They ABSOLUTELY DO NOT. They will be quick to put your child in their Family Academic Support and from there it's all about points. They through a timeframe on your child and if it is not met you will get points. If you complete what they say to complete, you get points. They don't care if your child still does not understand. It's about what they say to complete when they say to complete it. If you reach 10 (elementary) your child is automatically withdrawn from the school. 10 points can be accumulated very quickly, from just about anything. GEORGIA CYBER ACADEMY DOES NOT SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES, AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nope. Not that!
How with the amount of students per teacher? How when all they're concerned about is the GA milestones not if a child is learning...? They barely communicate with the parents. How could they teach leadership? Again, that is the responsibility of the parents. They won't dare put that kind of time into child.
Not. At. All.
They force a child to be at a particular point at a particular time, regardless to if that child understands what they are learning or have learned completely. It's all for the Ga Milestones Test. Test scores for grants...and more donations from the parents. Nothing like integrity, compassion, and respect, are present at this school for a child to learn. That's something that has to be taught and learned at home.
It's hit or miss. It really depends on what teacher you have and how they are as an individual and teacher. Some don't communicate at all. Some communicate a little, some a lot! They technically do what they're supposed to and nothing more. Unless you just have a teacher who loves what she does and will go that extra mile because of it.
Most of the work is really left up to the parent. That is if you want your child to learn and get the most of being in GCA...(think about that for minute...)
They don't give the children homework. They have a class connect with over 100 kids in one class, tell them which lesson to mark complete or to complete on the OLS, or to got to monthly instructional calendar and do what's for that day. They won't go over or check anything from the previous day. It's just on to the next. Whether you understand it or not
My children and I have been with GCA since 2011. At the start of their GCA schooling, my children did great. We loved the curriculum, the communication between parents and teachers were great. But through the years we noticed a drastic change. It started with taking courses away, to doing by a Monthly Instructional calender vs. Daily lessons on the OLS. To completely learning the things that will be on the GA Milestones. They don't care for anything else but that test. If your child falls behind they automatically put them in the Family Support which does not focus on getting the child back on track or even caring for the reason why they may have fallen behind. It could have simply been that they don't understand a lesson. They create the Back on track plan which has a strict timeframe that must be complete by the time they say. If you miss one thing they give you points for it. If you accumulate 10 points, regardless of life and the things that may occur within it...or that your child still may be having an issue with a lesson, you get points. Then they automatically withdraw your child from the school. As a parent/learning coach you might as well just mark lessons complete whether or not your child understands or not. THAT COMPLETELY DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING YOUR CHILD USING GCA!!! There are over 100 children in a class connect. Children barely have a chance to participate in the class. GCA is only concerned with receiving more, as we just received an email from Matt Arkin asking parents to the Ga families website and donate. But they never answer phone calls and barely return emails. IT'S TRULY A MESS NOW. They don't stand by their promise of PROVIDING INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING PLANS for a student that needs it. Nor does the Family academic support team who states their goal is to provide support to the family and student to reduce the number of students who withdraw or become disengaged. They DO NOT provide a comprehensive support system for the families. It's more like a reprimanding them and then withdrawing the student when you reach 10 pts in the system. The team is created to improve retention and compliance but they fail miserably at it! GCA is NOT recommended if you want your child to actually LEARN...and at a pace that is comfortable for you and your child. Think about your child's needs first. No one at GCA will.
We have been with GCA for three years now after homeschooling. We started with just trying it out for a year to see if this would be better for our kids. The first thing we noticed was that our kids thoroughly enjoyed their live Class Connects with their teachers and peers. Secondly, the teachers at GCA are great, and do their best to make their virtual classrooms fun, and engaging for the kids. We love the flexibility it offers as well as the support our kids get from their teachers. Also, there are NO distractions from other students, so our kids can focus fully on their work. Obviously, online learning is not for every student, it requires self motivation, parental guidance, communication, time management, and patience. Because GCA is a virtual public school, it will require more parental guidance and communication than a regular public school. If you have a gifted or a mentally challenged student, then it is first the parents responsibility to work with the school to find out what will work best for their kids. GCA has the support team to help with those situations as well. I recommend GCA If you have the time to spend with your kids on their educational journey.
We used k12 for sixth grade. My son had been bullied in elementary and had to get therapy as a result. I decided to try k12 and loved it. he passed all his classes and passed the CRCT. When it was time for 7th grade he decided he was ready to go back to public school. I told him if he felt ready he could. We survived middle school. He is now on his way to high school and wanted to know if he could do k12 again if he felt he needed to. I assured him he could. Personally I love k12 and feel it's a good fit depending on the student and circumstances. I would definitely do it again if need be.
After three successful but incredibly stressful semesters at an online public school in Gwinnett County, our 7th grader transferred to GCA mid-year. The GCA ramp up was so smooth and we had no less than three dedicated GCA employees assisting our launch. Our child is a dedicated student and was placed in the Advanced Learner Program based on test scores and report cards. It was also recommended that our child take Alg I & Phys Sci for high school credit in the 8th grade by our very helpful and certified homeroom teacher. (There are plenty of learning options for your child at this school as long as the shared information is read and students take advantage of all the offerings.)
The way the curriculum and lectures are delivered works extremely well for my child and our family. The program is the state nuts and bolts with limited standardized testing (no DDA's or ITBS) and there is PLENTY of dedicated time during each school day to build on it in any way you choose. While we rarely attended meet ups, we continued with music lessons, church and team sports in our schedule and yet our children were not overloaded in the least bit as compared to our previous school where our entire family's schedule was dictated by non-age appropriate projects and work that needed so much adult assistance.
I was delighted to hear that around 95-97% of the teachers are returning to GCA for 2016-17, and there are waiting lists for most grades. Also, there are numerous families with multiple children in differing grades enrolled at the same time. (At our previous school, two students would have been impossible to keep up with.) So, we enrolled our rising 6th grader too. Our children are very average, but they are good, active kids that do what is expected of them. It never took much of my time to guide them through the coursework if they stumbled.
After our first successful spring semester at GCA, I can say fully that GCA is a solid choice for us for middle school. I'm so glad I had the guts to transfer and try something new and I wish so much that I'd done it sooner.