about Barrow Online Campus
The Barrow County School System is pleased to announce the opening of a full-time online campus in August 2021. Many students experienced great success with learning online through the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are excited to provide this permanent choice for students and families in our district.
Students enrolling at the Barrow Online Campus (BOC) will have a more flexible experience that blends synchronous and asynchronous online learning. All courses will be facilitated by Barrow County School System teachers.
In order to be successful, students must be highly motivated and able to manage their time effectively. Additionally, parental support is critical. An approval committee consisting of BOC staff and the student’s current school administrators will determine if this is an appropriate setting for each student who applies.
BOC will offer many of the same courses as other BCSS middle and high schools but in an online format. Our initial efforts will focus on offering courses that satisfy state curriculum and graduation requirements. Over time, we anticipate developing additional course offerings to provide a more well-rounded learning experience for BOC students.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BOC is a program in the Barrow County School System that will support full-time online learners in grades 7-12. Instruction will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.
The learning experience at BOC is similar to a brick-and-mortar high school in that there are lessons, assignments, due dates, tests, and class meetings. Additionally, students have incredibly supportive teachers to guide them through the learning process. The learning experience is different in that most learning takes place digitally. This means that students can complete their learning activities and assignments when it best fits their schedule. Students do need to login to their online classroom on a daily basis and participate in live, synchronous class sessions as required by their teacher.
While this is a personal decision for your family, we believe that most students can learn successfully in an online setting if they are motivated and have the support of their families. If you have specific questions about whether BOC offers the level of support needed by your child, please contact the BOC liaison for your high school.
If you would like to learn more about online learning opportunities at BOC, please email Kelley Scredon.
Parents should complete the Barrow Online Campus Application in order to be considered for enrollment. The submission deadline was April 28, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
To apply for admissions, students must meet enrollment criteria including:
- Be a rising 7th-12th grade student
- Reside in Barrow County
- At or above grade-level performance in reading and math
- Good standing in attendance and behavior
- Passed all academic courses in the previous school year
Students who are accepted and enroll in with BOC will commit to staying for a full year. At the end of the year, they may opt to return to the school for which they are zoned.
Students will be assigned specific times for each of their academic and connections courses. BOC teachers will be available during these times to support them in whole-class, small group, and individual settings. Middle school students will take four year-long academic and two connections classes. High school students will take four courses in the fall and another set of four in the spring. Students will also meet for advisement. All classes, including advisement, will meet daily.
No, plenty of breaks will be offered throughout the day for rest and/or movement. Additionally, synchronous learning activities will only make up a portion of a student’s learning experience. Many asynchronous activities, such as working on projects or assignments, will take place as well.
BOC is a full-time virtual learning option for BCSS students whereas GAVS is primarily used for one or two elective courses for in-person learners. Additionally, BOC classes will meet daily to provide maximum support to students.
Students will be marked present by attending the required synchronous learning activities each day. Students are expected to participate in online learning Monday through Friday of each week, excluding school system holidays. Much like day schools, students risk being withdrawn after 10 consecutive absences.
BOC will first focus on providing courses that meet state curriculum and graduation requirements. A limited selection of additional courses in career and technical education, fine arts, physical education, and world languages will be offered to provide an enriching experience for BOC students.
Yes, we anticipate offering some Advanced Placement and Honors courses. Our catalog is still in development and will be shared at a later date.
While band and chorus are not able to be offered online, some other fine arts courses will be. Stay tuned for final course offerings.
Students will be assigned an advisor based on their grade level. There will be designated days for advisements to meet to discuss goals, progress, and social and emotional learning.
In some cases, students may be required to visit campus for tests or major projects. All students must report to campus for standardized assessments such as Georgia Milestones and MAP.
BOC is a program, not a school. Students will graduate from their official high school of enrollment.
Yes, students who receive specially designed instruction will be provided services as stated in their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Speech, special education, and related services will be provided to the greatest extent possible in the online environment. Students who have 504 plans will receive the accommodations as defined in their 504 plans. Students who receive English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services have an plan that identifies their level of services and supports.
Additionally, upon application IEP, 504, and/or ESOL committees will meet to ensure that enrollment at BOC is appropriate based on their learning needs and prior performance.
The student-to-teacher ratio at BOC will be 30:1.
Students that enroll in the Barrow Online Campus will be responsible for providing their own device and securing reliable access to the internet.
BOC students may pick up breakfast and/or lunch from the Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy Student Center.
All BOC teachers will work from the BCAEP campus..
All students will be required to follow the BCSS Code of Conduct. Additionally, specific expectations for online learning and communication will be communicated to all BOC students. Students who violate the BCSS Code of Conduct or the BOC Online Learning and Communication Expectations will be subject to disciplinary action, including removal from attending BOC.
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