess club, math and reading tutoring
  • Student involvement in community projects
  • School Uniforms
  • Community business partnerships
  • Parent involvement through volunteering or similar activities
  • Enhance the learning environment with a strict discipline policy


How much does it cost to attend Middlebury Academy?
Middlebury is a publicly-funded charter school. There is no tuition charged to attend a charter school.


Do students wear uniforms?
Yes. Middlebury students wear uniforms. The uniform is a Burgundy Middlebury polo shirt and Khaki Trousers, or Skirt. We find that simple, comfortable uniforms or a dress code mark learning as a serious endeavor and minimize student competition and distraction regarding dress. Uniforms will be available for purchase on the website before the first day of school.


Are Middlebury’s teachers certified?
Every Middlebury Teacher is certified to teach in the subject and grade-level to which they are assigned.  All staff is highly qualified.


What can you tell me about the schools’ curriculum?
Students will be actively engaged in various projects and educational pursuits, while at the same time learning the essential knowledge and skills as outlined in Common Core.  Students will use community resources as their “learning labs” and/or use the results of their knowledge to effect change in their school and/or local community.


Testing and Assessment
Middlebury Academy students will participate in the Ohio Achievement Assessment on the same schedule provided by the Ohio Department of Education.


School Hours
Middlebury starts promptly at 8:05 a.m. and dismissal begins at 2:45 p.m.


Middlebury offers Physical Education and Tech Academy to all students. These courses enhance the curriculum and projects in the regular classroom.


How do I enroll my child at Middlebury?
To begin the enrollment process, visit the enrollment tab to complete the 2017-2018 application.


Does submitting an application guarantee, my child, a seat at Middlebury?
No. Middlebury will conduct a random lottery to determine who is able to enroll.


Are parents required to volunteer?
Yes. 20 total family hours per school year.  We believe that parent involvement in their child’s education is critical to the child’s success. Parents will have many opportunities to volunteer based on their skills and abilities. This could be anything from helping at a fundraising event, field trip, or assisting a teacher with administrative work.


Will there be a parent organization?
Yes. Middlebury currently has a PTO.  Parents are encouraged to join PTO and attend a minimum of 3 meetings per year.


Is Transportation Available?
Middlebury currently provides free transportation through Petermann Busing Co.


Is before and after-school care available?
Before and after-school care is provided by the school free of charge.


Does Middlebury offer Breakfast or Lunch?
Yes. We offer free breakfast and lunch to all students


Do you have special education programs (Gifted, ESE, Speech)?
Yes. Middlebury provides services to any child with special needs with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings. Each child is evaluated to determine the most effective educational program we can provide, consistent with federal law.


How can I get updates about Middlebury?
Please email to be added to the weekly email blasts to all families.