MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills.
FACT: In addition to interacting online in classes and clubs, students at Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) have the opportunity to interact in person in many clubs, and academic and social outings. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, skate parks, zoos, clubs, student government, dances, and even graduation ceremonies.
MYTH: You'll spend all day staring at a computer.
FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 15–30 percent of the K–5 lessons are taught online, with this percentage increasing for middle and high school students, who work at a collective pace with an online class in conjunction with the teacher. The rest of the K12 curriculum relies on printed and/or hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paints, rocks, and microscopes, depending on the course and grade.
MYTH: Attending Georgia Cyber Academy is a part-time job.
FACT: Students will need to spend about four to six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on grade level.
MYTH: Online schools don't meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.
FACT: GCA is a public school that happens to operate outside of a traditional classroom. As public school students, children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of Georgia. GCA students also have district-approved graduation requirements aligned to meet state university admission standards. The K12 curriculum was developed by experienced educators and offers students a quality education.