- What exactly is the Greater Ohio Virtual School (GOVS)?
It is a fully accredited community school, organized under the laws of Ohio. It performs the same duties and functions of any other public school as prescribed by law.
- Who can enroll, and when?
The school is open to any student attending grades 9-12, and living within the borders of the State of Ohio.
- Do I need permission from my local district school to enroll in the new virtual school as a full-time student?
No. All you need is to submit an application to GOVS. A staff member will contact you to schedule your orientation. Please do not withdraw from your school of residence until we contact you to schedule orientation.
- How much does it cost to attend the new virtual school?
The school is a tuition free public school.
- Can I take some courses in virtual learning even if I attend school in my local district?
If your school allows such an arrangement, the Greater Ohio Virtual School will work with your district school to accommodate this. Fees will apply in this situation.
- Does the school give diplomas?
Yes. The diploma awarded certifies that the student receiving it has completed all of the state and local requirements for graduation from the high school.
- Where do your online courses come from?
The more than 60 online courses that are offered by GOVS are offered through one of the leading vendors of online curriculums, The Learning Springs (www.the learningsprings.com). Their curriculum, Aurora Learning, is the same program that the county has used for the past several years. Other courses and curricula are constantly being evaluated, and will be added to our offering to meet the needs of our students.
- Can I transfer my credits from the Greater Ohio Virtual School to another school if we move or I decide I want to return to my district school?
Yes. Your credits are Carnegie Unit credits and are transferable to any other school, if for any reason you feel you need to withdraw. The receiving school must accept those credits, too.
- Do you offer summer classes as part of your program?
Yes. Summer school courses will be offered as a way of making up credits, or taking credits in advance to get ahead. If you are enrolled at another school, make sure your school will accept any credits you earn through a summer program before you enroll. Your counselor can tell you this. Also, summer credits are not tuition free and fees apply.
- If I become a student, can I work at my own pace and even finish earlier if I want?
Yes. Because the school is an Internet based school and curriculum, it is open 24-7. Students are required to make certain levels of progress, but are also encouraged to "get ahead of the game" and complete more than the minimum. Our counselors must approve extra coursework, to ensure that quality performance is maintained.
- Do Career Centers and Vocational School accept GOVS credits for enrollment into their school?
Yes. You may take all preliminary work required to be accepted to a Career Center at the Greater Ohio Virtual School.
- How do I complete Physical Education in a virtual setting?
Students complete the physical education requirement by taking an online course which guides physical education routines.
- Will your school be responsible for administering the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) for its students?
As an accredited high school, the school complies with all requirements for state testing standards, which will be administered and completed at a designated site.
- Are real teachers used to teach and guide students as they work on online courses?
Teachers are employees of the community school, and are certified in each of the subjects that they teach.
- Does a student who enrolls in the community school get a computer system?
Full-time students are loaned a computer system when they enroll. There are specific conditions of usage, but the system is available as long as the student is in good standing at GOVS.
- Does the school have a web site that I can go to for more information?
Yes, our web site address is mygovs.com. It contains general information about the school, enrollment information, a student handbook, and contact information.