Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) courses are similar to traditional courses in the following ways:  there are lessons, homework, due dates, class discussions, tests, scheduled online CLASS time (live class time), and teachers available to students throughout the duration of the course.  The difference is that these activities occur over the internet and students may complete course work during the time of day that best fits their schedules, except for scheduled CLASS sessions and face -to-face requirements.  Students are required to log in to class daily and will need a computer and reliable internet access in order to complete their online course work.

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Gwinnett Online Campus follows the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school.

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At the beginning of the semester, all students will be expected to attend an orientation to discuss the unique learning experience at Gwinnett Online Campus.  During this orientation, students will be taught various online tools such as; how to navigate Desire2Learn (D2L), our learning management system, how to communicate with teachers, and how to use Adobe Connect to attend CLASS. Parents will also attend several important meetings during these days that will explain promotion requirements, district and state testing requirements, and how to support their student with online learning.

During the school year, students in grades 4 – 10 will be encouraged to attend face-to-face class sessions weekly.  All students will also attend testing on-campus throughout the year.

All high school science courses and the Personal Fitness (PE) course require mandatory face-to-face meetings.  The teachers will provide specific dates and times to the students once classes begin.  This information can also be viewed on the school’s website.  In addition, some courses require material pickup at the beginning of the term.  Finally, all District Developed Assessments (DDAs), final exams, Georgia End of Course exams (EOCs), and state and local standardized tests are administered in person at the Gwinnett Online Campus facility.

Each online high school course will also have scheduled online CLASS time each week that students are expected to attend.  CLASS schedules will be available the first day of class and are conducted using our online classroom – Adobe Connect.

All final exam, accountability testing and retest opportunities are face to face at Gwinnett Online Campus.

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All special education students in Gwinnett County Public Schools are provided a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.  All placement decisions are made based on individual student need by the student’s IEP team.  The district will be responsible for assuring that appropriate services are provided to all students with an IEP.

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All face-to-face course requirements will be held at the Gwinnett Online Campus facility. Transportation is not provided.

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GOC has the capacity to serve as many as 1000 students. Specific grade levels are limited each year due to staffing.

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Gwinnett Online Campus will be expected to meet all indicators of achievement as well as district and state performance expectations that are outlined for any GCPS School.

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Placement of students in grades 4 – 8 will be made based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, curriculum evaluation, student age, assessment performance, etc.  High school students will be required to achieve a 70% or higher on tests that determine the student’s mastery of past courses he or she has taken.  In addition, prior to grade promotion or graduation, all students who transfer to Gwinnett Online Campus will be required to meet all elementary, middle, and/or high school promotion and graduation requirements, including earning passing scores on all required district and state assessments.

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It is important to determine if a student is well-suited for an online learning environment.  The following are characteristics of good online learners:

  • They organize their work and time effectively.
  • They have a study area available that provides reliable internet access.
  • They have a parent/guardian who supports them as they learn and who is an active participant in the online learning environment.
  • They are self-directed, completing assignments in a more flexible setting with less direct supervision.
  • They have a high comfort level with computers and are able to work with a number of programs effectively.
  • They use email, an internet browser, and a wide range of software.
  • They are inquisitive and ask many questions of themselves and others and know how to find the answers.
  • They are comfortable as an independent learner.
  • They are able to stay on task.
  • They are proficient in asking for help when it is needed and communicate with their teachers in an online environment, through email, text, and phone calls.

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Yes.  Full-time GOC students are expected to meet the same graduation/promotion requirements as all Gwinnett County Public School students.

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Gwinnett Online Campus is committed to helping its students succeed academically. If, however, a student decides to transfer back to his or her previous school, it is recommended that the transfer take place at the end of a semester.

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There are numerous Rich Experiences and on-campus events scheduled for online students. Clubs and activities are based on student interest and available sponsors.  Full-time GOC students may not participate in extracurricular activities at their zoned GCPS School.

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Teachers at Gwinnett Online Campus implement a number of strategies to help students succeed in the virtual learning environment. They are also fully trained in the Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality Plus Teaching Strategies and participate in regular professional development to continue delivering high quality instruction. Face-to-face meetings also give students and teachers the chance to interact and build strong student/teacher relationships.  In addition, all teachers are available by phone and email on a daily basis (Monday – Friday).  Teachers also provide timely grade updates and direct feedback to students and parents through the course gradebook, the course tools, and the Gwinnett County Public Schools Parent Portal.

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Conferences may be scheduled using conference calls, virtual classroom software, or in person at the Gwinnett Online Campus offices.

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Please visit gwinnettonlinecampus.com and chattergoc.com for the latest information.

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Students are given a course schedule to follow and due dates that must be met.  However, students may certainly work ahead in their courses.  Student success is performance-based and is measured by whether or not a student is current in his or her courses and is showing mastery of the course content.

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Online learning is production oriented.  If a student misses due dates, he/she will not do well in his or her course(s).  If a student misses due dates and is considered truant, he/she may be withdrawn from the online school per Gwinnett County Public Schools’ policy.

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Yes, Gwinnett Online Campus has a counselor on staff who will serve as the students’ academic advisor. Gwinnett Online Campus is dedicated to helping each of our students to be successful.

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All schools in the district, including Gwinnett Online Campus, are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

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Gwinnett Online Campus is not a home school program or independent study

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Placement of students in grades 4 – 8 will be made based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, curriculum evaluation, student age, assessment performance, etc.  High school students will be required to achieve a 70% or higher on tests that determine the student’s mastery of past courses he or she has taken.  In addition, prior to grade promotion or graduation, all students who transfer to Gwinnett Online Campus will be required to meet all elementary, middle, and/or high school promotion and graduation requirements, including earning passing scores on all required district and state assessments.

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A student cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at two Gwinnett County high schools. However, Gwinnett Online Campus students can be concurrently enrolled in Maxwell High School of Technology or the technical education program at Grayson High as part of the student’s coursework toward a diploma. A student would be expected to attend one of the two locations for half a day and take the remainder of his or her coursework online.

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Students may take an extra course during each semester, mini-semester, or summer session on a tuition basis. It is recommended that students work closely with their counselor before signing up to take additional courses.  Once a student finishes all graduation requirements, he or she may explore post-secondary learning options.

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Yes. Gwinnett Online Campus offers classes at the college preparatory, honors, gifted and Advanced Placement levels. Click the link for a complete course list. Course Offerings

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Gwinnett Online Campus will operate on a semester system. Semesters will be eighteen weeks long, and will start in August, and January. Students will take six classes every semester.

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Yes.  Full-time students who successfully complete all Gwinnett County Public Schools and state of Georgia graduation requirements will earn a diploma from Gwinnett Online Campus.  A formal graduation ceremony is held the week after courses end in December and May.

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Yes, the diploma from Gwinnett Online Campus will be accepted just as the diploma of any other Gwinnett County public high school is accepted. All schools in the district—including Gwinnett Online Campus– are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

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All existing Gwinnett Online Campus services will remain in place.  Students from other Gwinnett County Public Schools may continue to take online courses as a part of their school day, outside their school day on a tuition basis, and in online summer school.

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Gwinnett Online Campus offers many career and technical education, foreign language, and other academic electives.  Please see gwinnettonlinecampus.com for a complete listing of courses offered to full-time students. In addition, Gwinnett Online Campus students will have the opportunity to participate in Maxwell High School of Technology and the Grayson High School Technical Education Program.

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It is likely that full-time students, concurrently enrolled FTE students, and tuition students could all be in the same class.

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Homebound students who take online courses typically remain enrolled at their home school, but take online courses as a concurrently enrolled FTE student.  Each homebound situation is unique and is handled independently.

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Students may take advantage of the opportunity to take additional classes on a tuition basis each semester or mini-semester and in summer school. It is possible for students to graduate early if they have met all graduation requirements prior to their scheduled graduation date.

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Gwinnett Online Campus offers the opportunity for students to take courses at local area colleges. This program, Move On When Ready, is a dual enrollment program for students to attend a post-secondary institution full-time during their junior and/or senior year of high school and receive high school credit and college credit simultaneously while attending college classes on the college campus.

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