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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.