The Pittsburgh Online Academy will be expanded to include grades 4 and 5 in the fall.
The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight approved adding the grades to the school, which now serves students in grades 6-12.
Now in its first year, the school has had significant turnover.The school has had 144 students, but only 47 are still enrolled. That includes only 17 of the original 55.
The district is in the process of making some changes in the program.
The school was started to compete with cyber charter schools, offer a different option and save the district money. In 2011-12, district payments to charter schools totaled $11 million.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: email@example.com or 412-263-1955.