Gca-200 Week 12 Assignment


Admission to GCA is determined pursuant to the receipt of a completed online application packet, admission testing, review of previous academic history and discipline record, and a family interview with the divisional administrator.

Families are encouraged to submit online applications and all information requested to the Admissions Office by April 30th.

How to Apply

Applying is easy using our Online Application. Applying online simplifies submission and provides parents a tool for tracking online the status of their admission after the application has been submitted. CLICK HERE to begin your application now!

Create an Online Application

Use the link on our website under Admissions—Admissions Application to begin the Online Application process, Create an Account. Then log in to your account and Create a New Student Application for your child. You will then have the flexibility to log in and out of your account and access your open application.

Submit Online Application

After you have completed the online application, the Submit Application and Make Payment form will appear. The required non-refundable application/testing fee: $245 per student grades 1-12; $200 per student for P2/P3/P4 and kindergarten is due upon submission of the Online Application. As a benefit to your family, early application fees are as follows for all grade levels: January 23-31—$145, February 1-15—$195. Regular fees apply after February 15th. After submitting the application, you will be able to track your admissions status at the school by logging in to your account. There you will be able to print the completed applications, monitor when the school receives supplemental application forms, and, if necessary, reprint the supplemental forms.

Additional Application Information

To complete the application process, please upload or submit a copy of the items listed below. Additionally, a pastoral reference for your family confirming regular church attendance may be requested by Greenbrier Christian Academy.

___ Health records (Virginia Health Form and/or Athletic Physical; must include immunizations)

___ Original birth certificate & social security card (To be presented to staff)

___ Notarized copy of custody documentation (if applicable)

___ Copy of high school transcript or report cards from the past year (Homeschooled students must submit official documentation from an approved homeschool organization and letter filed with local school system.)

___ Copy of standardized testing results (if available)

___ IEP or Educational Evaluation (if applicable)


Supplemental Application Forms:

___ Parent and Guardian Permit

___ Record Release (Grades 1-12)

___ Financial Aid Request (if applicable)



Each new kindergarten through twelfth grade student is required to take an entrance examination which measures verbal and non-verbal abilities. Additional testing may be requested for classroom placement in math, grammar, and foreign language.

If testing results suggest questions concerning academic success or progress of a student, the application and test results are reviewed by the STEP Coordinator and Admissions Committee to determine placement, intervention possibilities, and final determination in relation to student acceptance.


An interview is conducted with all families applying for admission. Preschool through sixth grade students are not required to attend the interview.

After review of each application and interview, parents will be notified of the Admission Committee's decision regarding admittance.

At least one parent is required to attend the Back to School Orientation held in August. All necessary communication such as classroom assignment, athletic calendars, etc. will be provided online or by mail prior to the beginning of school.

 Greenbrier Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of enrollment. Greenbrier Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, scholarship programs, athletics, or other school-administered programs.




TUITION 2018-2019

A tuition rate has been calculated for the purpose of consolidating most of the miscellaneous charges throughout the year. The tuition rate includes the yearbook for grades K-12 and field trips costs for grades K-6.

Beginnings Academy -P2/P3/P4 and Kindergarten

►Three Half-Days per Week (8:30am-11:45am) - Monday, Wednesday & Friday$ 2,700
►Five Half-Days per Week (8:30am-11:45am)$ 4,250
►Three Full Days per Week (7:30am-3:05pm) - Monday, Wednesday & Friday$ 4,250
►Five Full Days per Week (7:30am-3:05pm)$ 6,450
►Half-Day Kindergarten$ 4,800
►Full-Day Kindergarten$ 6,900
►Three Day Extended Care - Monday, Wednesday & Friday (Morning OR Afternoon)$ 89
►Five Day Extended Care (Morning OR Afternoon)$ 149
►Five Day Extended Care - Morning AND Afternoon$ 270
►DROP-IN Service (per child per use)$18

P2/P3/P4 classes: payments made on a 9 month schedule, August-April
Kindergarten Classes: monthly payments based on an eleven month tuition schedule, July-May
Application fee - $200/student for Beginnings Academy
Textbook fee - $250/student—Kindergarten only



Foundations Academy - Grades 1-3

$ 8,595

Bridge Academy - Grades 4-6

$ 8,995

Collegiate Academy - Grades 7-12

$ 9,895

  Monthly payments based on an eleven month tuition schedule July-May
Early Application/Testing fee - *$145/student through January 31 - *$195 February 1-15
Late Application/Testing fee - *$245/student
Textbook fee is $250/student.
AP or Dual Credit College level classes carry additional fees.

*includes a non-refundable 3rd party processing fee


Financial Aid and Payment Plans

Tuition Collection

Greenbrier Christian Academy uses the FACTS Management Company for those choosing to pay on a nine-month, August–April, (P2/P3/P4) or an eleven-month, July-May (grades K-12), plan (July tuition installment is non-refundable). This option involves the use of electronic fund transfers with the family's specified bank account. Families may either pay their total tuition in advance to Greenbrier Christian Academy or enroll in the plans offered through FACTS. A brochure explaining the FACTS program is available.

Once enrolled and accepted, students who withdraw after school begins and prior to the last day of the school year will have their tuition prorated based on the actual number of days they are enrolled plus a withdrawal fee of $500 per student (Not applicable to P2/P3/P4 ).


A 2% discount is given for paying full tuition by July 1st. Discounts are provided to families enrolling more than one child. A 5% discount begins with the second child enrolled and an additional 5% per child is granted for additional children. The maximum discount is 25% with discounts being first applied with the second highest grade level enrolled. Special discounts are available to pastors, missionaries and others in full-time ministry positions. There is a 25% discount to the children of GCA alumni after 2008. Children of GCA alumni before 2008 will remain at 35%. Please inquire in the Business Office regarding discounts (Restrictions apply to multiple discounts.). No family may exceed $27,500 yearly in regular tuition charges. Discounts are available to S.T.E.P. Center students who may be involved in the regular classroom, therapy, and/or resource classes.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for families demonstrating need. While we strive to provide Christian education to as many families as possible, finances may not always be available to help every family who demonstrates a need. Please note Greenbrier Christian Academy does not provide 100% paid tuition for any student. Under financial aid guidelines, the highest percent awarded is 50% of the tuition. In most cases, financial aid falls in the 10 - 30% range.

Application for financial aid is available through the FACTS website HERE. There is a $30 application fee due upon submission of the financial aid application and NO application will be reviewed until it is complete. Families receiving financial aid may not receive additional "special" discounts.

Please Note: In the Beginnings Academy (P2 to K5), students must be enrolling in the 5 FULL day program to be eligible for any financial assistance.

May 1st of the present school year is the deadline for financial aid applications for all returning families. New families that are applying must submit no later than June 30th of the year prior to admission to the Academy. New families may apply at any time, but will not be awarded any financial aid until after the May 1st deadline for returning families has past. Please allow a minimum of three weeks for processing and determination to be made.

Financial aid must be secured for each individual school year. Families presently receiving financial aid will not automatically receive aid each year. A complete Financial Aid Request must be filed each year demonstrating continued need for support, along with the appropriate enrollment fee.

After School Programs

Extended Care

Before and after-school care is available for students in Preschool through the sixth grade. Extended care facilities will be open from 6:30am to 8:00am and from 3:00 pm to 6:00pm each day. The after-school program will operate on the same yearly schedule as Greenbrier Christian Academy.

Extended care students will enjoy a time of sharing in God's word, snack, quiet time to work on homework, playground time, and indoor activities.

Fees are assessed on a monthly basis only during the school year. If a student attends any part of a month, the parents are responsible for that month's extended care charges. Occasional uses are permitted at a per-use rate. The charges for extended care are as follows:

Morning and Afternoon Care
$270.00 per month

Morning or Afternoon Care
$149.00 per month
Includes afternoon snack

Study and Go

Study and Go is designed as an after-school homework session with professional instructors. Students will attempt to complete all written homework. However, study time, class projects and compositions will require additional planning and time. Time management ideas will be generated for students. No sessions will be held on half day or holiday dismissals. Discipline matters, such as detentions, that would conflict have priority. Students in grades 7-12 may register for the program by semester or for the year.

Study and Go$1050 per semester


SuccessfulTechniques for EducationalProgress

S.T.E.P. Center for Learning Differences

Language Therapy

Individualized language training will be provided for students enrolled in the therapy program. Each session will be 45 minutes in length and will occur daily during the regularly scheduled school calendar. The transition program will provide academic language therapy support for students beginning to finalize the three phases of therapy. Transition may contain no more than three (3) students per instructor. Therapy will begin one week after school opens and terminate one week before the last day of school. Therapy is conducted by Academic Language Therapists who seek to strengthen deficit areas and enhance learning strengths. Because therapy is individualized, the instructor may address needed classroom skills during the teaching time. Therapists will provide multi-sensory instruction, individualized to meet your student's particular learning style.

Language Therapy$4,250 yearly*
Language Therapy Transition$2,675 yearly*
Language Therapy Tutorial$2,675 yearly*

*Price is in addition to regular tuition     **Price includes regular tuition


Resource classes are held daily for students with deficits of one year or more in core subject areas. They are also available for students who are able to accomplish grade level work, but may have difficulty keeping the pace of the regular classroom. Resource classes are designed to be self-contained in grades 1 – 6. Students will participate in all specialty areas and P.E. with all of the grade level classes. The contained class provides individualized instruction, strengthens learning deficits and encourages the student to reach full potential. Resource classes may contain no more than six (6) students per instructor. In grades 7 and 8, Resource classes will be offered as needed for core content areas. Resource is available for some courses in grades 9-12. In the event the student can master grade level material at the regular classroom pace, he will be recommended for mainstreaming in the regular class for the next school year.

Full-time Resource (1st-3rd)$ 10,150 yearly**
Full-time Resource (4th-6th)$ 10,450 yearly**
Full-time Resource (7th-12th)$ 11,150 yearly**
Subject Resource  $ 2,195 per subject*

 *Price is in addition to regular tuition     **Price includes regular tuition


Accountability classes are offered to students who need additional assistance in organization, study skills, and preparation for assignments and projects. Accountability meets every day during a regularly scheduled class period. There will be no more than six students to one instructor. Accountability can be very helpful to students who struggle with getting everything accomplished on time and to those who fail to study sufficiently for tests. Accountability partners with teachers, parents, and students for successful achievement.


 *Price is in addition to regular tuition


Individualized Tutoring$40 per hour



GCA seeks to minister to two-and-a-half-year-old students through the 12th grade in a distinctly Christian environment.

The Beginnings Academy believes that children are a gift from God and should be educated in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment according to scriptural precepts. Early childhood education is a critical time in the development of a child's perception of self, others, the world, and God. The emphasis of the curriculum is to stimulate the child's physical, mental, emotional, and social development while maintaining a strong spiritual emphasis. Our facility was specifically designed for this age group and includes two large indoor playgrounds. Instructors hold ACSI Early Childhood Certificates or ACSI Teacher Certificates.

The academic programs for the Foundations Academy, Bridge Academy, and Collegiate Academy are biblically-integrated and designed to prepare the student to perform well in subsequent educational settings, to equip them to be productive members of society, to fulfill God's will for their lives, and to do so with a well-established biblical worldview. Diverse resources and materials are used to accomplish advanced objectives in each discipline of study.

STEP (Successful Techniques for Educational Progress) is a specialized learning program designed to meet the needs of students with educational differences. Language therapy, resource instruction, individualized tutoring, or accountability classes are available.

The faculty and staff of Greenbrier Christian Academy represent a variety of personal and professional backgrounds. All have professed their faith in Jesus Christ and have demonstrated a lifestyle in harmony with the Bible. All of the faculty members are degreed; many hold master's degrees or higher credentialing. The entire faculty is certified by ACSI, and many hold additional state licensure from Virginia or other states.


Beginnings Academy

(Preschool ages 2.5 to 5 and Kindergarten)

The Beginnings Academy works to encourage each child's physical, mental, emotional and social development, while planting the seeds of God's word into their hearts during this critical time in their development.

"So shall My word by that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void,
but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the
thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

Teachers and Staff

Each parent is greeted by our receptionists as he/she drops off and picks up their child, giving assistance as needed. Our experienced teachers take our theme verse to heart in their lesson planning and teaching technique, love their students and share the love of God with each child in their care. Each teacher carefully and creatively plans and implements learning activities that not only teach to our objectives but also spark curiosity and inspire an interest in learning. Teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and are provided with yearly professional development.

We have a school nurse on staff that maintains a clinic area to care for students and keeps parents and teachers informed about how to keep our little ones safe and healthy.


Our safe and secure facility includes: large classrooms which each include a child-size restroom and a sink, two large indoor playrooms and a large common area between the preschool classrooms where kindergarteners and preschoolers can have lunch. We also have a large shaded outdoor playground with age appropriate play equipment as well as access to the school's gymnasium, athletic building, and outdoor track.


Instruction is provided in the following areas: Bible and spiritual development, language arts, math, science, social studies, personal and social emotional development, and physical and motor development. A Biblical worldview is incorporated throughout instruction.

Specialty Classes

Students enjoy weekly specialized classes such as physical education, music, library and art.


Students come together weekly for Chapel in our auditorium to enjoy a time of singing, prayer and engaging Bible lessons.

Special Events/Field Trips

Students are provided with additional special activities to further enrich the learning environment. For preschool, onsite enrichment activities include visits from various local community helpers and professionals, Farm Day, celebrations for holidays, a visit from the zoo, a Grandparent's Day performance, Daddy's Kite Day, Mother's Tea, and field day. Kindergarten students experience most of these activities as well as a few field trips and a kindergarten graduation.


Foundations Academy

(Grades 1-3)

The Foundations Academy strives to develop a lifetime of love learning by providing a firm foundation spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially from which students can confidently impact their world for Christ.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Core Curriculum

Students receive daily Bible instruction where they learn to study, evaluate and apply God's word. Students participate in a weekly chapel service.

Language Arts
Phonics instruction is the foundation to our Language instruction. Students receive daily instruction in reading, spelling, and grammar. As part of their reading instruction, students learn how to use graphic organizers to comprehend and analyze text.

Math includes daily drills, whole group instruction, manipulatives, independent and group centers, and written assessments.

Science is hands-on and engaging using the scientific method as a basis to guide students in analyzing and synthesizing information.

Social Studies
Students are taught local, state, American and world history based on the foundation that God has a plan for all people of all nations.

Specialty Instruction

Foreign Language
Students receive weekly instruction in Spanish. Basic vocabulary, including greetings, colors, numbers, etc., is taught.

Physical Education
Students participate in two PE class each week. Motor skills are emphasized in the younger grades and the concept of team sports is also introduced.

Enrichment - Lego Robotics
The Lego Robotics program creates a cross-curricular challenge for students in technology, science, math, and literacy. Students must meet certain requirements to participate in the school year program.

Computer Technology
Beginning with the third grade, students are taught computer skills of keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and slide presentations in a weekly class.

Students learn about steady beat, rhythm, melody, tone, composition and more through interactive weekly music classes. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in private instrument lessons.

Students complete projects using the elements of art (texture, form, space, line, color, value, and shape) and a wide variety of mediums and techniques during weekly art class. Students' art is displayed in our annual Art Exhibition.


Bridge Academy

(Grades 4-6)

The Bridge Academy exists to help students develop responsibility and independence in their work, build healthy relationships with others, and understand their identity in Christ and how they can be involved in His work.

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." I Timothy 4:12

Core Curriculum

Students receive daily Bible instruction where they learn to study, evaluate and apply God's word. Students participate in a weekly chapel service.

Language Arts
Students receive daily instruction in reading, spelling and grammar. Reading instruction encourages higher-level thinking skills as students create graphic organizers which allow them to not only comprehend but also analyze the text.

Math instruction includes daily drills, whole group instruction, independent practice of skills, and written assessments.

Science instruction is hands-on and engaging by using the scientific method as a basis to guide students in analyzing and synthesizing information.

Social Studies
Students are taught local, state, American and world history based on the foundation that God has a plan for all people of all nations.

Specialty Instruction

Fourth Grade
Students participate in one art, music and computer class and two PE classes each week. They also have 20 minutes of Spanish instruction and library time each week. ( See the Foundations Academy page for more information.)

Fifth Grade
Students have the option of joining band or choir, which meets four days each week. Fifth grade students participate in quarterly electives that include art, computer and PE (2 quarters).

Sixth Grade
Students enroll in band, choir, art or PE electives, which meet four days each week. They also participate in quarterly electives that include STEM, Study Skills, Teen Living and Computer.

Enrichment - Lego Robotics
The Lego Robotics program creates a cross-curricular challenge for students in technology, science, math, and literacy and is available for students in fourth and fifth grades. Students must meet certain requirements to participate in the school year program.


Collegiate Academy

(Grades 7-12)

The Collegiate Academy seeks to provide students spiritual, academic and social opportunities that emphasize their participation in God's kingdom by using the gifts and talents God has invested in them.

"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God and become mature attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" Ephesians 4:11-13

Curriculum Information

Bible Department
Students are required to take Bible each year.

Elective: Biblical Greek

English Department
All students are required to take six years of study.

Advanced electives: AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Writers Workshop

Mathematics Department
Students complete this sequence of core courses:
Math 7 or Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II.

Advanced electives: Trigonometry/Statistics, Honors Trigonometry/Pre-Calc, AP Calculus AB, Adv Applied/Capstone Mathematics

Social Sciences Department
Students complete this sequence of core courses:
Civics, Geography, World Studies I & II, United States History, United States Government.

Electives: Psychology, Communication & Leadership

Advanced electives: AP United States History, AP United States Government, Contemporary U.S. History

Science Department
Students complete this sequence of core courses:
Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry.

Electives: Physics, Oceanography, Astronomy

Advanced electives: Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology,
AP Chemistry, Lab Internship

Foreign Language Department
Three years of study is required for a college preparatory diploma.

Electives: Spanish 1-5, Intro to Latin, other languages available via independent study

Fine Arts Department
All students are required to take a fine arts course before graduation.

Electives: Art I-IV, Art Independent Study, Pottery & Sculpture, Theater, Actor's Craft, Collegiate Band, Academy Singers, Choral Ambassadors (Auditioned)

Practical & Professional Arts Department
senior year.

Electives: Speech, Yearbook, Early Childhood Internship, Intro to Business, Intro to Accounting, Professional Office Technology, Office/Teacher Aide (not for credit)

Health and Physical Education Department
Two years of study is required for P.E. and Health.

Elective: Advanced P.E./Conditioning


Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)  Mean Scores 2016

Critical Reading620518495

GCA scores represent average of top quartile of graduating seniors (2005-2016).
State and national averages released by College Board from 2015 testing.
New scoring from College Board as of March 2016.

Due to unforeseen changes in enrollment, staffing, and course availability,
Greenbrier Christian Academy reserves the right to change or modify elective course offerings as is necessary.
Select high school credited courses are available to students within the 7th and 8th grade.


Grading Scale - Grades 2-12

In keeping with the regional trend in local and statewide school districts, GCA has adopted a ten point grading scale and corresponding quality points:

A (93.00-100.00)4.0 C+ (77.00-79.99)2.3
A- (90.00-92.99)3.7 C (73.00-76.99)2.0
B+ (87.00-89.99)3.3 C- (70.00-72.99)1.7
B (83.00-86.99)3.0 D+ (67.00-69.99)1.3
B- (80.00-82.99)2.7 D (64.00-66.99)1.0
   F (63.99 and below)0.0

Student grade point averages

Individual student grade point averages are calculated on a 4.0 scale and are updated on a semester basis. The overall GPA is computed with weighted credits and includes all courses with the exception of Office/Teacher Aide and Resource Accountability.

Class rank

Class rank is determined at the conclusion of the first semester of study for 12th grade students. Class standings are not finalized until the conclusion of study for each school year.

Graduation Requirements

In accordance with established guidelines in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the school Board of Greenbrier Christian Academy, a student is required to complete a minimum of 22 credited courses. The majority of GCA students earn a college preparatory endorsement by completing additional credits in math, science, and foreign language in the context of elective courses. Each student must complete 24 hours of approved community service for each year they are enrolled (grades 9-12). All students must take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) or comparable test prior to graduation. Additionally each student must take the SAT or ACT before receiving a diploma, regardless of his or her plans for college. Senior students must participate in a cumulative Worldview Panel experience with senior teachers and senior administration, including a comprehensive written component reflecting on the student's worldview perspective. All students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ( numeric average—73) on a 4.0 scale to qualify for graduation.


Advanced Diploma Course Requirements

Subject AreaCredits
(Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, adv. math elective)
Laboratory Sciences4
(Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, additional credit)
Social Studies4
(Geography, World Studies, US Hist., US Gov't.)
Health & Physical Ed2
Economics/Personal Finance1
(Including Bible 11 and 12, three credits in foreign
language, and one in Fine or Practical Arts)

Weighted Credits

Honors: Students in grades 8-12 are eligible to receive weighted credits for honors level work in core subject areas. A student may elect to pursue honors for a particular class with faculty approval. In order to receive the honors credit, the student must complete separate requirements for honors level work in lieu of standard assignment expectations. An overall average of C (73%) must be maintained in the course. After successful completion of the course, the student's grade (quality) points for the course are increased by 0.5 point, and the transcript is modified to reflect the honors credit.

Advanced Placement Program: Advanced Placement courses are offered at the Academy in accordance with the curriculum and standards set by the College Board Advanced Placement Program. AP classes are considered comparable to college level courses and therefore, carry one additional quality point in the GPA. Minimum GPA criteria, academic performance, and faculty recommendation are all considerations for admission to an AP course. Summer preparatory assignments are required. Due to the academic rigor of the advanced placement classes, administrative approval must be granted for any student desiring to take more than two AP courses simultaneously. All students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the corresponding AP exam in May of the school year.

Frequently Asked Questions


What happens after my student completes a pretest?

Once your student has completed the pretests for their courses, they'll have access to all the content the teacher has posted for Instructional Cycle 1. The pretests can be found at usatestprep.com. If you find your student is not able to access modules in the Online High School (OHS), double-check that they have completed the pretest for that course. 

Why are there "Small Group" sessions listed on my student's schedule?

You may see invitations to small group sessions in your student's schedule. Small group invitations are based on pretest scores. If your student's scores indicated they would need additional assistance/remediation, their small group invitation will say required and will be focused on additional scaffolding and strategies for lessons/assignments in the course. If your student's scores indicated they were in a more "advanced" category, their small groups will say optional and will be geared more toward enrichment/extending knowledge. There is no Ticket Out the Door (TOD) in a small group session.

What is a Ticket Out the Door (TOD)?

A TOD is a one question, password protected quiz that can be accessed after the corresponding Class Connect session has occurred. TODs can be found under the "Mastery Activities" module in each course. Students will receive the password to unlock the TOD during that Class Connect session. It is imperative to attend class live or watch the recording. Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) teachers love to teach with a classroom full of students! The interaction is crucial to helping solidify the student's knowledge! High school students need to complete at least five TODs during each instructional cycle for each course. There are 10 opportunities in each course to do so.

What is a Path to Mastery (PTM)?

PTMs are designed to help students to stay on track and not fall behind, which is critical to success in a virtual school. A PTM counts for 15% of the student's overall semester grade. There are two steps in a PTM. The first is to simply complete all the work within an instructional cycle. The second is to either attend live Class Connect sessions or watch the recordings and complete at least five TODs. A PTM is not meant to be a challenge but rather to provide an incentive for students to stay on track.

What are Raise Your Grade (RYG) sessions?

RYG sessions are optional Open Office sessions. RYG sessions provide an opportunity to pop into your teacher's classroom if you have any questions about class, an assignment, etc. During the RYG session, your teachers are available for YOU at YOUR convenience. 

What is a Learner Conference?

Learner Conferences are one-to-one sessions that you or your teacher can schedule. Check the teacher's contact information in the OHS under the "Course Materials" module for a link to sign up/schedule a Learner Conference. Some teachers also have separate modules for the scheduling link. 

What is Blackboard Collaborate (BBC)?

BBC is an online collaboration tool available to teachers and students that allows for synchronous class meetings where both can participate in two-way audio, text messaging, a shared whiteboard, polling, and more. Learn more>>

What is Blackboard Collaborate Launcher?

BBC Launcher is a software application that provides a convenient and reliable way to access your Class Connect sessions and recordings. Because the initial download may take some time, we recommend installing BBC Launcher at least one day before scheduled sessions. Learn more>>

What is the K12 Online High School (OHS)?

The OHS empowers students to manage their time and stay on top of their assignments: 

  • The OHS features a school homepage with the tools students need to be successful, right at their fingertips.
  • School calendars, class plans, and news allow schools and teachers to share important dates and information and help students know what they should be working on each day. 
  • A variety of built-in and easy-to-access progress tools help students know where they are in courses, how they're doing, and what they need to focus on to be successful.

Learn More>>

What is Strong Start?

Strong Start is a required program for all new students. Strong Start's purpose is to help students get started and be successful with their virtual school experience. The program includes help getting started and creating a schedule, progress check-ins, and tips on how to be a successful virtual student. Learn more >>

What is Infinite Campus?

Infinite Campus will be used for final grade reporting, transcripts and Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) data.

Contact your homeroom teacher if you need further assistance.

Can you briefly describe the K12 Curriculum?

K12 provides nearly 200 high school courses designed to help each student find his or her own path and follow it to post-high school success—whether that's in college or in the workforce. K12 courses align with Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

Do you offer credit recovery?

GCA's credit recovery courses allow students who previously failed a required course to earn credit based on competency of the content standards through completion of required modules. Coursework is self-paced because students have previously been exposed to the curriculum and content of the class. It is extremely important that students are actively working and attending all live sessions in these credit recovery courses in order to finish by the deadline. Students must take the Georgia Milestones End of Course (EOC) test to earn credit for all EOC courses.

Counselors refer students for credit recovery based on the student's Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). Learning Coaches and students may also request credit recovery. Please contact your counselor for additional information on credit recovery.

What is an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)?

The ILP is created collaboratively with students, Learning Coaches, and homeroom teachers. The team charts student progress toward academic goals, monitors progress toward graduation, and determines the resources and tools needed for a successful high school experience. Contact your homeroom teacher for more information.

What is a Graduation Plan?

The graduation plan lists required and elective courses the student plans to pursue to fulfill graduation requirements and postsecondary goals. The plan varies based on the year a student entered high school. Learn more about graduation requirements >>

Who is my counselor?

Please refer to the GCA Counseling Directory to determine your assigned counselor. 

What is the course catalog?

The GCA High School Course Catalog is a listing of all courses offered for the current school year. Courses are organized by department. Please view the Course Election Catalog [PDF] >> to review the current course catalog including honors and Advanced Placement® course options.

What are career pathways?

Georgia's career pathways provide a structure for organizing and delivering quality career, technical and agricultural education (CTAE) programs in Georgia's public high schools. GCA offers the following career pathways:

  • Computer Science
  • Marketing Management
  • Web and Digital Design
  • Programming
  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Visual Arts

Students may indicate a preference during the ILP process and on the electives survey. If interested in a career pathway, students should provide a first, second, and third choice during the scheduling process.

What is the 9th Grade Academy?

The 9th Grade Academy provides a bridge between middle and high school that supports our students academically, socially, and foundationally and encourages their success at GCA.

Online High School

Why can't I see my courses?

Counselors are actively assigning student courses. Students should be able to view their courses in the OHS on the first day of school. You can also check your Infinite Campus account for a list of courses currently assigned.

How do I find my student schedule?

You should be able to view your classes/courses on the first day of school. You can also check your Infinite Campus account for a list of courses currently assigned.

What do we do the first day of school?

On the first day of school, log in to your student account: https://login-learn.k12.com/. Check your student email and view your schedule for the day. Access each course by choosing "CLASSES" on the left of your screen. Attend any live classes listed and complete any activities or assignments within each course.

Why is my student schedule locked?

New student accounts may be locked until Strong Start is completed. You will receive an email from your Strong Start Specialist once all required Strong Start items are completed. Accounts will be unlocked within 48 hours of receiving the completion email from your Strong Start Specialist. If you have received the Strong Start Completion email and the 48-hour time frame has passed, but your account is still locked, please contact your Strong Start Specialist.

If you are not new and your account is locked, please contact your homeroom teacher.

Do I have to attend all Class Connect sessions?

Students benefit strongly from attending Class Connect sessions, but we understand that conflicts may arise in which students are unable to attend all of their scheduled Class Connects every day. As long as students are on track and successful in their courses, attendance is highly encouraged but not required. In the case of scheduling conflicts, students should watch the recordings and check in with their teachers for extra help when needed.

I spend a lot of time working in the OHS and completing assignments. Will attending Class Connect sessions take too much additional time each day?

Not at all! These sessions help students learn content and complete OHS lessons and assignments in a teacher-supported environment. We expect that attending and actively participating in Class Connects will result in students spending less time each week to complete their work than they would have without attending these sessions—and may also result in a higher rate of getting assignments done on time with no penalties.

What if I still have an issue with my assigned courses and need/want a change?

Students who have already requested a schedule change are currently being processed, so there is no need to make an additional request if you've already entered one. It is a two-step process to make the change, and it takes time to show up on student schedules after the change has been made. Students have 10 days from the date they start classes to request schedule changes. All schedule change requests should be made using the following link: 2017–2018 Schedule Change Request Form.**

** Submitting a schedule change request does not guarantee approval.

Why do I have to complete the pretests?

Pretests are administered in all courses to gauge your prior knowledge of course material, to determine your academic growth when comparing the final exam to the pretest, and to serve as a preview to your course content. Pretests can be found on the courses' OHS platform. It is important that you perform to the best of your ability, so the test results can be helpful. 

High School vs. K–8

What is the Online High School (OHS)?

The OHS is where students access lessons, assignments, assessments, course resources, and live Class Connect sessions.

The K–8 daily/weekly schedule was very flexible. Is the high school schedule as flexible?

The high school schedule is flexible within each instructional cycle. Because our courses are tied to a semester deadline, along with credits earned, we have a strict schedule which must be adhered to. Each course has a regular instructional cycle of assignments and activities. Students still have the flexibility to work during any time of the day or night and can utilize the weekends as needed.

How is the high school curriculum different from the K–8 curriculum?

First, students have more choices in the types of courses they can take and sometimes the order they can take them. The course content tends to be deeper and narrower than in K–8 courses. For example, a course in history may focus on a shorter period of time—say from 1400 to present. Students are regularly involved on a course-by-course basis in threaded, teacher-monitored discussions with each other about the key topics and ideas being covered.

Because I am not "teaching" my student, what is my role as the Learning Coach?

A high school Learning Coach plays a vital role in the success of the student. They are required to log attendance daily, monitor student user activity, communicate with their student about assignments and grades, maintain internet connectivity, and encourage the student to ask for help when needed. No matter the grade level, students who are the most successful in our program have a very active and involved Learning Coach at home.

How is attendance reported/recorded?

It is the role of the Learning Coach to log daily attendance in the Learning Coach account. High school students must participate in a minimum of 30 hours per week, which will total 90 hours per course by the end of each semester.

How is work submitted?

Instead of work samples, all assignments will be submitted directly to the teacher through the drop-box (similar to an email attachment) through the OHS. Some work is submitted through the computer and scored automatically.

What equipment will my high school student receive?

​​Based on financial need, GCA may loan a computer to an enrolling family. The income guidelines used to make this determination are the same ones set forth by the federal government for determining eligibility in the National School Lunch Program for free or reduced-price lunches. Details on income eligibility guidelines are available on the USDA website. Please contact your Strong Start Specialist if you believe you may qualify for this program.

To track shipments: Visit myinfo.k12.com and log in with your Learning Coach account.
View instructions for checking the status of materials shipment >>

How many courses will my student have each semester?

All students must be enrolled full-time, which translates to 6 courses, in our high school program.

How many teachers will my student have?

Each student will have six subject-specific teachers. All teachers are certified in their content area. A student's homeroom teacher is his/her main contact for general questions and guidance.

Will my student still have an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)?

Yes, each high school student has an ILP that is reviewed by the student, Learning Coach, and teacher each semester. The ILP provides the roadmap for counselors and students to chart a course for success during and after high school.

If my student fails a quiz or test, can he/she go back and retake it again like the K–8 program allows? Students must prepare for the exams before the test or quiz is taken. In high school, retaking a test is at the discretion of the teacher.

Will my student need to attend Class Connect sessions each week?

Yes. It is expected that students attend Class Connects. However, this can be done by attending live or watching the recording of the session afterward. Teachers also hold live help sessions throughout the week for additional support, review sessions, test prep, etc.

My K–8 student received several boxes of books. Can I expect the same for the high school courses?

No. Most of our high school materials are online. Each student will receive a few books, but some courses do not require any texts.

If my student chooses, can he or she work ahead of the class to finish the year early?

No. All students have flexibility within the instructional cycle to adjust their schedule, but students will not have access to work ahead because teachers grade assignments and provide feedback on each assignment as it is submitted. Students will also participate in threaded discussions with their peers on assignments and will need to stay together as a group.

Will my student have access to challenging coursework?

Yes. The high school provides honors and AP® courses to students who need access to courses with increased rigor. AP® courses can help students acquire the skills and habits they'll need to be successful in college. Students will improve their writing skills, sharpen their problem-solving abilities, and develop time-management skills, discipline, and study habits.

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual Enrollment courses provide opportunities for Georgia high school students to take college-level courses and earn concurrent credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree. Learn More>>

Can students graduate early?

No. Students are not able to graduate early. However, students are able to participate in the Dual Enrollment program and graduate with a high school diploma and college credits. Learn More about Dual Enrollment >>

Can I add more than six courses to my schedule?

No. GCA students take six courses/credits per year. We do not offer a plan of study for early graduation. 

Can I supplement at home with additional classes?

Please visit our External Academics page for more information >>

How are grades awarded, and what is the grading scale for high school?

Students must earn passing grades (A, B, or C) in order to receive credit toward graduation requirements. If students earn a failing grade (F) in a course required for graduation, the course must be retaken and a passing grade must be earned. Report cards are sent out at the end of the academic calendar year.

Grading Scale:
A = 90–100%
B = 80–89%
C = 70–79%
F = 69% and below

Will I have access to my student's grades during the year?

Yes! Learning Coaches can check the status of grades, user activity, past-due assignments, and teacher feedback on all assignments at any time by logging into the OHS.

How are grade levels assigned? I believe my student may be in the wrong grade level.

There are specific promotion requirements at GCA, and students must earn a certain number of credits in order to be promoted to the next grade level. If your student did not meet the minimum credit requirements for promotion, then they would remain in the same grade level. The promotion requirements are:

  • Sophomores/10th Grade: 5.0 credits
  • Juniors/11th Grade: 11.0 credits
  • Seniors/12th Grade: 17.0 or more credits

How are credits awarded?

Each semester, every course is worth .5 credits. GCA students must earn a letter grade of A, B, or C in order to earn the credit. Below are the Georgia graduation credit requirements (meet and exceed state standards and university entrance requirements):

  • 4 units of English/Language Arts
  • 4 units of Math
  • 4 units of Science
  • 3 units of Social Studies
  • 3 units of CTAE/World Language/Fine Arts
  • 4 units of elective credits
  • ½ unit of Physical Education
  • ½ unit of Health
  • 1 unit will be granted upon the completion of 100 community service hours
  • 23 total credits are necessary to fulfill graduation requirements for GCA high school.

What is student status (freshman, sophomore, etc.) based on?

Student status is based on the year the student enrolled in high school. While the student grade level will advance from year to year, the only way to progress toward graduation is by earning the required credits (timeline below).

Promotion Requirements:

  • 9th to 10th grade (5 credits minimum required)
  • 10th to 11th grade (11 credits minimum required)
  • 11th to 12th grade (17 credits minimum required)
  • 23 total credits are required to graduate

What happens if a student does not pass a course?

If a student does not pass a course, he or she will need to retake the course if it is needed for graduation. The student also has the option to take Credit Recovery. GCA's credit recovery courses allow students who previously failed a required course to earn credit based on competency of the content standards through completion of required modules. Coursework is self-paced because students have previously been exposed to the curriculum and content of the class. It is extremely important that students are actively working and attending all live sessions in these credit recovery courses in order to finish by the deadline. Students must take the Georgia Milestones End of Course (EOC) test to earn credit for all EOC courses.

Counselors refer students for credit recovery based on the student's Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). Learning Coaches and students may also request credit recovery. Please contact your counselor for additional information on credit recovery.

Where can I learn more about credits and courses?

Visit our Counseling Department's Courses and Scheduling page.

Will my student be required to attend state testing as a high school student?

Yes! GCA students will participate in the state standardized tests as required by the state of Georgia. Testing will be conducted at a variety of sites around the state and proctored by GCA teachers. Efforts will be made to locate a testing site within an hour of your home, but in certain cases it may be necessary to travel longer than an hour. These tests are given over a one- to three-day period depending on the test and student's grade level.

Georgia Milestones EOC—applicable high school courses

Specific testing dates and locations will be published no later than two weeks prior to the testing window.

Does the GCA high school have social events and outings similar to those in K–8?

Absolutely! The high school has a variety of outings (e.g., bowling, college and campus tours, career days, etc). We also host optional online clubs for students and encourage them to participate. Visit the GCA Events Calendar for more details.

Online High School (OHS) Service Interruption

What if the OHS is interrupted?

If the disruption of service is more than one hour, the director/assistant administrator of the school will send a Blackboard Collaborate (BBC) call to students to inform them of the disruption and provide updates as they are provided.

If Class Connects within the OHS are not available, teachers will email, BBC call, or use another form of communication to let students know their plan of recording the class or rescheduling.

If students are unable to use email, they may call their teacher if they have a question regarding their course. Extensions are listed on the syllabus, which should have been printed at the beginning of the year.

What do students do while service is interrupted?

If there is a system-wide issue with Class Connect, your teacher will contact you through email, BBC call, or another method of communication to provide you with directions.

Other things to do:

  • Visit USA test prep: http://www.usatestprep.com/Member-Login. High school students should practice standards they have not yet mastered and complete any remediation/acceleration assignments assigned by the teacher.

Account ID: gacyber
Username: your student ID number (ex. gca123456)
Password: your first name and the last three digits of your student ID number (ex. John456)

  • If a system-wide outage occurs during a testing window, students will be given an extension equal to the amount of time the outage occurred. Teachers will email students the extended deadline. This would only apply to USA Test Prep where our Pre-Assessments, Interim Assessments, and Post Tests are housed.
  • Complete the career planning portfolio surveys in GA Futures. Share results of career profile with your homeroom teacher to add to your ILP.
  • Create a Fast Web account and apply for college scholarships. www.fastweb.com.
  • Visit http://www.act.org/compass/sample/ to learn more about the Compass test and complete practice test items.

Account ID: gacyber
Username: gca + your ID number (ex. gca123456)
Password: gcapeach

Please keep track of your time so you can mark the attendance later when the system is up and running.
Bottom line—Conduct school as usual and continue your school-day routine.

Dual Enrollment Program (Move on When Ready)

What is Dual Enrollment?

The Dual Enrollment Program allows high school students to earn college credit while working toward their high school diploma. Eligible students may choose to pursue a postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate while in high school.

Who is eligible?

Students must be in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and must meet the admissions requirements set forth by the college they wish to attend. Those requirements may include a minimum age and/or grade level requirement as well as a minimum SAT or ACT score requirement.

What is the cost?

Tuition for approved courses is paid for by the Dual Enrollment program. Colleges also provide students with textbooks at no cost. However, some courses may have course-related fees or require supplies that are not covered by the Dual Enrollment program. Course-related fees or supplies may include lab fees, materials, supplies, tools, and equipment.

How can I participate?

Students should research the college's application deadline and admissions requirements to ensure all requirements are satisfied in a timely manner. Depending on the admissions requirements set forth by the college, the student may need to take the SAT, ACT, or COMPASS exam. For more information, please visit the Dual Enrollment page >>

General FAQs

When will I get my books and materials?

For students with approved enrollment, materials usually start shipping 2–4 weeks before school begins. For students who receive approval 3 weeks or less before school starts, or after school starts, expect materials within 7–10 business days.

​To track shipments: Visit myinfo.k12.com and log in with your Learning Coach account. View instructions for checking the status of materials shipment.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Attendance?

High school students will need a Certificate of Attendance to obtain a Georgia Learner's Permit and Driver's License. Follow the link below to access directions for obtaining a certificate of attendance.
How to Obtain a Certificate of Attendance?

How do I view Georgia Milestones EOC results?

Please log in to Infinite Campus to view your EOC results. Georgia Milestones EOC results will be listed under the "Assessment" tab.

How do I request a transcript?

The transcript request process is located at the following link: http://gca.k12.com/resources/forms-and-records.html#transcript

How is my GPA calculated?

GCA calculates cumulative numeric averages for students by adding up all grades in all classes and dividing by the total number of classes taken. This numeric average is on a 100 point scale, for example,  87.963 out of 100. All courses listed on the transcript are averaged together. Also, GCA adds 5 points to the final passing grade for each honors course and 10 points for AP® courses. Therefore, the Cumulative Numeric Average is a weighted average. This is shown as the final grade on the transcript. Students can check their HOPE GPA using the My Hope GPA tab inside their GaFutures account.

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