In 2014, Oak Harbor Schools initiated a new program called iGrad Academy to help locate at-risk students that have either stopped coming to school or had other mitigating factors that precluded them from attending. Through this reengagement program, students are offered ways to return to school and become successful or earn their diplomas through online learning. iGrad Academy is offered in partnership with an organization called Graduation Alliance. Resources offered to at-risk students include a teaching mentor and technology so they can participate with online learning to meet graduation requirements.
Ray Cone, associate principal at Oak Harbor High School oversees the program. Students are provided with a laptop, a local advocate, an academic advocate and access to tutors 24 hours a day. "This is an opportunity for students to move forward again, instead of becoming a dropout statistic," said Cone. "It opens a lot of doors for whatever path a student may choose to pursue and helps them turn over a new leaf."