Online Learning Registration
The Lambert High School Counseling Department is happy to provide our students/families with some helpful links and resources regarding virtual learning to support making informed decisions when considering instructional formats for the upcoming school year. Students can take full time or part time virtual courses for the 2020-2021 school year. If a course is offered through Forsyth Virtual (FVA), LHS Counselors recommend that students take the courses through FVA. However, if a course is NOT offered via FVA, students can take the courses through Georgia Virtual (GAVS). Any course taken during a student’s 7 period schedule, whether in person or virtual, will be paid for by the school system. Students must register for virtual courses by July 31st.
Please be aware that we encourage students to enroll in Forsyth Virtual classes prior to exploring a Georgia Virtual course. Forsyth Virtual is accessible through ItsLearning and will be taught by a Forsyth County teacher (which assists with direct communication). The choice of platform is solely a student/family decision.
Click here for a full course list at FVA.
Click here for a full course list at GAVS.
Click here for instructions to register for FVA courses (see GAVS instructions below).
Click here for additional FAQ’s regarding FVA.
Click here for a step-by-step instruction video for online registration
Please see below for a brief overview of Forsyth Virtual Academy:
Full Time means that all courses will be taken virtually - no courses will be taken at the base school.
- 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students must take a minimum of 6 courses
- 12th grade students who are on track for graduation must take a minimum of 4 classes
- Students will still be able to participate in LHS activities and extracurriculars as long as they meet requirements.
Part-Time means that some courses will be taken at the base school and some courses will be taken through FVA.
- FVA courses are asynchronous; can be done any time student has internet access. There is no requirement for scheduled time in any course with the teacher present, although many teachers offer optional virtual help sessions to assist with content.
- FVA consists of Forsyth County courses, taught by Forsyth County teachers. Students remain a part of their assigned base school, can participate in clubs and organizations as long as requirements are met, transcripts are from the base school, and students are eligible for all scholarships that are available to Forsyth County and Georgia students.
- FVA is generally paced week by week. While assignments will be posted daily for student completion, these weekly blocks of work will mainly have weekly or bi-weekly due dates. With that in mind, students can complete their weekly assignments early, but cannot complete their course at an accelerated pace, as FVA observes the same pacing and grading calendars as the base schools.
GAVS Fall/Spring Registration
Step 1: Complete the online application: GAVS Online Course Registration Form
Step 2: Create a GAVS account on the GA Virtual School Website
Step 3: Add the course to your backpack in your GAVS account. Instructions with screenshots are included here:
What is the deadline for signing up for virtual instruction?
- Students must register for virtual courses by July 31st.
What if a course is not offered online?
- Not all courses are offered in a virtual format. If a student still wants to take the course, they are welcome to take it in the building at LHS or select an alternate course.
*If a pathway course is not offered through FVA or GAVS, students have the following options:
- Students may come to school (face to face) for the pathway course and take all other courses through FVA or GAVS off-campus.
- Students may wait and take the pathway course in the 2021-22 school year.
Can my student return to in-person instruction if they don’t like working in a virtual format?
- Students are committing to at least one full semester of online learning when registering for virtual classes. Courses taken virtually will have the same ending point in curriculum at the midyear mark in December as the in-person instruction, so any transitions back into the LHS classroom should remain seamless.
Can my student still participate in sports and clubs at LHS if they take virtual classes?
Does the rigor level for classes differ between virtual and in-person instruction?
- Courses that are taken in the virtual format are still paced and taught to provide students the information that they need to succeed. Specifically, AP classes are taught to help support student’s performance on the AP exam, much like in the classroom.
(See FVA FAQ’s link: https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/51996)
How are courses posted when taking FVA or GAVS courses?
- FVA courses are yearlong courses and are posted at the end of the school year as 1.0 full credit. GAVS courses are posted as semester grades; students will earn a 0.5 credit for the first half of the course (A section) and 0.5 for the second half of the course (B section). Semester long courses are only granted 0.5 credit.
Should my student take accelerated and/or math courses through virtual learning?
- This is student and family decision. The instructors at FVA are FCS educators. Most of them teach the same courses in the buildings around Forsyth County.
(See FVA FAQ’s link: https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/51996).
Additional questions regarding FVA and their specific course offerings, teachings, time commitment and rigor should be directed to FVA admin and counselors at PLyerly@forsyth.k12.ga.us and KHaynes@forsyth.k12.ga.us. Taking classes through FVA is very different from the extended online learning we experienced in Spring 2020. The FVA classes are not necessarily taught by LHS staff. Students choosing full-time virtual will also be able to participate in clubs and activities at Lambert with the same expectations as traditional face to face students.