Virtual School Now Available Here in Goochland

We continue to be excited that Goochland County Public Schools (GCPS) is piloting an online, virtual school program for the 2014-2015 school year.  We know  a few of our homeschool parents have expressed an interest in online courses provided by GCPS recently due to rising costs from some of the current providers of online homeschool curriculum.  GCPS is utilizing an online education program, Edgenuity, to provide an appropriate education for 6th through 12th grade virtual school students.  Students can complete all core academics, foreign language, health & physical education, as well as elective courses online while at school or at home. Upon completion of diploma requirements including verified SOL credits, students can even be awarded a GCPS high school diploma.

Even as we begin the month of October, students may still be accepted into our new pilot program.  We are accepting students on a first-come, first-served basis this year only. We are starting with ten full-time and five part-time students. Those accepted into our virtual school are required to maintain grades of A’s or B’s each quarter and to report to the middle school or high school only for SOL testing as part of these courses. Students must enroll at least part-time through GMS or GHS and pass all SOL exams with a score of 500 or above to remain in the virtual school program.

GCPS staff will regularly monitor each student’s progress in Edgenuity and inform parents and appropriate staff if standards are not met each quarter.  If standards are not maintained, the child must return to a home school or public school setting.

If you and your child(ren) have an interest in the program, please contact Mr. Tom DeWeerd at 804-556-5627 for more information.

Evidence of Progress Needed!

To: Parents who are currently providing home instruction.

I hope you had a successful year of home instruction!  It is summer time, and I just wanted to remind everyone that I will need your evidence of progress by August 1, 2014.

Also, if you intend to provide home instruction to your children for the 2014-2015 school year, I need your notice of intent and other supplemental documentation by August 15, 2014.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 804-556-5622.

 

PSATS

 

On Wednesday October 16, 2013, the PSATs will be administered at Goochland High School. The test will begin at 8:20 a.m. and students will report to the front office between 8:00 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Late arrivals will be unable to test, as this is a timed test.

 

Registration begins on September 30, 2013 and will end on October 9, 2013. To register for the test please call the Guidance office at 804-556-5322 ext. 4702 or stop by the high school with your payment.

 

The cost of the test is $14. If paying with a check please make the check payable to Goochland High School. Students may bring payments to the high school (exact change or check only please) or mail it to the office. No one will be allowed to test unless payment is received in full prior to the date of testing. All reservations must be made by October 9 to allow for accommodating students in our testing schedule.

 

Please call Goochland High School if you have questions.

Home School Paper Work Due Soon!!

It is hard to believe that summer is here!  I trust you have had a successful and productive year of providing home instruction to your child.  As you conclude home instruction for this year and consider home instruction for next year, please adhere to the following deadlines:

  1. August 01, 2013:        Evidence of Student Progress for the 2012-2013 school year
  1. August 15, 2013:        Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction for the 2013-2014 school year
  1. August 15, 2013:        Program of Study for the 2013-2014 school year
  2. August 15, 2013:        Please provide me with a copy of your child’s immunization record.

Further information on home school regulations can be obtained from the Department of Education website at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Parents/index.html.  The current edition of “Home Instruction in Virginia” has been posted.

PSAT

Goochland High School will offer PSAT testing to home school students on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. The cost is $14. Students interested in taking the PSAT must contact Carla Fleming in person at GHS or by phone at 556-5322 ext. 4702 between the dates of September 24 and October 3. Registration will not be accepted after October 3.

Students must pay their $14 to Goochland High School to reserve a spot.