Online Learning Options
In accordance with O.C.G.A. § 20-2-319.1 through § 20-2- 319.4, parents should be aware of the following items relative to online learning:
- Districts will allow students to take an online course even if the course is offered in the local
- Online courses can be accessed through the Georgia Virtual School, local virtual schools, or vendor online schools.
- If the online course is taken in lieu of any of the regular six periods, then the school will pay for the course. If an online course is chosen in addition to the regular school day, the student will be subject to the cost of tuition.
- O.C.G.A. § 20-2-319.3 mandates the creation of an online clearinghouse of online courses and their providers to give parents and students the ability to search the clearinghouse for the availability of online courses and providers. Guidelines for what constitutes high-quality online courses also are included.
Accessing Georgia’s Online Clearinghouse
The Georgia Online Clearinghouse provides students and parents with information and access to high-quality academic and career-oriented courses, aligned to state and national standards, through a variety of online providers. To access the information found in the clearinghouse, go to: http://www.gadoe.org/_layouts/GADOEPublic.SPApp/Clearin ghouse.aspx
Step 1: Type in the course you need (for example, Elementary Art).
Step 2: Type in your zip code. You will then see a list of the online providers in Georgia who have the course you selected. The names of program providers have been linked for users to access their site for registration information.
Step 3: Utilize the provider’s site to register the student in the selected online course.
Step 4: Once you have selected an option for your course, contact your local GCPS school counselor for assistance.