June 28 - Georgia Connections Academy to Hold Six More Family Information Sessions in July
Virtual school expanding; teens statewide have new option For 2012-13 school year
June 28, 2012 – Georgia’s public virtual charter school, Georgia Connections Academy (GACA), is expanding from a K-8 to K-12 school for the 2012-2013 school year. Georgia Connections Academy is a tuition-free public school and students from anywhere in the state may enroll.
Enrollment for grades K-12 for the 2012-2013 school year is open now and information sessions are planned statewide for interested families. In-person Information sessions have been held across the state with five more planned for July – see a complete list of information sessions below.
• Valdosta: Monday, July 9, 6:30-8 p.m. at Courtyard Valdosta, 1564 Baytree Rd., Valdosta, GA 31602
• Albany: Tuesday, July 10, 6:30-8 p.m., at Hilton Garden Inn Albany, 101 S. Front St., Albany, GA 31701
• Covington: Thursday, July 12, 6:30-8 p.m. at Hampton Inn Covington, 14460 Paras Dr. NE, Covington, GA 30014
• Dalton: Monday, July 16, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m., at Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Rd., Dalton, GA 30720
• Atlanta/Peachtree City: Tuesday, July 17, 6:30-8 p.m., at Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta/Peachtree City, 2010 N. Commerce Dr., Peachtree City, GA 30269
• Atlanta/Buckhead: Wednesday, July 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at Country Inn and Suites Atlanta Buckhead, 800 Sidney Marcus Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30324
“Good things are happening in public education, and we’re proud to be a leader in the future of great schooling in our state,” said Georgia Connections Academy Principal Heather Robinson. “We look forward to welcoming more elementary, middle, and now high schoolers next year.”
GACA is an innovative public school option that gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a high-quality curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards and offers a cutting-edge, virtual approach to school success. The flexibility and online aspects of the program are particularly appealing to today’s NetGen students and will meet the demands of many high schoolers who are concentrating on sports, arts, career or college preparatory tracks.
Authorized by the Georgia State Board of Education, the school has just completed its first academic year where 700 students received K-8 instruction. All instruction comes from highly-qualified, state-certified teachers.
Now, rising 8th graders can continue their education at GACA as a full high school is added to the school for the coming academic year.
Georgia Connections Academy serves a wide range of Georgia students, including those who are significantly ahead or behind grade level, those who need a flexible schedule, those who learn at a different pace from their peers, and those who need more individualized attention or live in isolated rural settings. Homebound and previously home-schooled students can also thrive at Georgia Connections Academy.
“We’ve become a tight knit community school offering all the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded student experience with clubs, field trips, counselors, and an involved network of families,” said Principal Robinson.
Families seeking more information about Georgia Connections Academy and its approach to personalized public education can visit http://www.GeorgiaConnectionsAcademy.com or call 800-382-6010.
Real-time, online, virtual information sessions will also be available for families who cannot attend an in-person session – more information is available on the school’s Web site.