Curriculum & Instruction

Georgia Standards of Excellence

The Georgia Department of Education Division of Curriculum and Instruction supports research-based instructional practices and strategies for differentiated, innovative, and effective teaching and learning based on the State-adopted standards.

Georgia K–12 teachers—in collaboration with postsecondary educators, business and industry representatives, parents, and educational agencies and organizations—work to develop challenging and relevant standards.

Georgia standards are reviewed for revision on a regular basis to stay current with an ever-changing, fast-paced, technological global society. Georgia standards for all content areas, along with sample instructional resources, are available on GeorgiaStandards.Org.


K–8 Curriculum

At Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), we nurture inquisitive minds with the K12 approach that Big Ideas + Consecutive Down Payments + Practice = Mastery. Throughout Online School (OLS)/Learning Management System (LMS) course offerings, there are recurring themes that build on the previous grades' teaching and weave an ever-richer tapestry of knowledge. The personalized approach means every student can create a pathway to academic success. Teachers use a combination of the OLS/LMS K12-embedded lessons and live instruction via Blackboard Connect to meet the required Georgia Standards of Excellence.



Course Descriptions


Get more specific information about how each subject and grade-level course works to ignite a passion for learning in your child.


High School Curriculum

Courses Specifically Designed for High School Students


GCA uses the K12 high school curriculum to serve our students in grades 9–12. The K12 online high school environment blends the best features of the company's world-renowned K–8 learning environment—the elegant and research-driven design, the compelling interactivity, the ease of use of both online and offline content—with key features designed to make the high school experience successful, given the far more complex high school world of content, skills, and time management.



A Robust Catalog of Courses for Diverse Learners


The K12 High School Course Catalog is robust, offering several core and elective courses. K12 math, language arts, science, and history courses are offered in two versions to meet the needs of diverse learners with diverse goals. Students can chart their own course with the version that matches their aptitude and goals. Two levels of world languages are offered as well.


Two Versions of Core Subjects


With the K12 high school curriculum, students can harness the power of individualized learning by choosing from the following two versions of math, English, science, and history courses:

  • Core courses are similar to the standard courses offered by many other programs. They meet all academic requirements for each course area both for graduation as well as for potential admission into a wide range of colleges.
  • Comprehensive courses are designed for students entering with a strong foundational knowledge and aptitude in the subject area being covered, as well as solid study skills.

For the full list of K12 courses or to download our catalog, view the high school course list.*

*The K12 high school catalog is a complete list of the high school courses K12 provides. While GCA offers a comprehensive selection of courses, not every K12 high school course is available to GCA students.

Earn College Credit While in High School

GCA offers a dual enrollment program which allows qualified students to take classes through a network of over 70 colleges statewide and receive both high school and college credit. To participate at one of the private colleges or one of the University System of Georgia (USG) schools, students must have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), be 16 years of age, be a junior, and have the required SAT or ACT score (required score varies by institution). To participate at a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institution, students do not need to have a particular GPA, but they do need to present a qualifying SAT or ACT score or test as "college ready" on the COMPASS exam. In all cases, students should be on track to graduate. While students typically need to be 16 years old, TCSG will waver down to age 14. Microsoft and Cisco Certifications are attainable through these programs.



The umbrella program in Georgia is called College Credit Now and consists of three programs differentiated by their funding source and what they cover:

  • ACCEL covers tuition for general education core academic classes at USG schools, TCSG schools, and private colleges. Books and materials not covered.
  • The Move On When Ready (MOWR) Program covers tuition as well as books and fees. A full-time online program, MOWR also allows students to take elective classes not covered under ACCEL.
  • The Hope Grant program covers vocational classes at the technical colleges. Tuition is covered 80 percent; books and materials are not covered.

Proven Pathways to a Chosen Career


At GCA, your college- or career-minded student can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses to gain a competitive edge for the future, discover his or her path after high school, or explore a possible college major. These courses can provide a powerful introduction to fulfilling careers in information technology, government and public administration, marketing, finance, arts and communication, and many more.


Assessments

Checks for Understanding/Mastery


A culminating performance task (formative or summative) is designed to be completed at or near the end of a unit of instruction. The measure of this activity allows students to give evidence of their own understanding toward the mastery of a standard. Common assessments are the result of teachers collaborating and coming to consensus about what students should know, understand, and be able to do according to the standards. Common assessments measure the standards and provide teachers a means for looking at student performance. At GCA, we use daily quizzes, unit tests, and semester tests throughout the year to monitor progress toward learning goals and to guide instruction. Effective assessments check understanding and application of knowledge and skill rather than recall.

Georgia Milestones

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information abo​u​t their own achievement and their readiness for the next level of learning—be it their next grade, next course, or next endeavor (college or career).

Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system. Parents, the public, and policy makers, including local school districts and boards of education, can use the results as a barometer of the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout the state of Georgia.

As such, Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state's accountability system—the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

More information about Georgia Milestones can be found at GaDOE.Org.


What is the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)?

The CCRPI is a comprehensive school improvement, accountability, and communication platform for all educational stakeholders that promotes college and career readiness for all Georgia public school students.