GCA Procedures for Awarding Homeschool and Non-Accredited School Course Credit
Georgia Cyber Academy does not automatically accept course credits earned in homeschool or through a non-accredited school. GCA has three categories of courses from non-accredited sources to determine credit:
- course with a corresponding EOC
- course that satisfies an elective credit for graduation
- and a course that satisfies an academic course requirement for graduation.
The GCA Homeschool Transcript Form must be submitted as an application for credit and should explain in detail what the course curriculum covered. The High School Placement Counselor will evaluate the GCA HomeSchool Transcript Form to compare the course description provided on the form to the Georgia course description and determine if 1) the course lines up with state standards and if course credit can be awarded, 2) further assessment is needed, or 3) whether the student needs to take the EOC or not for course credit. GCA at its sole discretion may require an exam be taken to assess the validity of a student’s mastery of the standards for a given homeschool or non-accredited school course prior to awarding transcript academic course credit.
Students transferring from a homeschool or non-accredited school are placed on a probationary period of one semester in the grade that coincides with the number of credits submitted on the GCA Homeschool Transcript (with a maximum of seven per year) or Non-accredited School transcript. If the student has not taken OR passed the appropriate corresponding assessments at the end of one semester, the student’s credit standing will be re-evaluated and they may be required to complete additional diagnostic tests to determine their exact level of proficiency and mastery of standards in any given subject and may not be awarded the respective transferring graduation credits, depending on the results of the diagnostics taken. After the student’s first semester at GCA they will either continue in the grade that they were originally placed in based on transferring transcripts or they will be moved into the grade level based on the final number of credits awarded and the results of the diagnostic assessments taken.
All homeschool and non-accredited school courses accepted for credit will be excluded from GPA calculations and the GCA transcript. The accepted homeschool and non-accredited school credits will be reflected on the transcript, but not the homeschool and non-accredited school grades as they cannot be validated to be consistent with GCA’s grading system. The Home School Transcript Form and/or Non-accredited School Transcript information will be an extension of the GCA transcript for informational purposes.