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Georgia Cyber Academy4
Posted October 23, 2014
- a community member
This is a great online school. The teachers help you in any way possible, this is because if you have any questions or anything like that the teachers respond back to your kmails as soon as they can unlike b&m school. I like that you can go at your own pace in this school and if an assignment is due a certain day, they give you a few extra days to turn it in because they know that we have other classes with work due the exact same day as their assignments. My teachers are there for me to talk to if i need extra help and they congratulate me on how my grades are doing. They also encourage me to do my best on whatever I'm doing in all my other classes. My school could improve by having more than 1 graduation cite due to disabilities and get more help on cap and gowns for those students that have more than 1 or 2 siblings in this school.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.