Georgia Virtual School courses are available to home school students. An allotment of state funded seats is available fall and spring semester on a first-come first serve basis. After the allotment has been reached, students are required to pay tuition and fees for all GaVS courses. Students register for semesters individually, so make certain all semesters in which enrollment is desired have separate applications.
In addition, you may want to visit the Georgia Department of Education's home school information page.
No. Georgia Virtual School is a program of the Georgia Department of Education. Georgia Virtual School serves public, private and home school students.
Home school students: An allotment of state funded seats is available fall and spring semester on a first-come first serve basis. After the allotment has been reached, students are required to pay tuition and fees for all GaVS courses
High school A or B course: $250 tuition
High school AB course: $500 tuition
Middle School course: $250 tuition
Out of state fee: $150 per course
Beginning with the summer 2014 semester, home school students are no longer required to take the EOC assessment. Home school students enrolled in courses where EOC is required will take the final exam.
Students are expected to login and participate in the online course on a daily basis Monday through Friday.
Fall/Spring semester: Time will vary by course, but students should plan to spend 5-8 hours per week for a half unit course (A or B) and 7-10 hours per week on a full unit (AB) course. The shorter the time a student is enrolled in a course, the greater the time commitment each week.
Summer semester: Time will vary by course, but students should plan to spend 15-25 hours per week for a half unit course (A or B) and 30-40 hours per week on a full unit (AB) course.
Please note that students may not be logged in to the course the entire time, but need to plan on the work taking that much time. Students may be able to complete some of the work offline but will need access to a computer and the internet daily Monday through Friday.
Students may access their final grade reports by logging in to the account and clicking on the link "Viewing my Grades" one week after classes end each semester. Sealed documentation may be requested from the "Request for Official Grade Records" from the Schools Quick Links page.
Parents of home school students are responsible for choosing the courses that best meet the needs of their children. To learn more about Georgia's high school graduation requirements, please visit http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/AskDOE/Pages/Graduation-Requirements.aspx
To view the requirements visit the GA Department of Education at: https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Pages/Home-Schools.aspx
Georgia Virtual offers state standards-based high school college preparatory courses and Advanced Placement courses. Middle school math, science, social studies and language arts are offered each semester as well.
Home school students are not restricted with regard to the number of courses they may take each semester.
Yes. Pursuant the Dexter Mosley Act (Senate Bill 42), home study students in grades 6-12 may participate in extracurricular and interscholastic activities in the student's resident public school system, with the requirement of certain notification and course enrollment provisions. The law is codified in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-319.6.
At the start of the course, students receive a course schedule that includes assignments and due dates. Students are expected to login to their courses once a day during the week. Students may choose when they wish to work to complete their assignments. Some courses may periodically offer live, interactive chats. In these instances, teachers will give advance notice as to the topic and scheduled time.
A student with a GAVS account can check his/her status by logging in to his/her account and clicking on the link, “Viewing my current enrollments.” Application status can by clicking the link “Viewing my application history.”
Some courses are worth one-half (.5) of a Carnegie unit and others are worth one (1.0) Carnegie unit. In the GAVS course catalog, a course worth one-half (.5) of a Carnegie unit will have an “A”, a “B”, or nothing next to it. For example, Algebra I A or Economics are each worth one-half unit. A course worth one (1.0) Carnegie unit will have an AB next to it in the course catalog. For example, Spanish I AB or World History AB are each worth one Carnegie unit.
A standard of measurement used for secondary education that represents the completion of a course that meets one period per day for 1 year. One unit is equal to a conventional 50-minute class taken five times per week throughout the school year. A one-semester course is worth one-half of a Carnegie unit.
No. Financial aid is not available nor does Georgia Virtual School offer payment plans. Georgia Virtual School accepts tuition payments via credit card.
Students who have not yet entered 9th grade are welcome to participate in GAVS college preparatory (high school level) courses if the home school parent has determined that the student is academically prepared to meet the challenges of the curriculum. Please be advised that in the event your child returns to public school, his/her grade may or may not be accepted and recorded on his/her transcript as local school systems determine which courses they will award high school credit for in the instance of a student completing a high school level course prior to entering the 9th grade.
No. Georgia Virtual School is a program of the Georgia Dept. of Education and as such does not grant credit or award diplomas. GAVS does provide official documentation of the final grade earned for each completed course. Many home school students do not receive traditional diplomas but rather complete course work to meet the requirements of the college they plan to attend. Contact each college admissions office to determine what is needed to meet their entrance requirements. Visit the College Board website at: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/find-colleges to locate contact information for colleges of interest.
You will create a parent account which will allow you to view your child's current grades and progress.
Materials and Tech Requirements
Official Grade Request
Student Registration Process (pdf)
Notification of Rights
How to Register as a Home School Student
Step 1 - Click on the LOG IN TO GAVS link in the main menu at the top and create an account. You will be assigned a username at the end of the registration process.
Step 2 - Log in to GAVS and apply for the course(s) you wish to take.
Step 3 - Your application(s) will be reviewed and approved. If additional information or documentation is needed, your GaVS facilitator will contact you via email.
Step 4 - Log in to your account to make payment for your courses.
If you have any questions, please click here and complete the online form. You will receive a response within one school day.