Education

Online Summer Learning Popular With Some Atlanta Students

Students in some metro Atlanta counties have the option to take online summer courses.
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Metro Atlanta students have about one more month before they head back to school, but some are spending part of their summer taking classes.

Some school districts now offer virtual summer courses. Kids can attend class from the comfort of their home, as long as they have a computer and Internet access. The model allows teachers to focus more on individual students, said Justin Castille, director of Fulton County’s virtual learning program. 

“Students work through content, and the teacher looks at the data and sees how the student is doing and helps move them on or goes back and says, ‘No, you really didn’t get this concept. Let’s go back and do this,’” he said.

Some kids take classes to get ahead. Others are trying to catch up. About 2,400 students are enrolled in Fulton’s virtual summer program. Traditional summer school attracts 800 to 1,000 students.

Cobb and Gwinnett counties also offer online summer courses.