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What is Oakwood Digital Academy?

Oakwood Digital Academy is an alternative program that is available to Cobb County high school students.  Students may apply to attend Oakwood instead of their designated Cobb County high school if they are in need of a different path to obtain enough credits to earn a high school diploma.  If accepted into our program, students are enrolled in either our four-hour morning session or our four-hour afternoon session, each of which meet Monday through Friday.  Up to 150 students are enrolled in our program at any given time.  Most of our students have chosen to attend our program due to various reasons such as a need to improve their academic performance, having work or family commitments that conflict with the hours of their high school, social reasons, transferring from a school out of state and needing additional credits in order to graduate, or due to other reasons. 

Our instructional format differs from that of a typical high school.  Student coursework is primarily completed through various online platforms with teachers available to answer student questions and assist them with their online assignments.  Students are able to work at their own pace and, in many cases, accelerate their learning.  Students work in a small classroom setting and receive one-on-one attention.  Although most coursework is completed online, students are also expected to complete offline assignments and participate in small group instruction.  All of our teachers are Georgia certificated and hold degrees in their respective fields. 

Prior to graduation, students are required to complete a resume, cover letter, complete both a college and a job application, complete at least four hours of community service, and create and present a presentation regarding their plans after they finish Oakwood. 

Our students are assigned to one of the following four-hour sessions:

Session 1          7:30 - 11:30

Session 2        12:30 -  4:30


Who can apply to Oakwood?

To enroll at Oakwood, a student:

  • Must be a Cobb County resident.

  • Must be eligible to attend school in the Cobb County School District.

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Must have previously earned a minimum of 8 credits.

  • Must have reliable transportation to and from Oakwood each day.


What are some other facts about the application process?

  • Admission will be granted to students who are closest to meeting graduation requirements with priority placement going to juniors and seniors.

  • Applications remain on file for one semester from the date of submission.

  • Students will be notified when space is available.

  • After initial interview, a student’s file will be reviewed by the admissions committee and applicant will be notified of his/her acceptance status.  A student is not guaranteed admission merely because he or she submits an application or has an interview.


 Is there an attendance policy?

Yes. Attendance is very important at Oakwood and is strictly enforced. Students will be withdrawn after ten consecutive unexcused absences OR twelve total unexcused absences within a semester.


 Do students earn a high school diploma at Oakwood?

Upon completion of ALL graduation requirements (coursework and testing proficiency), students receive a diploma from their CCSD home school.

Students who have completed ALL graduation requirements (coursework and testing proficiency) are provided the opportunity to participate in their home school commencement ceremonies.


 Can ESOL students or students with IEP's enroll at Oakwood?

Oakwood Digital Academy is open to all Cobb County School District students who meet the enrollment criteria.  However, prospective students should keep in mind that this is a unique instructional environment built on a foundation of individualized digital learning.  As such, students spend a majority of their time reading from a computer screen, so the ability to read and comprehend is essential for success.

  • Students who are receiving services through ESOL should consult with their ESOL teacher at the home school to determine if Oakwood Digital is an appropriate academic setting. An ESOL teacher is at Oakwood on a consultant basis several times during the week. Please contact Jennifer Pritt in the district ESOL office at Jennifer.Pritt@cobbk12.org if you have questions regarding placement and ESOL services available at Oakwood.
  • Students who are receiving special education services should contact their case manager prior to making a decision to transfer to Oakwood.  In order for students with IEP's to enroll at Oakwood, there must first be an IEP committee meeting held at the home school in which the committee agrees with the change in academic setting and the student's IEP must be amended to reflect this change.


How can I enroll at Oakwood?

Click here to download the application for admission.  You will be contacted to set up an appointment when an opening occurs. 

The number of classes you are allowed to enroll in will be based on your time of entry.  View the Enrollment Credit Chart.

For more information, please contact Oakwood High School at 678-594-8240.