Georgia Virtual School
Georgia Virtual School
Below is a table showing the key differences and similarities between CHS and the state-sponsored, full-time virtual public school programs offered in Georgia.
|Attribute or Policy||Georgia Virtual School –Full-Time Option||Georgia Virtual School –Homeschool Option||Citizens’ High School|
|Awards an Accredited Diploma||Yes||No||Yes|
|Accredited by a Legitimate Accrediting Agency*||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Diploma awarded is widely recognized by schools & employers||Yes||No||Yes|
|Operated as a Public School District||Yes||No||No|
|Requires periodic academic evaluations of students||Yes – Year-end Exams||Yes – Year-end Exams||No|
|Requires state-sponsored standardized exams||Yes||No1||No|
|Requires End of Course exams||Yes||No||Yes|
|Requires online exams and periodic assessments by phone||Yes||Yes||No|
|Requires adherence to state-dictated school-year calendar||Yes||No||No|
|Keeps student records for parents||Yes||No||Yes|
|Staffed with state-certified teachers||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Academic Advisors or Guidance Counselors aid with class planning||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Requires online class attendance and work using the Internet||Yes||Yes||No|
|Offers high-quality, state-approved textbooks for no additional cost||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Offers any needed computers and Internet service at no added cost||No||No||Yes2|
|Offers college prep diploma program||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Offers academic credit for past courses taken and passed||Yes||No||Yes|
|Allows year-round enrollment and academic-year start dates||No||Yes||Yes|
|Academic Year Length of 9 Months||Yes||No3||Yes, 9 months or less|
|Charges Tuition to students||No||Yes4||Yes5|
|Age of school since founding||Under 25 years6||Under 25 years6||More than 30 years|
|Offers discount for textbooks that are reused in multi-student families||No||No||Yes|
*A “legitimate” accrediting agency is one that is listed by the U.S. Department of Education (DoE.) CHS is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed as a national accrediting organization by the DoE.
1As of 2014, homeschool students in Georgia are not required to take an end of course exam, unless required by the course.
2Citizens’ High School does not require any online work or attendance.
3Pace of study is determined by the student and parent.
4An In-state homeschool student may take a full-time virtual school seat, if available (seats are limited.) If not available, in-state homeschool students pay for courses, currently at $250 or $500 each, depending on the course. Out-of-state students must pay for all courses.
5Citizens’ High School offers an affordable tuition of $179 per course, or $716 per academic year in a convenient, no-interest payment plan of $179 down and $99 per month until paid (in six months.)
6The first Georgia Virtual School was founded in 2005.