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Registration re-opens for online high school

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools is offering another registration period for its new online charter school, Gwinnett Online Campus.

This registration period will allow any student who missed the initial March deadline an opportunity to enroll for the fall, according to a news release. The charter school will serve high school students on a full-time basis beginning in August.

The new enrollment period begins Monday and runs through July 14. To register, students and their parents must visit the Gwinnett Online Campus at 2595 Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

In its inaugural year as a full-time school, Gwinnett Online Campus can serve 300 students in grades 9 to 12. Students who have successfully completed grades 8 to 11 are eligible to enroll.

Online Campus students do not have to be currently enrolled in a Gwinnett County school, but must be a resident of the school district's attendance zone, the news release states.

The Online Campus will offer the same courses and curriculum found at traditional high schools. They will have homework, must meet deadlines, will be required to participate in class discussions and will be assessed much like their peers at other high schools. The difference is that these activities will take place over the Internet, and students may complete coursework during the time of day that best fits their schedules.

Students will take three online classes each mini-semester, earning six credits during the year. The mini-semesters begin in August, October, January and March. Tuition for those classes will be free.

Students will also have the opportunity to take an additional class each mini-semester for a fee, allowing them to accrue credits to graduate early.

For more information about the school, visit www.gwinnettonlinecampus.com.