Engaging and Expertly Taught Online Middle School
In online middle school classes, students and teachers work together to continue the exploration of topics they began to understand in elementary school. Classes are designed to meet and exceed state standards, with state-certified instructors guiding classes with expertise.
The curriculum is designed to prepare students for high school and beyond. As an online middle school, students are able to take advantage of the unique structure of the school and the opportunities it provides.
For much of the middle school education, GCVS uses FLVS sources and expertly created curriculums from the school’s own teachers.
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A Classroom-Based Online Middle School
Many of the lessons and schoolwork students complete in GCVS’s online middle school are entirely on their own schedules. They are able to practice skills for as long as they need to, and at their own pace. They watch videos and take notes in time for them to do assignments, but when it works for them. And reading and homework might be completed around other important schedules in their lives. But GCVS middle schools students also benefit from real-time, scheduled classes where they interact with and learn from expert teachers and collaborate with their classmates.
This is a best-of-both-worlds online school that excels at combining “live” interaction online with a flexible online education. Online classes are held two to three times a week per subject area, and teachers can see progress in real-time, letting them adjust to each student’s strengths and needs. This also benefits school time spent out of the online classroom, because lessons can be tailored to supplement learning in challenging areas and push students further in subjects they are excelling in.
From reinforcing and strengthening mathematics skills to a true understanding of higher level concepts, the GCVS middle school mathematics program gives students the opportunity to apply number skills to real-world scenarios. Online students learn math through traditional teaching, applications, videos, games, and real-world scenarios while creating, investigating, and demonstrating knowledge.
Middle school science at GCVS is an in-depth exploration that will inspire scientific curiosity and build a foundation for further discovery. Starting with a broad look at energy, weather, living organisms, and Earth as a whole system, students dive deeper and deeper and they learn more about organization and interaction between scientific phenomena and explore the properties that make up the universe around them.
In middle school music class, students explore and create music through a variety of methods. Students are guided in singing, dancing, and building instruments. They also learn to read and write music while playing games and learning about music history.
Technology class at the middle school takes students on an exciting journey to learn about the information revolution and the incredible world of computers. Over the course of the class, students will better understand how computers work, the role computers play in our life, and an introduction to computer terminology. In addition, students learn practical skills, including word processing documents, creating presentations, programming, problem-solving, and troubleshooting.
English Language Arts
English Language Arts at the GCVS online middle school is all about discovery. Students explore their own abilities to write through reading, listening, and analyzing various fiction and nonfiction texts. A wide variety of texts are used, including books about heroes, mysteries, and monsters, to literacy themes of curiosity and innovation. Students will gain the tools they need to express themselves through writing, all while developing critical analysis skills.
Middle school students learn about geography, economics. and the roles citizens play in their communities, as well as the story of the formation of the United States and the development of the known world, from ancient history to modern time. Students learn about the contributions of different societies, from the familiar European cultures to Chinese, Mayan, and Indian contributions and more.
Middle school students learn about the principles of design, including scale and unity. These principles help them create art that has interesting composition and also tells a story or expresses an idea. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge through small activities and through larger art projects. In the process, students gain a better understanding of how to communicate creatively.
Physical Education, Health, and Wellness
The online middle school physical education program teaches the benefits of participating in physical activities both now and in the future. The fitness program reinforces positive behaviors while allowing students to manage their own progress and goals. Students engage in lifetime activities that improve overall fitness, and they learn to apply healthy and positive behaviors toward themselves and others.
How a Classroom-Based Middle School Spends a Day
Online middle school students benefit from the flexibility a virtual school environment offers to students and their families.
Like the online elementary school, GCVS’s middle school combines consistent live sessions, asynchronous lessons, check-ins, and support to help students find balance in their education. Live sessions equal direct interaction and support with teachers and peers on a regular basis. This structure helps students stay on track and motivated, and gives them the support they need.
“My favorite part [of GCVS] is how nice the teachers are, how supportive they are…we lift each other up. ”
Charisma Campbell, GCVS Middle School student
Online Middle School Staff
Meet some of our online middle school teachers and staff.