Georgia Connections Academy

Public, Virtual 5-12

 2763 Meadow Church Rd Ste 208
       Duluth, GA  30097


(678) 825-3258

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District: State Charter Schools- Georgia Connections Academy

SchoolDigger Rank:
149th of 438 Georgia High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,312 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  41.6
Number of students:  4,640

Racial breakdown:

White:
46.9%
African American:
35.2%
Hispanic:
8.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  41.1%

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Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Education did not administer assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. SchoolDigger will resume updating its rankings when test scores are released in 2021.


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Compare Details Georgia Connections Academy ranks better than 55.3% of middle schools in Georgia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 52.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details Georgia Connections Academy ranks better than 66% of high schools in Georgia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 52.16. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (46.9%), African American (35.2%), Hispanic (8.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 41.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Georgia Connections Academy is 41.6. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Georgia Connections Academy is $6,312.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Georgia Connections Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Georgia Connections Academy 250th of 559 Georgia public middle schools. (See Georgia Connections Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Georgia Connections Academy 149th of 438 Georgia public high schools. (See Georgia Connections Academy in the ranking list.)

State Charter Schools- Georgia Connections Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks State Charter Schools- Georgia Connections Academy 56th of 196 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Georgia Connections Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 39.53 737th 1233 40.2%
2017 36.14 767th 1205 36.3%
2018 48.39 580th 1209 52.0%

Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Georgia Connections Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 46.02 284th 545 47.9%
2017 50.01 262nd 539 51.4%
2018 49.63 254th 543 53.2%
2019 52.10 250th 559 55.3%

Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Georgia Connections Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 46.75 166th 420 60.5%
2018 56.46 124th 428 71.0%
2019 52.16 149th 438 66.0%

Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Open Quote My son was separated, bullied beyond belief and teated cruelly at his local "school". Georgia is #48 or 49 each year for good reason. We pulled out in second grade after receiving NO SERVICES for ADHD/LD/severe anxiety. We then home schooled and paid for all of our own services through grade 6.
Enter grade 7 and pre-algebra. I was having trouble scheduling courses through our local coops and decided we needed school all in one place while using the coop just for enrichment. I liked the fact that GACA would keep all the records too.
I'll start with the CONS: I've had two kids go through public school already so I can honestly say that this is WAY more work than they ever did in grade 7….period. However, it is not busy work. GACA is very project based and as hands on as a virtual school could be. The technology can be glitchy at times….but not to a ridiculous extent. The curriculum and answer keys have a few more errors than I am used to seeing. It's still homeschool even though you are supposedly in public school, so be ready to put in some elbow grease and hard work with your student.
Now for the PROS! The teachers are great but stop thinking of them as teachers who are at your beck and call…..think of them as your help desk and you will change your attitude quickly. They are great and the live lessons are good. My son thinks they are fun:) My ADHD son is able to get his lessons done during daylight hours….this is HUGE for us!!!! No fighting at 10PM like I've seen in other families in my neighborhood. I won't lie….our first three weeks were a nightmare and we still have bad days here or there, but for the most part, It's great for myself and my son to SUCCEED in school once again. He is an A/B student so far and is very proud of himself. I feel great that I prepared him well in our homeschool. There are many in person events and field trips…..more than he'd have in public school. We still have time for our homeschool coop although we've pulled back on it a bit. The negative socialization he was experiencing in school is gone and because he finishes his work during the day, he has more time for extracurriculars at night…..rock climbing and swimming are his favorites. The teachers respond to both emails and phone calls QUICKLY despite their own heavy caseloads.
All in all, we like GACA. You get out of it what you put in. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Open Quote Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) is an AMAZING virtual charter school for our family! The teachers are caring and responsive. The curriculum is robust and frankly extraordinarily better than the private school our child attended attended previously. Before she entered GACA, our child struggled in reading, but her teacher Ms. Gilbert provided us with rich reading resources. At the beginning of the school year, our child read below grade level, but by the end of the school year she was above grade level! Our child is engaged in her education, and actually asks to stay up passed bedtime to continue her studies.

Before Connections, I was against public or charter schools. I believed that they were all inferior to a private education. GACA is the exception! The teachers are wonderful communicators, and books and materials are excellent. (The school provides art, math and science supplies for free, in addition to all of their books. All you really need is a laptop or desktop computer to get started.) They also offer countless extracurricular clubs, field trips, and social activities.

I have never experienced a school with so many multi-modal resources to personalize the learning approach for our child. The teachers seem to stop at nothing to provide more resources and tools to help the child be a success at their own pace (while meeting the requirements of a planned curriculum). Although we maintain a daily routine, our student loves the ability to have a flexible schedule. So, if our student wants to spend more time on a topic or work through a holiday or a snowstorm, she can. Then, she can go to the museum or sleep in late during the time she has available. We also like to travel, so we can take a day trip without losing any time away from school, as long as we have internet or Wi-Fi services and her tablet computer.

GACA is an example of how all educational institutions should be led. I have been 99.9% satisfied with the 2013-2014 school year! If you have the flexibility to be your child's virtual learning coach (or you have a trusted relative or friend to be one), I would STRONGLY encourage you to look into Connections. Virtual schooling is not for everyone, but it is indeed the best solution for our family. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Georgia Connections Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2012 302 226 6 29 5 1 29 0 598
2013 1122 615 30 123 1 6 103 0 2000
2014 1654 917 51 182 8 6 176 0 2994
2015 2054 1237 74 268 13 6 207 0 3859
2016 2024 1282 82 278 8 11 196 0 3881
2017 1992 1380 94 298 11 4 208 0 3987
2018 1931 1343 76 308 15 2 210 0 3885
2019 2196 1477 76 347 16 11 247 0 4370
2020 2174 1633 104 412 11 9 297 0 4640

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Georgia Connections Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 598 14.0 42.7 65.2
2013 2000 48.0 41.6 51.6
2014 2994 80.5 37.1 49.3
2015 3859 107.0 36.0 47.2
2016 3881 106.0 36.6 45.2
2017 3987 104.5 38.1 44.3
2018 3885 107.1 36.2 28.9
2019 4370 100.4 43.5 40.5
2020 4640 111.3 41.6 41.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Georgia Connections Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 598 14.0 42.7 65.2
2013 2000 48.0 41.6 51.6
2014 2994 80.5 37.1 49.3
2015 3859 107.0 36.0 47.2
2016 3881 106.0 36.6 45.2
2017 3987 104.5 38.1 44.3
2018 3885 107.1 36.2 28.9
2019 4370 100.4 43.5 40.5
2020 4640 111.3 41.6 41.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Georgia Connections Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $391 (6.2%) $5,910 (93.8%) $6,301
2018 $387 (5.7%) $6,374 (94.3%) $6,761
2019 $382 (6.1%) $5,930 (93.9%) $6,312

Data source: Georgia Department of Education




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