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K-12
Public charter
Atlanta, GA
Students enrolled: 9,999
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503 Oak Place, Suite 540
Atlanta, GA 30349

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(866) 523-3162
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Develops grit: Strongly agree
July 20, 2015
No doubt! I believe my students are highly qualified to dig deep and give an exemplary effort in their quest for a fun education which produces phenomenal results!

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 20, 2015
Absolutely! This is taught in the classroom and students are given consequences for their choices if they do not have appropriate behavior.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 20, 2015
Both of my students were treated fairly and the school offers incredible transparency to the parents.

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July 20, 2015
My son thrives. I am encouraged to be involved. The teachers are top notch. The curriculum is RIGOROUS but can be modified to meet each individual child's specific needs.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 20, 2015
6 years of education. The teachers are highly qualified and highly organized. My sons ability to learn effectively is much enhanced because the school welcomes and encourages family involvement.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 14, 2015
See previous ratings on GCA teachers effectiveness! Willingness to help is essential in the success of a student.

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Amount of homework: Just right
July 14, 2015
One thing GCA has done well is issue at homework. Although, it's not mandatory to complete it parents if they feel the need to, can enforce it. Homework is good ONLY if a student has issues in a particular subject. The teachers will also check it as well to see if the info is correct (this helped me out when I was a full time employee plus helping my son thru GCA). The teachers are always so helpful!

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
July 14, 2015
My son was not doing well in a brick and mortar school so I found virtual school. There were no distractions to interfere with his learning process. What I mean by distractions: Unruly Classmates Teachers that have no concern what goes on in their classrooms Students that intentionally try to interfere with another's progress (teachers allow)

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
July 14, 2015
The teachers are amazing when it comes to laying down rules in the classrooms. no rules, no foundation for RESPECT!!!

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 14, 2015
The school outings are always amazing. Students get to interact over playtime or lunch, etc. This is where socializing takes place. Students exchange numbers and email addresses. This leads to planned events for socializing and meeting more new people. Love it!!!

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 14, 2015
I have to give GCA a perfect 5 stars mainly because I am that parent that takes time out to educate my children even when I wasn't an at home mother. I can see how some would rate it between 1 and 3 stars and this is because these parents don't have time for their children's education. I'm not saying this is a bad thing but putting in at least a couple of hours for your child is not too hard to do. Some parents tend to think that they're confined to mandatory class sessions when you have options. GCA classes are recorded and if you're upfront with your child's teacher ahead of time concerning your work schedule, they will work with you. Some parents have off days during the week and still won't put in the time for live class sessions, helping their students where needed, etc. No matter where your child is whether a brick & mortar building or a virtual setting, there is always the chance of your child getting assigned a teacher that doesn't meet your expectations. I had that experience with my eldest son in GCA. Seventh grade year was EXTREMELY AWESOME because he had a phenomenal teacher (New) that was very much organized and then there was 8th grade. My son's 8th grade teacher was new to GCA so things became to overwhelming (no organization) for her but in the end, she did all she could to get my son back on track and she succeeded. The best part though is that as a parent, you can see if your child is on track or not whereas in a brick & mortar school setting, you can barely get a call or email if your child is not doing so well. This may not apply to every school of this nature but this has been my experience every since 4th grade for my eldest son. Overall, I'd choose GCA or any virtual school over the basic brick and mortar school because my main thing is ****COMMUNICATION**** which I never received in the brick and mortar educational setting. GCA ROCKS!!!!

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July 14, 2015
I have to give GCA a perfect 5 stars mainly because I am that parent that takes time out to educate my children even when I wasn't an at home mother. I can see how some would rate it between 1 and 3 stars and this is because these parents don't have time for their children's education. I'm not saying this is a bad thing but putting in at least a couple of hours for your child is not too hard to do. Some parents tend to think that they're confined to mandatory class sessions when you have options. GCA classes are recorded and if you're upfront with your child's teacher ahead of time concerning your work schedule, they will work with you. Some parents have off days during the week and still won't put in the time for live class sessions, helping their students where needed, etc. No matter where your child is whether a brick & mortar building or a virtual setting, there is always the chance of your child getting assigned a teacher that doesn't meet your expectations. I had that experience with my eldest son in GCA. Seventh grade year was EXTREMELY AWESOME because he had a phenomenal teacher (New) that was very much organized and then there was 8th grade. My son's 8th grade teacher was new to GCA so things became to overwhelming (no organization) for her but in the end, she did all she could to get my son back on track and she succeeded. The best part though is that as a parent, you can see if your child is on track or not whereas in a brick & mortar school setting, you can barely get a call or email if your child is not doing so well. This may not apply to every school of this nature but this has been my experience every since 4th grade for my eldest son. Overall, I'd choose GCA or any virtual school over the basic brick and mortar school because my main thing is ****COMMUNICATION**** which I never received in the brick and mortar educational setting. GCA ROCKS!!!!

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May 31, 2015
We have homeschooled for 11 yrs and this was our 1st yr in GCA. We loved it!! My oldest daughter was in 8th grade this past yr and it was a wonderful experience! I also had 1 in kindergarten but we didn't care for the phonics portion (really lacking). The D.I.B.E.L.S assessment for the lower grades is a joke. During this test your child has to sound out or say as many 3 letter NONSENSE words as possible in 1 min. They are called NONSENSE because they're not real words. Why would you not test a kid on specific words or sentences if you want to know their literacy ability? My younger kids will not return to GCA until they are older. The teachers are amazing though!! They always respond quickly to emails. The live classes are such a great asset to the student's learning experience. The state testing was even a great experience. Mrs. Lowndes is the principal for the middle school and is wonderful at her job. She is very active with school events and is always willing to listen for ways to improve. Hopefully my daughter will graduate from GCA and my smaller kids will definitely return when older. Can't say enough...Wonderful!!

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April 23, 2015
We have had a great first year at GCA! The teachers were very helpful and the curriculum worked well for our student.

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January 31, 2015
This is a great school to be in because everyone, and I mean everyone helps out each other in classes. The teachers try their best to get back to us in kmail in a timely manner, it just depends on how busy their day is. People can work at their own pace and they can also turn in assignments a week or two early unlike brick and mortar school. If students need retake a quiz or test for their subjects because they didn't get a good grade on it, they can ask their teacher to reset the quiz or test compared to brick and mortar where you only get one chance to take them. This school is a awesome school because you also get to meet new classmates and it doesn't really matter what grade you're in because the teachers only really know what grade you're in. I would recommend this school to others.

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January 28, 2015
My daughter has attended Georgia Cyber Academy for over three years now, beginning in eighth grade. She is now a junior, and we have been more than satisfied. We are grateful that we have this choice for her education. I agree with others who have said that this is not for every family, because it will not work if there is no active learning coach for the student. The learning coach must be attentive to the student's course work, monitoring daily schedule and gradebook to assure that the student is completing assignments and attending class connect sessions. We have been fortunate that our daughter's teachers have been enthusiastic, responsive, and helpful when we have a problem (with a quick response to our kmails). As learning coach, I have had to reach out for assistance to my daughter's homeroom teacher and high school counselor. I have even written to the head of the school once with a question about school policy. Each time, I have received a quick response, information, and assistance with any problems. As I said, this is not for everyone; but if the traditional system has failed to meet your student's needs, Georgia Cyber Academy will prove a godsend.

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January 27, 2015
I am a student currently attending 9th grade in the 2014-2015 year, and my grades have by FAR rocketed. Being a victim of bullying in public school to no help from the authorities, distractions, poor lunches and who knows what else, I had to seek refuge in my own home to accommodate for my educational needs. The teachers help me when I need additional assistance, and there are Class Connect sessions throughout the day. The teachers have question and answer opportunities at the end of each session always, so no one is left in the dust. The classes are average, ranging from 15 to 100. Their new grading policy (anything after 10 days has a top grade of 70) keeps people on top of things, running a shorter risk of falling behind. A majority of the assignments are computer graded with unlimited retakes (not all are unlimited retakes, some are) so getting an A is not difficult. If you become frustrated trying to get the grade that you desire, your teacher can reset your grade and you can have another chance at a higher grade. I will definitely finish my high school career with GCA and I will never go back to brick and mortar schools. Thank you GCA, for reviving my desire to learn.

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September 26, 2014
We enrolled our 5th grade student for a week before transferring back out. I cannot say that the system is bad or the material is insufficient, but it's definitely not what we imagined a 'virtual school' to be. I would consider GCA to be more of a guided homeschool program than a virtual school. You act as your child's learning coach, which is typical of virtual schools, but the backend support leaves a lot be desired. You are a task master for your child's offline work - you grade worksheets and mark items complete in the system. Your child does take online assessments at the end of each unit to demonstrate competency, does have some guided lessons online and independent reading/writing assignments - but be prepared to spend a significant amount of time as their primary educational support center.

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September 06, 2014
Ga Cyber Academy is definitely a highly competitive educational environment. GCA kids are on the computer however long they elect to be! They can simply choose between "On Line Schooling" or use their books ! They have both resources! In our brick and mortar school system , all of our children "sack race". They are tied together at the hip !! One falls, they all fall ! The whole class has to go back through last week's lesson because the Basics have to be understood by ALL and NO CHILD SHALL BE LEFT BEHIND !! However, those fast learners, gifted students , they will just sit there, hush and wait ! They will grade the slower kids' work: Leaders !!! Ga Cyber Academy is MASTERY based ! GCA is Accredited by the State of Ga, and SACS the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Mastery Based means that Learning is no longer a sack race. Your child determines the pace, his or her pace. Students learn as much as they will! GCA Teachers have been helpful, responsive, concerned, grateful. I have their cell numbers! If your child is Mentally Gifted, with a Passion for Education, with computer skills, Ga Cyber Academy is truly light years ahead in the Education process.

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September 02, 2014
Buyer Beware! This school is not for everyone. If you, as the parent, are not willing to put in the time necessary to help your child(ren) succeed, DO NOT attend this school. Are there "live" classroom setting? yes. Do they provide some material? Yes. But that where it ends. This "school" is highly unorganized, and the turn over rate for the "teachers" are ridiculous. Because they have such a high number of students its very easy for your child to "fall through the cracks." My daughter lost three teachers in one year. A homeroom teacher took from December -March to be replaced. A math teacher took from October - February. And a science teacher was MIA for two whole months. When it comes to test time, they have no clue as to what they are doing, and no one is in charge. Trying to have your children released from this farce of a school is just as hard. Be prepared to fight to get your child's transcript; because each child they lose, they lose money, so they're not willing to let go of anyone. Buyer Beware!

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June 02, 2014
GCA is Awesome!!!! My daughter made leaps and bounds. She loved that she was not rushed through assignments. Her CRCT scores increased dramatically form last year's brick and mortar school. She met and exceeded. CRCT Scores improved 10 to 20 points from last year's brick and mortar CRCT results. We had teacher's that had very quick response times to our questions via kmail. The class connect participation was great. The teacher would offer small group rooms on certain days for students to ask any questions if they needed additional help. I have to say reading some of the negative responses in this review posting made me wonder if they really attended GCA or if it was a misfortune of a hit or miss experience that can be expected in virtual or brick and mortar from time to time. 8th grade here she comes!!!

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May 23, 2014
We have been with GCA for 5 years after getting fed up with our local poor performing traditional school. During these 5 years our daughter has excelled scholastically. The school promotes an environment of learning and challenges the kids to learn by requiring that they make a minimum of 80 on tests to go to the next lesson. Staff has always been responsive and available when we have questions. Their special education department has provided assistance for our daughter's learning disabilities that weren't provided at the traditional school - she gets an hour a day with a special ed teacher for her area of concern vs. 10 minutes a week at the traditional school...and as a result of this she has passed CRCTs for the past 3 years!

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May 12, 2014
We had several issues with GCA, from registration, to clear communication (students not allowed to ask questions during class sessions), to timely responses regarding quality of teachers. My daughter attended GCA the begining of the 2013-14 school year. She was advanced placement in her previous school, and supposed to be the same in GCA. However, her AP classes were being taught information that my daughter had already covered her previous school year and GCA wouldn't bump her up a grade. She became bored and discouraged. I tried to engage the principal, but was dismayed that he was unresponsive. I would definitely NOT recommend this school over a regular brick-n-mortar. The quality just isn't there.

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May 11, 2014
This is the best school ! The children learn a lot and they go on outings just like the area public schools(city or county). Both of my boys stricken with Autism and ADHD are both doing well in this type of school, yes you do have to be home to teach them, burin the long run is it not better for children to be home in a loving environment and with their own families beliefs to teach their children so you children do not have to confront bullying and name calling and other abuses by others. If you have the time and are at home this is the best choice. From a Mom/ Teacher with 2 children on the spectrum.

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March 02, 2014
We have been with GCA for four years. We love it otherwise we would not continue three children's education with GCA. We often speak with school staff via kmail,phone calls, class connects and parent teacher conferences. Our children have learned so much more being at GCA. I love the entire staff, they go above and beyond for the students and learning coaches, it is a team effort.

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February 18, 2014
My son had a speech impediment, and was being bullied at his local school. My husband and I started looking into alternative schooling options that would focus mainly on the learning aspect. We enrolled our son into GCA and have not been happier. Teachers do delay on responses, but hold live classes for parents (aka Learning Coach) for questions that you might have. Our son loves the fact that he can take short breaks during classes so that he doesn't suffer from burnout. There is a lot of material to go over, but working with his teachers they have helped me direct and select the classes that he should be taking to be in accordance with Georgia Standards. At first I was overwhelmed at the amount of material, but I think that had a lot to do with him starting mid year. But our son has taken off with the material and loves the pacing. I would suggest more direct interaction in Kmail between teachers and learning coaches, I do feel like that is lacking a bit. Especially since my son has an IEP. GCA did however set my son up to continue his speech therapy via online sessions one on one with a specialist, which has been awesome. I can't recommend this school enough as an alternative.

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February 17, 2014
My 4th grade daughter was enrolled for one semester. She never spoke to a teacher the entire time. According to the lead teacher, the reason we didn't receive important emails was that my daughter had been re-assigned to a new home-room teacher (happened 3 times in less than two months) and she "slipped through the cracks." The Class Connect sessions were a waste of time. An English teacher told the students that the libraries were "wrong" and that you write a biography about yourself and an autobiography about someone else. Since my daughter performed well on the assessment tests, the school identified her as a child who didn't need help was the reason I was given for the fact that we were never scheduled for a teacher conference. We didn't need one since in my opinion, my daughter had no teacher except for me. This school was our worst educational experience. Many teachers for the class connect sessions also used terrible grammar. My child shouldn't hear that she should "axe" questions. Poor quality teachers will be what your children get if you enroll in GCA.

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January 10, 2014
This is a wonderful school! My daughter is accomplishing things with this school that would not be possible in another school. She is advanced and together we have developed a special curriculum with a mix of middle school and high school classes. She is currently in 7th gr but taking three high school classes also. ( She did two last year.) Also, the k12 curriculum that is the company that develops the curriculum for GCA is excellent. I have two older kids who have been in schools in different states and different types of private schools ( due to several moves) ... And this is the best curriculum! Faculty worked hard to accommodate us and continues to do so. Love the flexibility! we have even traveled while doing school! I couldn't even pay for this at a private school, but it's all free... Books, supplies, science materials, etc! And yes, we have socials and field trips too!

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January 09, 2014
GCA was the worst school experience I ever had. The teachers were not very helpful at all. They never would reply to my questions so I was left confused. I started this school a few days late and I was never able to catch up. I would never recommend this school to anyone.

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September 01, 2013
My 8th grade daughter broke her ankle while practicing with her junior derby team the first weekend after her brick-n-mortar school started, and was mortified at the thought of returning to her 3 story school with the other 2000 kids - on crutches and in a cast! It was stressing her out so much, plus the fact that her absences were counting against her and would make her get way behind! In desperation, I found k12.com online and discovered the closest informational meeting was the NEXT DAY. We went, were impressed, and enrolled her immediately. This option was perfect timing, and she loves her schedule and study courses SO MUCH. It is our intent to do this for a semester only until her ankle is rehabilitated, but we may just do it the remainder of the year! We love it THAT MUCH.

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August 28, 2013
This is my third year as a student and I love GCA. The first year is always challenging, getting used to it and all. But once you get a hang of things, you'll soon realize that you're learning more at GCA than anywhere else. If you're interested in enrolling, just know that it requires both the student and parent to work together so if you have a busy job, keep that in mind (it doesn't mean it's impossible though!). The teachers actually care about each student and it's wonderful.

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May 20, 2013
If you are looking for a challenging school who is above state standards, Georgia Cyber Academy is the school for you.This will be our 3rd year attending GCA.The school sends you EVERYTHING you need from ALL books needed down to the writing paper your student will need to write on. If you run out you can print the paper out. My daughter is 3rd grade and since being eith GCA she is reading and working on a 5th grade level. She loves it because it does give her a challenge. Yes, you get what you pay for and I paid almost $800 1 yr, to independantly homeschool my daughter with no teacher suppport. It was crazy. GCA is free and they have a FULL STAFF of teachers, directors and staff to help you and your child every step of the way. The send every book, even all the supplies needed to complete Science projects. I highly recommend Georgia Cyber Academy to any parent who wants to give your child a high quality education. They even do chron. History from the beginning and my nephews who are in the 5th & 6th grade had no idea who Augusta Ceasar was nor Nero & my daughter was taught this in the 2nd grade at GCA. Only ALP students could learn that in a public classroom they told me.GCA ROCKS~

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May 15, 2013
We've been a part of GCA for 4yrs. We like it because the curriculum is more challenging and broad. The children can work at their own pace and it fosters independent learning. The down side is that they are becoming more & more focused on test scores. However, that is coming down from the state.

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December 18, 2012
My kids attended GCA for 4 years. They are both exceptionally intelligent and did well. GCA is 100% what you and your student put into it. My kids have returned to public school because my daughter needed AP course not offered there. My kids jumped right in with As at their new school so they were clearly prepared. Elemtary and middle are easy "A". Unless your student is special needs if you get less than an A you should assume your child would get an F in any other school. If you do the required work you get an A, if you do not you get less. Scores are not stressed,you just redo the work until you pass. And the fact is it is pretty easy to cheat. So parents have to be very active to check for cheating. Honestly I think the easy As helped my daughter she will accept nothing less now. But high school is TOO tough. I had a ton of kids coming to the co-op specificly because they were failing. The woman who said they give 16 hours of work is accurate but only 1/3 of that is manditory. She needed to take an active roll and help the student stay organized and only make them do the optional work if they are struggling with a subject. GCA has too many computer glitches

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December 11, 2012
I am a parent and I did home school. This is public school. So if you are thinking of home schooling your child and the freedom that comes with that, LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE. This school is mostly online only meaning (no books). My child needs glasses because of so many hours everyday in front of the computer. But what it bad is their work is spread out across many different websites. And the work load is crazy. I sat down one day and counted up how long it would take my child to do everything assigned and according to GCA numbers it should have take 13 hours, that was only one day of work. I understand this school is free but you get what you pay for.

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November 11, 2012
I love this school. I have a daughter in the 4th grade who is very intelligent and they are providing all the testing to move her ahead and give her more challenging work. I also have a 1st grader who has an IEP for speech. He sees a speech therapist 3 times a week provided online and he absolutely lloves it. We defiantly plan on staying with the program.

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October 21, 2012
Excellent school! I am extremely impressed with the curriculum as well as the electives. The Art class is amazing. My child has learned so much already, the teachers are supportive, the curriculum is better than my child's $20k a year private school curriculum, and the materials (textbooks, computers, supplies) are up to date. There are also more educational outings offered than I've seen in any other school. Keep up the great work GCA! My child is thriving, learning, and growing!

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October 01, 2012
This school is great. If you want an environment where the students are friendly, teenagers feel like they are in a public school but within their comfort at home, this school is for you. I attended GCA in 9th grade, and I definitely reccomend this school. The only thing that I didn't like is lack of orginization, BUT t hey are working on that. love this school and miss it dearly

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August 30, 2012
I wanted a school that could provide a challenging educational curriculum, one that caters to my children (1st and 2nd grade) needs, one that was not going to hold them back; but help them to blossom. So far I am very pleased that I have found the school that is providing exactly what I need. Thank you GCA, you rock!!!

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June 25, 2012
We are so impressed with GCA I have 3 children that attend in the 8th 2nd and a kindergartener They have learned so much this year I highly recommend this school to all Thanks GCA

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Georgia Cyber Academy
503 Oak Place, Suite 540, Atlanta, GA  30349
(866) 523-3162
Last modified Georgia Cyber Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12
Georgia Cyber Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top