By 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, Owen, Payton, Melinda Kaye and Nathan Mercer of Port Wentworth have already completed a variety of school subjects — all without ever having to leave their family property.
The four children are all students at the Georgia Cyber Academy, a K12 Inc. powered online public charter school, and are earning school credit through their own unique classrooms.
“I really like that we get to have smaller days,” Nathan Mercer said.” We can take of some school work on one day or work ahead. And so we get done with school a lot faster.”
GCA is the state’s first virtual charter school and has about 14,500 enrolled students. The Georgia Cyber Academy uses online curriculum and services provided by K12. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found, according to school officials. All students interact with one or more state-certified teachers and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone and online meetings. Students spend about four to six hours a day engaged in schoolwork.