Success Story

Students Thrive in a Virtual Environment

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Catoosa County Public Schools, Georgia

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Like many public school districts, Catoosa County Public Schools serves a number of students who require an alternative to the traditional classroom—either because they are not succeeding in the setting or because they cannot regularly attend school due to life circumstances.

“The success of our virtual program and quality of the curriculum has given us confidence to tell our classroom teachers, ‘Use this—it’s such a complement to your classroom instruction.”

Kyra Rhyne, Virtual Learning
Catoosa County Public Schools, Georgia


Recognizing the need for increased learning options, the state of Georgia has instituted statewide online learning initiatives that have led to an increase in virtual programs. In order to ensure that students remain in the district and have access to a quality alternative to the traditional classroom, Catoosa County Public Schools launched its own virtual school, Catoosa Online Academy (COA).

Choosing Apex Learning

COA sought to partner with a digital curriculum provider whose content matched the level of rigor and standards coverage that existed in the district’s established curriculum. With rigorous, standards-based digital curriculum that has been independently evaluated and approved by leading education organizations, including the Georgia Department of Education, Apex Learning was selected to partner with COA.

Students Thrive in a Virtual Environment

Students working independently stay engaged in their coursework through active learning. Rather than being expected to learn by passively watching, reading, and listening, COA students learn by doing. Integrated into every lesson, interactive media bring ideas to life. Students progress through course content by interacting with each concept as they are prompted to observe, inquire, create, connect, and confirm. Instructive feedback is immediately provided as students apply their understanding, creating a continuous interplay with the subject matter that keeps students attentive and motivated.


Students achieved an 80 percent course completion rate and a passing rate of 70 percent on state end-of-course exams. Many students who would otherwise have dropped out were provided with the flexibility they needed to stay in school.

Expanding the Impact of Digital Curriculum 

Today, COA successfully retains students who would have previously sought options outside the district, and has even regained several students who had left. 

“We have students who tell us they would not have succeeded if it weren’t for this program,” says Kyra Rhyne. Moving forward, Catoosa County Public Schools is exploring the possibility of introducing Apex Learning digital curriculum into the classroom at the high school and middle school levels to help ensure students stay on track as they progress toward graduation. “The success of our virtual program and quality of the curriculum has given us confidence to tell our classroom teachers, ‘Use this—it’s such a complement to your classroom instruction,’” says Rhyne.

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