Gordon County Schools will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow, Monday, March 29. Realizing some roads in the county remain closed from flooding, buses will be rerouted to accommodate students in those areas. Any student whose bus route will be altered will receive notification of those changes.
Gordon County Schools (GCS) is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 high school virtual learning academy. Gateway Virtual Learning Academy is a program designed for high school students who desire a non-traditional route to a high school diploma. The program will have both an in-person and online component with flexible scheduling options. Once enrolled, students must commit to a full year in the program.
Gateway Academy Overview and Admission Requirements
• Gordon County Schools students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for admission into the Gateway Academy.
• Acceptance into the Gateway Academy will be based upon space availability and students’ previous academic performance. Academic performance for students currently enrolled in a GCS high school will require a minimum of a 2.5 high school GPA and a passing grade in at least 3 of 4 high school classes during the previous semester. Rising freshmen will be eligible to apply based upon a passing grade in at least 3 of 4 middle school core classes.
• Students not currently enrolled in GCS, but living in Gordon County, will be allowed to apply for admission to the Gateway program by enrolling in a Gordon County high school. These students must meet minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Gateway program.
• Students will be required to attend in-person sessions during the first two weeks of the semester and then earn the ability to work virtually if the student is maintaining adequate academic progress.
• Students and their families will be responsible for transportation to and from the Gateway facility whenever in-person meetings are required. Transportation will not be provided to and from the facility.
• Gateway Academy teachers will be available during scheduled office hours should students require supplemental instruction and/or tutoring.
• Students will have 24/7 access to the Learning Management Systems and course content beyond Gateway Academy’s hours of operation.
• Students will be required to report to the Gateway Academy facility based upon their pace and academic progress in accordance with the requirements of their program delivery model.
• Students will be encouraged to progress through the coursework at their own pace but must meet minimum pacing standards as listed in the pacing guides.
• All students taking classes through Gateway will be required to take and pass any state or district-mandated assessments.
• Students will be permitted, and are encouraged, to interact in extracurricular activities at their respective schools of enrollment. However, students must meet eligibility requirements set forth by GHSA or other governing bodies in order to participate in a particular activity.
Students must submit an application to be considered for the program. Acceptance is not guaranteed, as spots are limited, and all applications will be evaluated for approval based upon a variety of factors, including attendance history, student motivation criteria, and current academic progress.
Initial applications are being accepted through April 26. Students who are accepted to the program will be notified by mail no later than May 14, 2021. Once accepted, students and their guardians will receive an orientation packet, including more information on the program logistics and a contract outlining the student's responsibility for successfully completing the program.
To complete an application, visit https://forms.office.com/r/5utznD6vx9
ATTENTION GUARDIANS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO COMPLETE THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SURVEY:
UPDATED- MEALS AVAILABLE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2021!
On Monday evening during the December meeting of the Board of Education, the 2021-2022 school calendar was approved. The calendar was created utilizing feedback from the calendar survey that was completed by staff, families, and other stakeholders earlier this fall. The approved calendar can be accessed on the district website at https://www.gcbe.org/schoolcalendar.
HB 91; ELIGIBILITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
An individual (hereinafter referred to as “Student”) no longer enrolled in a Georgia public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma in this state or was denied graduation solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests or its predecessor or the Georgia High School Writing Test or its predecessor may petition the local board of education in which he or she was last enrolled to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1 based on the graduation requirements in effect when the student first entered ninth grade. Complete the application to petition Gordon County Schools to determine eligibility for a student under this guidance. For more information contact Mike Evelti, Student Services Director.