GaVS is a program of the Georgia Department of Education’s Office of Technology Services. It operates in partnership with schools and parents to offer middle- and high-school-level courses across the state through a teacher-led, virtual classroom environment. Students have access to more than 100 course offerings in the core content areas, world languages, CTAE, and electives, along with a large selection of Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
In case you’re not familiar with the program, we thought we’d share a few facts about GaVS! If you need more information after reading, check at the end of the post for a few suggestions of where to go next.
1. It’s experienced serious growth over the last 10 years.
In 2005, the program was funded to serve 1,500 segments (1/2 Carnegie units). Over the last decade, GaVS has grown to nearly 30,000 segments, with growth predicted to reach more than 50,000 segments in the next three years.
2. GaVS offers one of the largest course catalogs in the state.
With over 26 AP courses, and more than 100 courses in core subjects and electives, there are courses for every student in every situation – and options and opportunities continue to increase.
3. It’s free to public school students during the school day.
Students enrolled in a Georgia public school may request a GaVS course free of charge during the school day. Students wishing to complete additional courses outside the school day, or during the summer, have access to a $250-per-segment tuition model.
4. Shared resources are available to everyone.
Because GaVS creates most of its learning material in-house, we’re able to share it with teachers, students, and parents throughout the state. The shared resources site receives hundreds of thousands of hits each month. Check it out at gavirtuallearning.org.
5. Credit recovery is available.
Free credit recovery has been available since 2007 for Georgia public school students who were unsuccessful at their initial attempt at a course. This totally online program has allowed more than 70,000 segments to be awarded to students toward their graduation. Credit recovery is now also available for private schools, at a modest tuition rate.
Want to know more? Check out these links:
Georgia Virtual School
Georgia Virtual Learning
GaVS Teacher of the Year 2015-2016