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Registration Information

  • 3-Step Registration!

    Step 1: Login to the SchoolMint online registration system at https://gcsnc.schoolmint.net/

    • Need a SchoolMint account? This video can assist in creating an account.
    • If you need assistance with SchoolMint, please contact the GCS Student Assignment Office at 336-370-8303.

    Step 2: Complete the virtual school registration in SchoolMint.

    Step 3: Check the email address or text message that you registered with to review your confirmation.

    It’s that simple...1 - 2- 3! You will receive information regarding next steps soon. If you have questions prior to a staff member contacting you, please contact virtual-schoolregistration-inquiries@gcsnc.com

      

    REGISTRATION FAQs

    How do I register?

    Register online at https://gcsnc.schoolmint.net/  

    When can I register?

    The registration period opens July 14, 2020 and is extended through September 15, 2020.

    My child is not a student in Guilford County Schools. Can I still register?

    All school aged children that reside inside the Guilford County limits are eligible to register to the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep

    Can I withdraw my registration after I submit it?

    Yes. Please submit your request to studentassignment@gcsnc.com before the registration window closes. After the registration window closes, you will be able to login to SchoolMint to withdraw your registration.

    Can I transfer back to my zoned school during the school year?

    Yes. Contact Student Assignment to request a transfer to your zoned school at the end of the semester.

    Can I transfer back to a Magnet, IB, and Early/Middle College?

    Yes. Students will not lose their seat and may return to their choice school at the end of the semester or end of the school year.

    Can a student withdraw from the virtual school and go back to their home school at any time?

    Students will only be able to transfer schools at the end of the year or the end of the semester.  The virtual schools are for families making a long-term commitment to online learning. Students who will be successful in these schools have the discipline to devote themselves to learning at home by engaging instruction in a virtual environment. Learning will be a mix of live lessons from GCS teachers and staff, similar to a classroom environment, and independent study, allowing for a flexible student schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What are Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy (K-5)/ and Guilford eLearning University Prep (6-8)?

    Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy (K-5) is an eLearning environment where teachers use digital tools for teaching and learning to facilitate the learning process, and students are empowered to connect and interact with their peers and instructors online through personalized and distinguished learning paths.     

    Guilford eLearning University Prep (6-8) is an eLearning environment where teachers use digital tools for teaching and learning to facilitate the learning process, and students are empowered to connect and interact with their peers and instructors online through personalized and distinguished learning paths required for college and careers.

    2. What grades are offered?

    Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy offers grades K–5 for students who reside within the boundaries of Guilford County Schools.

    Guilford eLearning University Prep offers grades 6-8 for students who reside within the boundaries of Guilford County Schools.

    Students in grades 9-12 can register in the eLearning University Prep Academy program while remaining assigned to their home school.

    3. What technology resources are provided to students?

    eLearning environments must have the following to be successful; a reliable internet connection and a dedicated device (laptop, iPad, or computer). Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep will provide a loaner device (laptop) upon request to families that meet certain criteria and receive approval. 

    4. What materials does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy and Guilford eLearning University Prep provide?

    eLearning environments are completely online; that means the textbooks and curriculum are digital. Basic school supplies may include journals, pens, highlighters, folders, dividers, calculators, rulers, makers, paper, etc. but are not provided. School lists will be provided for each grade level at the beginning of the school year. Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy (K-5) provides support resources, equipment, and assistive technology.

    eLearning environments are completely online; that means the textbooks and curriculum are digital. Basic school supplies may include journals, pens, highlighters, folders, dividers, calculators, rulers, makers, paper, etc. but are not provided. School lists will be provided for each grade level at the beginning of the school year. Guilford eLearning University Prep (6-8) provides support resources, equipment, and assistive technology.

    5. What curricula does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy and Guilford eLearning University Prep use?

    In our eLearning environment, a wide range of online courses and curricula are used to meet or exceed state standards by utilizing the district’s scope and sequence for academics. Some of the innovative and engaging digital learning tools include: Canvas, Nearpod, Google Apps, Zearn, ARC cloud, NewsELA, Number Worlds, and Waterford just to name a few. Our digital resources are reviewed annually for effectiveness, rigor, equity, and relevancy based on our ever-evolving educational advances.

    6. Does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy and Guilford eLearning University Prep charge tuition?

    There is no charge to attend; the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep is 100% FREE.

    7.Does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep provide special education services?

    Yes, students with disabilities who qualify for Special Education Services can receive a free appropriate education (FAPE) based on the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504, or English as a Second Language (ESL)—should be English Language Learners (ELL)) plan.  Our eLearning environments deliver feasible special education programming and related services in the least restrictive environment, as determined by the student’s IEP team. Students that desire to register and are accepted will need to have an updated IEP meeting at their home school before registering to ensure that the modifications and accommodations are accessible, and the eLearning environment is the best fit for that needs of that student.

    8. What opportunities for social engagement are provided?

    The Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep will be able to participate in virtual fieldtrips, live extracurricular clubs, online mentorship, virtual business/industry and college tours, live streaming events with peers, teachers, and guest speakers, and video channeling opportunities.

    9. Do students have live interaction with teachers?

    Yes; the eLearning staff consists of certified teachers, counselors, and the principal. The eLearning environment will be both synchronous; live and real-time instruction with a teacher based on the predetermined schedule, and asynchronous; instruction is pre-recorded, and students can access at any time based on the best time for learners, and parents as learning coaches.

    10. Does classwork have to be completed during the traditional school day?

    Yes; classes start and end with flexible scheduling options and students have a load of no more than six courses at one time. Teachers are available during scheduled class times, check-ins, and designated online office hours. Student have the option complete assignments outside of the traditional school day.

    11. How is attendance counted?

    Attendance is taken and counted daily by the instructor to monitor student participation, engagement, and proficiency based on the current number of 185 instructional days.

    12. How do I register?

    Interested in learning at the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep? The registration process is easy as 1-2-3; click below:

    Virtual School Registration Information

    13. Can a student also participate in dual registration, for example Career and College Promise (CCP)?

    Yes, students in grades 11-12 who are eligible, have an unweighted GPA of 2.8 and on track to graduate should apply to begin attaining college credits before graduating high school, thus jump-starting college and career plans.

    14. How many hours per day will my student participate in school?

    Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy students will engage online on average for three to six hours per day and 15-30 hours per week, with flexible pacing.

    Guilford eLearning University Prep students will engage online on average for three to six hours per day and 15-30 hours per week, with flexible pacing.

    15. Is Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep content self-paced?

    Yes; students registered in the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep will follow a Guilford County Schools pacing guide with flexibility to learn and succeed.

    16. What is the grading policy?

    The Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep grading policy is in the Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook for Guilford County Schools and information on the grading policy.

    GCS Parent/Student Handbook

    17. Does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep hold graduation, moving on, or commencement ceremonies? 

    Yes; the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep will hold traditional or nontraditional (drive-through) commencement exercises based on the academic year for various grade levels. 

    18. Are Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep students required to participate in state testing?

    Yes; students who attend public schools in North Carolina are required by law to take state-mandated tests; and any additional local tests as required based on student needs.

    19. Does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep participate in the Title I Program?

    Yes; if the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep meets the required status for Title I, they will be included in the Title I program. 

    20. Does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep provide services for displaced students?

    All school aged children that reside inside the Guilford County limits are eligible to register for the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep.

    21. How do parents support their child in an eLearning environment?

    At the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep, parents/guardians serve as a learning coach; monitoring engagement, providing a welcoming workspace, ensuring connectivity is accessible, and supporting learning while championing your child’s progress and achievements.

    22. Can a student transfer back to a traditional, magnet or high school options program?

    Yes; students will not lose their seat and may return to their home or choice school at the end of the semester or end of the school year. The same is true for students on special assignment/reassignment.

    23. Can a student withdraw from the virtual school and go back to their home school at any time?

    Students will only be able to transfer schools at the end of the year or the end of the semester. If the student is on a reassignment to a school that is not their home school, they may return to the reassigned school at the end of the year or the end of the semester. Same is true for magnet programs, as long as the request is made for the 2020-21 school year. The virtual schools are for families making a long-term commitment to online learning. Students who will be successful in these schools have the discipline to devote themselves to learning at home by engaging instruction in a virtual environment. Learning will be a mix of live lessons from GCS teachers and staff, similar to a classroom environment, and independent study, allowing for a flexible student schedule.

    24. How are virtual schools funded?

    The virtual school will receive the same weighted student formula funding (approximately $50 per student) that other schools receive. The initial allocation will be used to address technology and work space needs as we open the schools.

    25. Will the virtual schools offer electives?

    Yes. The virtual school will have an abbreviated electives list during the first year of implementation. The course and elective list will be completed on or before August 12, 2020. The virtual schools will offer Computer Science across the Curriculum.

    26. Will gift academics (AG), advanced placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) be offered?

    AG students who opt to attend the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy (6-8), will receive AG enrichment services in math and/or reading through Canvas Courses developed specifically around the AG enrichment curriculum.                                                                                                                                                               
    AP courses can be offered virtually by AP-trained instructors at all high schools. Canvas courses will include embedded College Board rubrics, the use of formative assessment tools in AP Classroom and College Board released AP video lessons. The district has provided digital textbooks for all the major AP contents.

    IB courses can be offered virtually to students attending one of the district’s four IB schools by an IB-certified teacher. Students in grades 11 and 12 may elect to enroll in IB courses and students who have submitted an approved application may pursue the full IB diploma. IB students will be expected to complete all of the required components, including Internal Assessments, the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge presentations, and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) projects.

    More Questions?

    virtual-school-inquiries@gcsnc.com