Georgia Virtual School registration is open

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Registration for Georgia Virtual School, the online program for students in grades 6-12 offered by the Georgia Department of Education, is now open to all public school students for the summer 2011, fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. A wait-listed registration process is also available now for private school and home-schooled students.

"My vision is to Make Education Work for All Georgians," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge in a department news release. "A major component to making it work for our students is to offer more relevant courses. The Georgia Virtual School is a perfect way for students to take courses that may not currently be offered in their school. I encourage parents and students to look into all of the courses available and enroll today."

Georgia Virtual School courses are fully accredited and aligned to state standards. Courses are taught by highly qualified, Georgia-certified teachers. The program offers a complete high school curriculum with Advanced Placement and college-prep courses. By the end of this spring, more than 8,000 students will have successfully completed courses this school year, enabling them to graduate on schedule and to access challenging courses. The 22 AP offerings give all Georgia students options and opportunities often not available in their local schools. Six languages -- Latin, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Chinese -- are among the most popular offerings.

The middle school program is offered during summer and includes sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade language arts, science and mathematics courses. These courses have been optimized for pupils who face possible retention or who need remediation. For districts considering eliminating or reducing summer school programs, Georgia Virtual School provides a cost-effective option.

Georgia Virtual School can help local schools solve unique scheduling issues confronting students. This includes accommodating students who have transferred as well as those in hospital homebound or alternative school environments. Additionally, districts can save money by using Georgia Virtual School classes for courses with a low enrollment. Some schools even devote a computer lab to a variety of Georgia Virtual classes during one period of the day, enabling them to dramatically increase their course offerings.

Georgia Virtual Learning is committed to the education of all Georgia students. By providing resources linked to the Georgia Performance Standards, teachers, parents and students will have access to course material that can be used in the classroom or at home. For more information about Georgia Virtual Learning, its programs and free shared resources, visit www.gavirtuallearning.org.


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