I have used the K12 program for years although in different states and this school is by far the worst my children have been in. When we first moved to Georgia and had to switch from CAVA in California to GCA here, my 10 year old was doing great. She had above average scores on all tests. She was happy. When we enrolled her into GCA they wanted to put her back a grade because of her age. Seriously? Then I started to notice that they were teaching things she had already learned in previous years. Obviously she got bored and her grades started to slip. This year they decided to change things. Now they don't teach whats on the K12 OLS, they only teach whats going to be on the Georgia Milestones test. This is unacceptable. If I wanted my children to just learn how to pass a test I would have put them back into public school. Before GCA my children were given ELA, Math, Science, History, Art, Foreign Language and Social Studies. GCA is only giving my students part of ELA (depending on grade level), Math, Science ( 2 lessons a week), and Social Studies (2 lessons a week). The quality of education this school considers appropriate is NOT up to national standards. So not only will you spend 4 to 6 hours a day teaching your child what GCA says they need to learn, you should also tack on another 2 to 4 hours for you to teach them everything the school missed.
We started GCA this fall and have now wasted almost two months with this outfit. Please do your research before you consider this school. This is a school where students spend 30% of their time looking at power point presentations with a live or recorded voice, 70% of the time self study including clicking through other OLS (online school materials). Engaging, student participation is reserved to whomever clicks the fastest on the participation button, and teachers can disable participation by taking away all tools such as hand raising or comments. The school is completion based and not mastery based. 50% of the grade is awarded for merely showing up. It is a lonely road and my conclusion as we exit, is that this school can work, but only if caregiver takes a very active role as a teacher, not just as what GCA labels "Leaning Coach". My gifted student has disliked this school from day 1. We were told to give this "a couple of months" and that it would get better. It has not. I would urge anyone considering this school to research thoroughly. This is a public school, run by a for profit organization. That should be sufficient to make you pause
I have a 10th grade student with GCA, who has been attending for 2 years. We decided to send him back to public school, so two weeks ago, I sent a request form to GCA from the office of our local board of education asking for a transcript request to Troup County Board of Education. As of today, our county's first week of school, my son cannot attend the first day of school with his fellow classmates because GCA hasn't sent the transcripts yet. Now, going on day 2 of school, he still has no school to attend, because even though Georgia Cyber Academy hasn't done anything to help us or our new school district get my son into school, they did make sure to withdraw him from GCA classes & records!!! I have called numerous times daily, since last Wednesday to get help, but when I try to leave a voice message, it will not let me because all the contact staff's voicemail box's are full and will not accept new messages! Even worse, I cannot get a real person to HELP ME!!!! K12 and Georgia Cyber Academy at K12 obviously needs to hire some extra staff from a temp service or permanetly hire some staff for registration to help these kids obtain their education, even if it is not with K12/GCA!