By: Staff Reports | GwinnettCitizen.com

Georgia Connections Academy (GACA), a tuition-free virtual public charter school, has opened enrollment for the 2018-19 academic year. Serving students statewide in grades 6-12, the virtual school provides a flexible school option for families interested in an individualized approach to education.

"Georgia Connections Academy is excited to begin its next charter term serving students in grades 6–12," said GACA Executive Director Heather Robinson. "As a virtual public charter school, we look forward to helping students exceed the academic standards while enjoying their school experience. Our mission is to exemplify a collaborative virtual school where our students meet high expectations through mastery of challenging academic material in preparation for successful college and career experiences."

Though there are many reasons families choose virtual school, the school's 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey revealed that 47 percent of parents chose Georgia Connections Academy because they required or wanted greater flexibility. Additionally, 42 percent of parents enrolling wanted a change from their local school. Families interested in enrolling in Georgia Connections Academy are encouraged to do so early as the school has an enrollment limit of 4,000 students per state law.

Through advanced technology tools and a rigorous curriculum, Georgia Connections Academy's Georgia-certified teachers work closely with students to develop individualized learning plans which nurture strengths and provide additional support for areas of difficulty. The school provides students with a variety of courses, including engaging electives, Career Technical Education courses, and honors and AP course options. According to the school's annual 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, 93% of parents agree that the curriculum is high quality and 92% of parents are satisfied with teachers' helpfulness.

"GACA allows my student to progress at his own pace," said parent Nan Swindell. "The response from the teachers is remarkable, and the built-in resources are extremely helpful and support self-learning through independent research. The curriculum is outstanding!"

Georgia Connections Academy also offers many ways for students to meet and learn together, through online classroom sessions and a range of online clubs and activities. The school hosts numerous field trips throughout the state to help build community among students, and students may attend an in-person graduation ceremony.

Families interested in Georgia Connections Academy are invited to attend an upcoming free in-person information session to learn about the curriculum, meet with teachers and staff, and thoroughly explore the school's program. For those unable to attend an in-person session, real-time interactive online sessions with a school representative and an on-demand session accessible 24/7 are also available.

The State Charter Schools Commission, the school's authorizer, voted to renew Georgia Connections Academy for a 3-year term. The school and its authorizer are working together to finalize the charter contract.

For more information or to begin the open enrollment process, please visit the school's website at www.GeorgiaConnectionsAcademy.com.

Published: 2018-03-07 01:40