Anyone have any experience with Georgia Connections Academy/online public school/homeschooling? What do I need to ask/be aware of? Any other non-traditional schooling options? (snowflake details..)
So my niece and mom, previously
are now living in an area that doesn't have a great school. She went the second half of the year, and was the subject of bullying (the only white girl in the school) and some fights (if someone hits her she hits back). My mom finally got custody of her mid spring year, but after the school choice applications were due. So, switching schools for this year doesn't seem to be much of an option. (Note: she's still going to fill out the application, and see if she can get in as late choice, but we can't count on it.) The school choice department says that if my mom had record of all the incidents, they might be able to get a hardship transfer, but my mom didn't record dates and details.
The school says that the incidents aren't bullying, but altercations. (Because my niece responds.) The school board says there's nothing they can do except for my mom to move to a different school district.
Private school isn't an option - my mom is still job-hunting, and the funds simply aren't there.
So, my mom has found this Georgia Connections Academy, and thinks it might be an option. I can't find out much about it - mostly homeschoolers reviewing it who are unhappy about the way it is set up. They have an informational session on the 17th, which I plan on attending. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? What questions should I ask? Is it easy to do this for a year, and then potentially put her back into public school next year?
My mom has her GED, but not a lot of understanding of math/science, and I'm really concerned that this will lead to my niece falling behind and dropping out of school. She's getting mostly As and Bs right now, and wants to go to college - I really want that to be able to happen for her.