Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald – August 6, 2018
Many students today are making use of non-traditional schooling methods to earn an education.
The Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) is a tuition-free online public charter school option that students in all grade levels can apply for classes.
Bogart resident Alannah Freeman took advantage of the program and this year graduated from GCA with both her high school diploma and an associate’s degree in business management.
The Cyber Academy is part of the state public school system and is provided free for students.
“Georgia Cyber Academy helped me develop organizational skills. My assignments were due at the end of each semester, so I had to pace myself. This gives students a lot of flexibility, but I needed to stay on track independently. I made a lot of lists,” Freeman said.
The end-of the-semester due dates allow GCA students to work ahead whenever they have free time and take time off when college course loads become heavy.
With her flexible high school schedule, Freeman took classes through Athens Technical College to earn her associate’s degree.
Although online schooling is different than traditional brick-and-mortar schooling, the flexibility gives students like Freeman a head-start on their futures.
″(Doing both high school and college) was very challenging for me. I had to really push myself to finish everything. In the end, earning my associate’s degree at the same time as my high school diploma was worth the extra effort,” Freeman said.
GCA provides a curriculum for students in elementary through high school. The teachers are all Georgia certified, according to the academy.
When students are enrolled they have their materials delivered to their homes including books, CDs, and other supplies. The program is popular among students in the state and GCA officials say enrollment is limited.
To learn more about Georgia Cyber Academy, visit https://gca.k12.com/.