***Please Note - Qualifications of the 6-8 ALP Program – Qualifications for the Advanced Learner Program are subject to change from year to year.
More information about the ALP program can be found in the Adavanced Learner Students Section.
Characteristics of the Advanced MS Learner
- Demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies)
- Exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation
- Excels in specific academic fields
- Thinks and expresses abstract ideas effectively
- Answers questions with a depth beyond his/her peer
- Uses all resources available to research and find answers
Qualifying learners must:
- Demonstrated mastery in the subject area of Reading/ELA.
- Developed a keen interest in the communicative arts or mathematics
- Experienced success with handling academic rigor associated with advanced level coursework.
- Have demonstrated a desire to move at an accelerated pace.
Elements of the MS ALP program
Because the middle school is organized in teams, learners who qualify for the ALP program will be placed on the appropriate grade level ALP team with gifted certified teachers. While the learners will take the same ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies courses as their general education peers, ALP courses and class connects are differentiated through deeper content coverage, enrichment, and/or acceleration depending on the content mastery of the learners. In addition, we offer the following:
- Weekly online enrichment sessions or enrichment choices within whole group classes
- Additional opportunities both online and in person, such as field trips.
- Additional elective choices- Art is offered to all learners, but ALP learners can also take a World Language (Spanish, German, Latin, Chinese, or French). The foreign language courses are offered through Power Speak Software and are self-directed courses are not teacher supported.
- K12 Book Clubs and Learning Circles
- GCA Middle School Clubs
- Beta Club- invitations will go out at the end of the year to those that qualify
- Duke TIP Program-invitations will go out at the beginning of the year based on EOG score results
- Above Grade Level placement and Accelerated Math
MS Asynchronous Option
GCA ALP Program Handbook 11 Another advanced option for learners at Georgia Cyber Academy is the Asynchronous Learning Track. This option allows learners to work independently in an enhanced curriculum. Unlike a Synchronous Learning Track, learners receive their instruction directly from the online platform and activities. There is an assigned teacher to support them in the form of weekly check-ins, conferences and tutoring (which are required when invited), but there are not organized whole group classes. In order to be eligible for the Asynchronous Learning Track, learners will meet the following criteria per content:
- Score a 3 or 4 on the content specific EOG test.
- Finish the previous school year with a course average of 90+ in the content area.
- Demonstrate grade level performance on the MAP test in the content (SS will not be considered for this criteria)
- 7 th and 8th science would qualify on the math scores and social studies would qualify on the ELA scores because there are not EOGs for these subjects at that grade level.
In order to remain in this track, learners must meet the following requirements throughout the year:
- Meet assignment deadlines
- Continue with a 90+ in the content area.
- Continue with an 80+ in the non-asynchronous courses.
At regular intervals throughout the semester, grades will be evaluated, and a probation letter will be sent to learners who no longer meet the criteria of 90+ or above in the asynchronous content. If learner does not again meet the criteria within a 3-week period, learner can be removed from the asynchronous course back to the synchronous course. Learner will not be reinstated to the asynchronous course until the next school year.
MS ALP Electives
On the first day of school, the ALP Coordinator will send out an invitation to sign up for the high school courses. Learners will have until the Thursday of the first week of school to sign up. Placement will come on a first come, first serve basis. If the course fills up, a waiting list will be created. Learners will start the AGL course the second week of school. Learners will have the option to accept the Carnegie Credit at the end of the course. Learners will have until the 4th week of school to drop the course. After the drop date, learners will not be able to drop the course. Learners choosing to drop the course must submit their request in writing to the ALP Coordinator via https://tinyurl.com/ALPScheduleChangeRequest no later than 4 pm on the 4th Friday of the school year.
Courses offered for MS AGL students are as follows:
- Spanish I
- Algebra I / Geometry