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K-12
Public charter
Duluth, GA
Students enrolled: 598
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2763 Meadow Church Road
Duluth, GA 30097

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(678) 825-3258
(770) 623-6029
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March 23, 2015
I'm sorry, but I cannot figure out why some of the postings here are so negative. We have had mostly positive experiences here. There have been one or two teachers that get grading done a little slowly, but they are part-time teachers in their course. I have never had a teacher ignore an e-mail, nor have I had one not return a call within a few hours of my request. Instruction is not "solely" put onto the learning coach (parent). That's a completely false statement, and frankly, we've seen teachers at brick and mortar schools who put forth very little or no effort to teach. They could streamline some of the IT functions and protocols, but overall, we are very, very happy at GACA.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2015
My daughter no longer attends GA Connections Academy and instead goes to a brick and mortar public school because she wanted to have a new experience after homeschooling prior to Connections. She has had enough however and is ready to return to Connections. She feels as though she is not challenged academically and misses the flexibility doing on line school afforded her. I am giving GA Connections 5 stars because the year we went there I found it to be excellent. The teachers responded to me asap when I contacted them and I knew every teacher not only by name but by sight. I met them and spoke with them weekly on the phone and they called me not the other way around. We had Live lessons daily and I was told that there is a daily live lesson just for math for high school students. Unfortunately students cheat in brick and mortar schools too. It is up to you to want to learn and take the honorable way and not cheat. On line learning is not for everyone. Your child must be disciplined enough to handle the level of independence and you must be willing to put in the work and time as the parent/learning coach

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2015
I have read many of the reviews below and while I have experienced a few of the things mentioned, I feel they did not give a full shot. You have to be patient and ask your homeroom teacher if you need assistance and be INVOLVED. I think some parents thought if you put your child in front of the computer they will magically get the whole routine and become Einstein. This is our first year and we have a couple of months to go but my child loves it. Yes, you do have to stay very involved in their studies but I did not expect someone else to do it for me. The teachers have been absolutely wonderful when I need them. If my child has an issue about anything they have worked on, I either call or write them and they will schedule a private live lesson to go over it. He LOVES the live lessons and the teachers seem to really care. My only complaint would be that it seems for all of public school curriculum is that they go from one thing to the next and not enough time for a child to absorb what they have learned. Overall I feel if you want to be part of your child education and don't mind be a little selfless to help your child succeed you will enjoy this school. :)

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2015
This is our first year and it was a little rough at first but after we got the hang of things it was a lot easier. The teachers were quick to respond to any issues and were very helpful. The only think that I don't like is that is seems like they are having state testing every other week.

- submitted by a parent

December 23, 2014
If you're looking to actually learn something....this school is not for you. It sets kids up to fail. I am in 10th grade and don't feel as though I have learned a single thing this year. I am struggling through every class, and it is not my fault. I am an honors and AP student. My gpa was 4.2 at a top rated private school last year. It's not me, it's the school. Also, just an fyi for parents, it is beyond simple for kids to cheat on tests and such. Because of the lack of instruction and poor quality of the curriculum, when you get to the tests or quizzes it is very easy to panic over extremely hard questions that you have not been taught how to answer, which leads students to resort to cheating. However, this isn't the students' fault it is not fair to ask a kid to answer difficult questions without teaching them the material prior to the test. I understand the honor code and have seen it implemented correctly, but it isn't realistic in this situation. Thanks GACA for destroying my confidence in virtual school - I've wasted an entire year on this and I'm tired of the incompetence.

- submitted by a student

June 11, 2014
Nine five star ratings on August 27th, 2013. this appears to be loading the deck or a concerted effort to boost a rating. Connections Academy should do more to offer parents to rate, both good and bad on their site. GA Cyber academy suffers from some of the same issues. There is no easy way to use technology with limited teacher support, then comply with all the policies of the state of GA.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2014
Terrible school. Teachers take weeks to grade work, only offer live classes to those that "need help" while other students are forced to teach themselves complex subjects such as chemistry and geometry. My daughter was a 10th grader and a former Honors Student upon entry. Due to poor teaching ethics and strategies she struggled just to make a "C." Not because the curriculum was so advanced but because teachers took so long to respond to questions and to grade her work. Also, the website to turn in work always "glitches," and every Monday she would have an excess of 20+ assignments to "complete" even though she submitted them on time the prior week . This caused extreme stress and anxiety for her and threw her into a depression. I pulled her out after the Christmas break and enrolled her into our local public school where she was way behind. Again, this was due to their "not-si-advanced" curriculum. It also took them almost 2 months to send her transcript so she received her report card from the public school with "Incomplete" in every subject lowering her GPA even more. The software used is outdated and never worked. Your student cannot work at their own pace at all!

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2014
One of the best options out there. YES. You do have to take time out of your day to ensure your children are learning. NO. You cannot expect to sit down and do nothing as a parent. If you want to be active in your children's learning and you want your children to have challenging classwork and top notch classes, then this is the school for you. If you think that the brick and mortar schools are too challenging and to demanding, don't make a switch to this school. There is a strong emphasis on technology and learning that your will not see in any school except private. My children are highly intelligent and the classes they take are very demanding. As a parent though, you need to be prepared to keep an eye on your children to keep them from goofing off. Any kid will goof off if given the opportunity, even the ones with parents who do not think that they would. Being online constantly makes that even more likely. I keep my children in my home office where I can see both their computer screens.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2014
My son is in 8th grade and my daughter is in 6th. If you are considering GACA for your kids, be prepared to be their FULL TIME teacher. I just withdrew my kids after two weeks and I put them back into their brick and mortar school. When I withdrew them, nobody even bothered to ask me why. I even emailed the Assistant Principal to inform her and she never responded. There is entirely too much dependency from the staff on emails. Each child has 7-8 teachers and they ALL send way too many emails to keep track. They need to jump into the 21st century and develop a business model that allows them to place Live Lessons, field trips, study groups, etc. directly onto the kids' calendars so the parents don't have to sort through what is optional, what is mandatory, and the rest of their unorganized madness. I never once heard from my son's homeroom/math teacher when their own policy is for the homeroom teacher to call to welcome us and then contact us at least once a week for a temperature check. My son and I sent her emails repeatedly with read receipts attached, and she read all of them and never responded. I'm so disappointed in the time, effort, and money I invested in this.

- submitted by a parent

January 16, 2014
Excellent as an alternative learning environment. My son has migraines and as they grew out of control in the 6th grade (6 days a week), he went from a straight A student to being totally lost. He was unable to attend school most days and unable to pay attention if he had a migraine while attending. He told me that he had no way of catching up and thus his frustration level was immense which caused more tension and more migraines. Georgia Connections allowed him to work at his own pace without the pressure alleviating some of the migraines. It is a well organized school. The teachers and admin staff are excellent. The level of education is phenomenal. It is a form of home schooling and requires learning coach(parent) involvement. It is state funded and should have been recommended by the local school as they realized that their situation was not working for him. Shame on them. Georgia Connections is a God-send and has been a saving grace for us.

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2014
I was misled by what this school offers for elementary aged children. I thought it would be primarily taught by the teacher, but it's solely on the parent or learning coach. We may reconsider when my children are older and more independent so they can manage their school work schedule better.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2013
This is a neat school. It is very interactive and organized. There are lots of activities and field trips too.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2013
Georgia Connections Academy gives students an alternative to learning in brick and mortar schools. My child is finally successful, because his learning style is being met!

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2013
GACA is a great school for all types of students - special learners to gifted students; professional artists, dancers and athletes. The flexibility to work at your own pace and to complete work when it is convenient for you. The administrators and teachers are tech oriented with a hands on, personal approach. We love GACA.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2013
Georgia Connections Academy not only is a great school but it offers more opportunities for students to have more one on one help, the flexibility to make your child's schedule and most important their safety. In most mortar and brick public schools children are not able to get the help they need because teachers have over crowded rooms, and the children are expected to learn too much in a short amount of time, in my opinion. My children can do school in the comfort of our home and I have peace of mind that if they need help I am there to give it to them. Not only that but their safety is a big concern these days and I rest easier knowing my children are not in any danger. I LOVE GA Connections Academy!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2013
I love the Georgia Connections Academy. It is very structured and interactive. Even though my daughter doesn't see her teacher everyday, they are a phone call or email away. They offer practically everything a traditional brick and mortar school does, including social events were students can meet with their teachers and other students. Online schools are not limited in the extracurricular category either. They offer sports, science & technology, and visual & performing arts, all free of charge. I especially love that the visual & performing arts is sponsored by The Julliard School in New York, my hometown. GACA has proven to be a higher and richer source of education and I'm glad my daughter is a part of it!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2013
My school is super wonderful and fulfills all of my needs including allowing me to be at home teaching my kindergartener this year. I love using the workbooks just like i did when I was in school. I really super enjoy the interactive videos, games, and tools they supply for us as learning coaches. This has been the absolute best experinece 2 weeks into the year. The software they use to grade is up to the minute with progress reports and I get to see teacher comments on things he turns in. They pay for me to send portfolios and provide the envelope with the address already on there which saves me time and money and its a joy for my 5 year old to take it to the mailbox for his teacher to get and grade later. I also love the ease of submitting portfolios online. We are well pleased with how our teacher has her own space during live lessons but is monitored by staff vs doing it out of their home. We met our teacher at a dibels event and she was just lovely. We played at the park with other students in our area so the playground was filled with kids and parents. I look forward to our welcome event in Rome which consist of ice cream which is my sons favorite food of course. We love GACA

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2013
We came from a public school and I chose this school because I was looking for a good home school option for my two boys. The teachers have been wonderful but the work load is SO much! We have been working from 9 am to sometimes 4 or 5 in the afternoon. We have very smart children who loved school but they are beginning to dread the work everyday. (K and 3rd grade) It is grueling! Unfortunately, we will be making a change soon!

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
I wish we would have heard about this fine institution much earlier. We came from private Montessori School. Spent a ton of money and were under the impression that our children got the best education on the planet. Wrong! When we started, it was a huge change and learning curve. This was also the time, when we realized that our girls were so far behind with their learning. The first four weeks were very overwhelming, but thanks to the wonderful teachers, administrators, staff and Tech Support, life became so much easier. Any one at the school is always available for you and your child. The teachers are highly qualified and compassionate! WE LOVE CONNECTIONS ACADEMY!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
After moving to southwest Georgia from the metro- Atlanta area, my child felt as though she didn't fit in her new school environment. I looked at other options and chose homeschooling with Connections Academy. We are very satisfied with the curriculum and the overall flexibility that Connections offers us. Thank God for Connections Academy!

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
My girls have attended Georgia Connections for 3 years now. The staff and teachers are wonderful, they make sure we are following the Georgia state standards while keeping in fun in an at home learning environment. We have an array of Fieldtrips and activities to chose from so their social life is not being left in the dust! GACA is the best choice for my girls!

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
I love my school, Georgia Connections Academy, it is the best! The staff is there when you need them. The teachers help you whenever you need help. You can learn at the pace you want to. It is the best charter school there is. Its way better than the traditional brick-&-morter schools. You can adjust your schedual to your prefrences and there are even special academics you can sign up for! Plus you have other students you can enteract with. The first week of school my teachers called and made sure i had everything I need to have a successful school year. They even offer plans to help you decide your future and they offer scholarships so we can go to college!!! I recomend this school to everyone. Just in the past two years alone the student size had tripled. They have lots of teachers to meet this demand and they keep on getting better! This school sends out text books to the individual student from grades K-8th. I think this school could improve some if they had the money to buy high school textbooks and supply them to the high schoolers like they do the other grades. This is the most amazing school ever! I hope lots more people hear about this school and sign up. It is awesome:)

- submitted by a community member

August 27, 2013
This is our second year in Georgia Connections Academy and we are loving it. The teachers and staff are great and help with any problems we may be experiencing. I have never seen my kids more excited about attending any other school like they are with this one. It gives our kids freedom to complete their lessons in the privacy of our home without any distractions or interruptions that they may have in a regular school environment. My kids are making good grades and enjoying learning. They are also making a lot of new friends from many other communities. This school is awesome.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
Georgia Connections Academy is a great school with wonderful teachers and staff. They work with you and your student to help them achieve their academic goals and we love their clubs and extra activities and field trips!

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
We happened upon Connection purely by accident 3 years ago and I can not tell you how wonderful it has been for my son and our entire family as a whole. We live in a not so great area of Gwinnett County Georgia, with a not so stellar choice of public schools and we are a just barely making it family of 4 with me being a stay at home mom, so private schools were out of the question as well. We decided we would give Connections Academy a year and see how it went. Well we are on year 3 and can not say enough about the education we are all getting! The teachers are READILY available if needed, the field trips are great for both socialization and education. The live lessons are challenging and fun, yet the interruptions that are every day in a brick and mortar school do not really exist, so they are spending the time LEARNING!! We have a 4 year old girl who is also learning a lot from her brothers live lessons. Amazing what is absorbed by children when you are not actively trying to teach them something. Given the fact that I am my son's "learning coach" means that I am relearning all that was taught to me years ago. And we are learning that school can be fun.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
I love this school!!!!,It is way better than public school.I highly recommend it.It has a very good curriculum and awesome teachers.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
This is a great school. This school offers qualified teachers who always have time for their students. The school provides all the books and workbooks and kits for science and math that the students need to exel at no cost to the parents or caretakers. They have and excellent ciriculum. The students attend classroom sesions online with the teachers. The school also provides all the tools to do all the research that is needed for projects right on the school site without having to surf the web. Connections academy has so much to offer That it all cant be listed in a review. Its a great school.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
GEORGIA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY IS THE BEST!!! This is my daughter's 1st year in connections academy! She is REALLY enjoying herself!!! The lessons are engaging, the staff are friendly and helpful. I know this was the very best decision that I could've made for her! She was getting bullied TREMENDOUSLY by the other children!!! I was in hock and when I told the teacher that was in charge at the time, she just rode it off and said "kid would be just kids" OMG are you serious????? My daughter was acting out badly and started fighting in school which that's not the way I raised her!!! I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!! LETS GO CONNECTIONS ACADEMY!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
GA. Connections Academy is an excellent school. The teachers are all supportive of their students and of the learning coaches. You spend more time as a family and the parent/learning coach has much more control over the childs education. This program is great for those that need flexability, those that have medical conditions that don't need the exposure of a "brick and mortar" school, those that need a faster or slower learning pace, this program is great all around.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2013
Despite what one parent has said, this school does have responsible teachers who will help your student with any problems they may have. Heck, the first time I asked a teacher a question, they invited me to a personal LiveLesson to help me work it out. The teacher(s) this parent was talking about should have been reported to the administrator. However, it is also the parent's job as a learning coach to help guide the child through the occasional rough spot or two. Now, onto the actual review. I've found GACA to be a great school, mainly because you don't have to deal with being crammed in a brick-and-mortar sardine can with a bunch of people you don't like. You get to work at your own pace for the most part, the assignments are tricky, but not impossible, and the class selection is pretty sweet too. Plus, while you aren't required to go to them, field trips are a regular occurrence and allow students to meet their teachers and colleagues face-to-face. Plus, the teachers (at least on my grade level) listen to you and respect you. All in all, while it's not for everyone, GACA is a great school and a good next step for homeschoolers. I highly recommend that you at least try it out.

- submitted by a community member

November 11, 2012
Georgia Connections Academy is a great school. This is my first year in online school and I find it amazing. Teachers have live lessons every week that are extremely helpful. Whenever I email one of my teachers, I get great feeback. I can tell that my teachers want me to succeed. If you are looking for a great online school, you shoud try Georgia Connections Academy.

- submitted by a community member

November 01, 2012
The school my students were in was not working so we decided to try online schooling and we are so happy we did! The teachers are helpful and attentive and the flexibility helps our family spend more time together. Everything is easy to use and everyone that works with the school is very professional.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2012
I was thoroughly disappointed in the quality of instruction and interaction with the teachers at this school. Students are required to learn on their own with NO instruction from the teachers. When you initially read about the school, or talk to the school, you are given the impression that there is support for your student . This does not happen. If you enroll your child here, be prepared to be the sole teacher of any subject they are taking. When contacted with questions, teachers merely respond with comments like look around, you can find it . If there are any questions regarding the online lessons, the school s response is always that it is the coaches (parents) job to teach the students. They do not teach . Live Lessons consist of teachers singing current pop songs to the students rather than reviewing the lessons or teaching a concept. If you are looking for an online environment with teachers that teach, or for a school that has teachers that explain concepts (i.e. teach), or a school that is in any way responsive to the needs of the student- - keep looking - -you will not find it here. Just a warning.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2012
This is an excellent school. I am a product of the private school system my (K-12) and even college; I wanted to my children to receive a great education with having to put them in an expensive private schools. I am happy I found Georgia Connections Academy. The staff and teachers are excellent, competent, and courteous. The curriculum is challenging, engaging and fun, and most of all I am able play a major role in my children s education by being their educational coach. As a parent highly recommend Georgia Connections Academy.

- submitted by a parent

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Students throughout Georgia now have the opportunity to thrive at Georgia Connections Academy Charter School (GACA), a tuition-free public cyber school. GACA gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards.

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Georgia Connections Academy
2763 Meadow Church Road, Duluth, GA  30097
(678) 825-3258
Last modified Georgia Connections Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Georgia Connections Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top