District to launch new virtual course options
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By Michelle Babcock

mbabcock@cherokeetribune.com

Middle and high school students in Cherokee County schools will soon have more online credit options.

Cherokee Cyber Connection Academy, or C3 Academy, will launch in August and offer high school and middle school students the opportunity to complete online coursework during regular instructional days for free, or to take courses in addition to their regular six-period day for a fee.

“The Cherokee County School District is known for its award-winning instructional innovation and of embracing technology, and the opening of this new academy is the latest such endeavor,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said about the program.

C3 Academy will provide a chance for middle and high school students to choose customized schedules, like taking core classes online and electives in traditional classes. It will offer blended learning that combines traditional instruction in classrooms with digital content.

“Through the C3 Academy, our students will have yet another academic choice as they advance toward graduation and their future successes,” Petruzielo said.

High school students have the option to earn initial credit through Georgia Virtual School or other Georgia Online Clearinghouse providers. They can also earn initial credit through Apex pilot locations, and recover credit through Credit Connect.

Middle school students can earn initial credit through GaVS and other Georgia Online Clearinghouse providers.

GaVS is fully accredited and approved by the NCAA.

GaVS has more than 120 core curricula, AP and elective courses available online, the school system said. Students can earn high school credit through a self-directed virtual format, while a certified online teacher helps to guide them.

Apex allows students to move at their own pace through digital instruction in a classroom setting facilitated by a qualified teacher. Students enrolled in Polaris Evening Program and Tippens Education Center can also use Apex for initial credit.

Students wishing to take other accredited online courses, not through GaVS or Apex, must obtain approval from their school in advance, before registering with the provider. Guidance counselors will verify that courses meet the student’s program of study.

For GaVS classes taken on-campus during regular instructional days, enrollment will be first-come, first-served since there are a limited number of computers and instructors available at the schools.

All online classes will employ a teacher and students are required to take final exams. Some classes will require students to take the End of Course Test. Students must complete the course agreement form associated with the online option they have chosen, which is available online.

To participate in C3 Academy, students must already be enrolled in the CCSD. Registration begins July 30, when counselors return for the 2013-14 school year. Interested students can talk to their counselor about courses and registration, and coursework taken outside of Cherokee County schools should be approved by the school counselor and administrator.

Credit recovery options are available during regular instructional days through Apex, and outside of regular instructional days through Credit Connect for a fee of $200 per half credit unit and students may take up to two courses a semester.

Students can check with their guidance counselors for other options.

For more information or to find the various course agreement forms, students and parents can visit the CCSD Online Learning Opportunities website at http://portal.cherokee.k12.ga.us/departments/curriculum/online-learning/default .aspx.

Because of revised NCAA regulations, some non-traditional courses may not meet initial requirements for NCAA eligibility and parents are advised to obtain written confirmation of course eligibility from the counselor or NCAA Clearinghouse.

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