GaVS offers courses during the regular school year as well as providing a tuition-based summer school program. Courses range from electives, world languages, fine arts and health to language arts, math, science, social studies and test preparation.
“This semester we had 20 students and for the fall semester we had 24 students,” said Waller Thursday as students registered for courses for the next school year. “We have registered 36 students for the upcoming fall and spring semester, which is the largest number we’ve ever had.”
Junior Leah Gordon said she enjoys taking GaVS courses during her own time without the distractions usually associated in a traditional classroom setting.
“I just can’t sit in a class with so many distractions. With this, I pace myself and if I don’t understand something, then I can access it online anytime of the day with no other distractions,” she said. “I have taken Latin I and Latin II, and I’m planning on taking another language in the spring semester next year, either Italian or French. I would recommend taking online classes to my peers, but only if they’re able to take on the responsibility because you have to make sure you get the work done on time.”
Registered students in the GaVS program will begin courses the first week of August after completing an online orientation. Classes will conclude one week prior to the regular school semester.
“There’s a lot more diversity in what students are studying. This gives them the opportunity to branch out and follow things they are interested in more in-depth than what they can do in a regular high school curriculum since we’re limited in what we can offer,” Waller said. “Students have to be very independent and self-motivated. It’s a wonderful prep tool for college because they have to learn how to pace themselves and look at material early enough so they can turn in assignments on time to earn a full credit for the grade.”