The Georgia Virtual School Program

in the

Glynn County School System

General Information

Georgia Virtual School is a program of the Georgia Department of Education and is designed to serve public, private and home schooled students throughout the state. The program is fully accredited by SACS and CITA. Since its inception in 2005, over 25,000 students have earned credit in their local schools by taking such diverse Ga. Virtual School offerings as Chinese, AP Music Theory, and Astronomy. According to the US Distance Learning Association, over one million high school students are taking one or more courses online, and nearly 40 states have established state-wide or state-lead virtual schools.

In the Georgia Virtual School program Georgia certified teachers guide students through each course on a traditional semester pacing. All courses are available on the Internet around the clock. Success rates meet or exceed state scores on both the state tests and Advanced Placement exams. Glynn students who have taken a Georgia Virtual course often report their online class was the best preparation they had for college level work.

Student produced: Georgia Virtual School Video

Enrollment procedures

Students who would like to take one or more classes online from the Georgia Virtual School program must first get permission from their school counselor or registrar (high school) or counselor (middle school) to be sure the course is appropriate for the student's schedule.

Interested students should visit http://www.gavirtualschool.org and click the registration link to create an account and to explore the course offerings in detail. Registration for each Fall semester opens April 1st, and Spring semester opens October 1st. Summer school registration opens March 1st of each year.

Students will complete an online Student Orientation Class prior to the start of class so early enrollment is important. If a student decides not to take the online course after enrollment he or she must contact both the school registrar and Mrs. Galland. No withdrawals are allowed after the first two weeks of class have passed. Since Glynn County Schools pays tuition for these classes, it is important that students make certain online learning is for them before the withdrawal deadline.

Information for Parents

Georgia Virtual School courses are rigorous and are taught by highly qualified Georgia certified teachers. You will be able to set up a parent account to log in to your child's online grade book to monitor progress throughout the course and will receive weekly phone and email grade updates from the program. Teachers keep in constant contact with you via email and phone calls. Paula Galland, the Glynn County Georgia Virtual School facilitator, will be happy to discuss the Georgia Virtual couse option with you. Please email her at pgalland@glynn.k12.ga.us with your questions and a good time to call you.

A recording of the Spring 2012 Open House for Parents is available here. This is full of information about the program and will answer many of your questions.

Course Offerings

A wide variety of college preparatory academic courses are offered at the secondary level. In addition, 22 Advanced Placement classes are available as well as a variety of elective courses. The fall semester (A), spring semester (B), and block (AB) version of each class is taught every semester with few exceptions.

Click HERE for the complete course offerings for this school year.

Cost

There is no cost to Glynn County students if they choose to take a class from the Georgia Virtual Program instead of one or more of their school day classes. There may be a charge of $250 per half unit for an extra class during the fall and spring semesters. Summer school is offered at a rate of $250 per half unit of work. Summer session 2015 begins either June 1st or June 8th and ends July 10th. Students can work from any place as long as they are on a computer connected to the Internet. Rising 9th graders should have their summer class approved by their counselor to be sure credit will be awarded.

Requirements

Students wishing to take an online course should be aware the Georgia Virtual courses are rigorous, college preparatory level classes. Assignments will be due on Fridays with very little allowance for late work. These courses are for self-disciplined, strong students. During summer session assignments are due daily.

Grades

Georgia Virtual School course grades are updated weekly and are posted to transcripts at the end of the quarter or semester. Both students and parents have access to the course online grade book at all times. An automated message system will notify parents by email or phone weekly about a student's progress.

Technology Issues

It is quite helpful if an online student has access to a computer with a fast Internet connection at home. However, students may choose to work before and after school in their media center, when needed. A one unit class will take 10 to 15 hours per week to complete. Visit this link for more details about the technical requirements for Georgia Virtual School courses.

Application Directions

Click here for details about creating an account and here for applying for courses. Returning students, click here to login.

Welcome Movie for Enrolled Students