Graduation Achievement Charter High School was founded in 2012 to help at-risk students earn their diplomas. But after six years of poor performance, Georgia’s first virtual charter high school — and only “alternative” school within the state charter system — is shutting down. The last senior class graduates later this month.
To learn more about the future of virtual and alternative charter schools in Georgia, we spoke with Atlanta Journal-Constitution education reporter Vanessa McCray. McCray has reported on whether or not online or virtual charter schools set students up for success. She explained to us why the Graduation Achievement model ultimately failed, and where the 1,700 students without diplomas will turn to finish their educations.
Correction: A previous version of this story's headline incorrectly said Georgia's first online charter school is shutting down. Georgia's first online charter high school is shutting down.