Program Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who would benefit from attending the Catoosa
- Students looking for a high quality, technology based
alternative to their current learning environment
- Students seeking flexibility in their schedule
- Previously home schooled or private school students seeking to
return to Catoosa County Schools seeking an academically rigorous,
accredited high school education.
Online learning provides an engaging and effective means to
comprehend and achieve mastery of course content and earn credits
toward graduation. It also builds computer technology and
higher order thinking skills that are critical for success in
today's digital age. But online learning is not for
everyone. It requires the ability to work independently and
the discipline to stay on track. While online learning lets
students set their own schedule, students must still progress at a
pace that enables them to meet assignment and test deadlines and
complete coursework within the semester.
2. Students who have a high
probability of success in an online learning environment generally
display the following characteristics:
- Self-motivated and exhibits characteristics of maturity
- Possess reading, writing, and communications skills at or above
- Willing to ask the teacher for help
- Exhibits organizational and time management skills
- Comfortable with the technology required by the course
- Expectations of online learning courses are realistic
- Ability to learn independently
- Strong personal commitment
As a student considering whether to take online courses, CCPS
asks that students consider each of these characteristics. If
students do meet the majority of them, it may be best for them to
take a different type of course. CCPS offers a wide variety
of course options to meet student needs. The online
environment enables students to learn at their own pace, relieving
the stress of feeling rushed and pressured. Independency
should provide enjoyment in the learning process.
3. How will students be admitted to the Online
After submitting an application to the student's home high
school, the COA staff and home high school will work together to
make a recommendation for placement. All students admitted to
the COA will have a recommendation from the student's home high
school either by an administrator or counselor. No
students are admitted to the COA without a recommendation from the
4. What is virtual education?
Virtual education refers to instruction in a learning
environment where teacher and student are separated by time or
space, or both, and the teacher provides course content through the
use of methods such as course management applications, multimedia
resources, the internet, and videoconferencing. Students receive
content and communicate with the teacher via the same
5. Is the school year the same as a traditional
The Catoosa Online Academy will follow the CCPS school
calendar. The calendar is located on the CCPS public
website. The URL for the CCPS public site is: www.catoosa.k12.ga.us
6. What if school is closed due to weather, do I
need to do my virtual education?
Inclement Weather: Inclement weather decisions
regarding school closings should not affect students participating
in the COA. In the event the Catoosa County Board of
Education Offices are closed the student should be able to access
course work from his/her computer.
7. How does attendance work in the
Attendance in online courses is performance based.
Students are expected to login daily but attendance will be
measured by successful assignment completion and submission,
participation in course activities such as quizzes, threaded
discussions, and communications with the online teacher.
Each course will have a required amount of work due per week.
8. How does the enrollment process into the
- Application for admission to the Catoosa Online Academy
must be completed, submitted and approved prior to enrollment in
- Complete Catoosa County School System enrollment packets are
available at the Central Enrollment Office located in
Ringgold. The phone number for the Enrollment Center is
706-965-8725. CCPS Online Academy applications are available
at each high school.
- All health immunizations and other health documentation must be
up to date
*Once admission documents are completed and the student is
approved to attend the COA, accepted students must meet with the
Scheduling Coordinator for enrollment. The Scheduling
Coordinator will assist students in providing guidance,
registration and development of an educational plan. The
Academic Technical Coordinator will assist students with APEX
enrollment and accounts as well as Gaggle account information.
9. What about testing?
All state mandated testing will be administered at the home zone
school during school scheduled testing sessions. The tests
include: GHSGT, End of Course Test, and the High School
Administration of state testing will be determined based on the
academic progress of the student. If the student has not
completed a minimum of 80% of the course work the student will not
be able to take the examination on its regularly scheduled
date. Students who enter 9th grade for the first
time in 2011 will have the End of Course test count 20% of their
final grade. It is important for students to maintain
progress and course completion goals which match the system end of
semester and test schedule dates.