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Cobb Virtual Academy

The Cobb County School District (CCSD) is a leader in K12 for preparing our students for the 21st Century.  Cobb Virtual Academy offers high quality, Internet-delivered high school courses that equip CCSD students to thrive in the complex life and work environment of the 21st Century.  Since Summer 2001, CVA has served over 13000 students. During the 2013-2014 school year, CVA served almost 3000 students.

Traditionally, Cobb Virtual Academy has offered tuition courses to students who wish to take a class in addition to their regular school day schedule. In accordance with the Georgia Virtual School legislation signed by the Governor in May 2005, Cobb Virtual Academy offers online courses to students as part of the regular school day. In July 2012, Senate Bill 289 was enacted guaranteeing students the opportunity to take online courses.  

A virtual school can be defined as a location where students can complete their coursework online, while the student and teacher work together from a distance.  In a virtual environment, students work at their own pace (within broad deadlines) and complete a combination of assignments; tests; quizzes; projects; and assessments that permit a teacher to follow the educational progress of the student.   Cobb Virtual Academy offers the hallmarks of truly effective traditional education programs – quality teachers, quality curriculum, and frequent student-teacher interaction. All courses are taught by CCSD teachers and meet national, state and Cobb County School District curriculum standards.

By participating in Cobb Virtual Academy,  students are part of a growing national trend in K-16 education.  K-12 online learning is growing at 30% annually and with an estimated 1,000,000 enrollments in K-12 online courses in the United States in 2008, according to the North American Council for Online Learning, a cyber school advocacy group.   With more than a million American K-12 students enrolled in some form of online learning, Clayton Christensen from Harvard Business School projects that 50 percent of all high school courses in America will be offered online by 2019.  Schools are using online learning and virtual schools in innovative ways to provide rigorous courses, effective teachers and more engaging curriculum and personalized instruction to students. At the same time, students are learning critical 21st century technology skills. From enhancing academic continuity plans during school closures to providing college dual-enrollment courses online within high schools, online learning is helping to keep students on track for graduating on-time and becoming ready for higher education, corporate or military experiences.

Why is online learning catching on so quickly? Thirty-four percent of high schools in the United States do not offer Advanced Placement courses. Now, students can pursue these online. Every child learns differently, and online learning provides individualized instruction at a student's own pace. Students who are being bullied or tired of distractions in the classroom find that taking courses online allows them to focus academically and achieve more. Students missing required graduation credits because of scheduling conflicts or past failures can catch up by taking online courses and graduate on time. Online learning also can be an answer for students pursuing elite sports, artistic careers, or those who are homebound due to illness.

But beyond meeting the immediate unique needs of specific students, online education may be essential for our nation's long-term success in this globally competitive world. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has identified key skills such as technology literacy, self-directed learning, and problem-solving that are explicitly addressed through online learning. Meanwhile, nations such as China, Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Turkey and New Zealand have leapfrogged ahead of the United States to embrace online learning as an essential part of expanding access to their education systems.

In addition to rigorous course content that meets state and district performance standards, Cobb Virtual Academy's online learning environment fosters creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, as well as mastery of information, media, and technology skills--all of which are "essential for preparing students for the future. 

Students entering a virtual school environment need some basic characteristics to be successful in the online environment.  The first is to be autonomous with the ability to self-regulate the learning environment.  Students need to be responsible because they must learn independently while setting their own schedules.  The most successful online students are computer literate, self disciplined and motivated.  These life and career skills, such as flexibility, accountability, innovation, self-direction, and responsibility are skills that many U.S. employers say are increasingly hard to find among prospective employees.

Please explore our website to learn more about Cobb Virtual Academy and Virtual Learning programs for Cobb students.


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