Most Georgia Virtual School courses do not require a physical textbook or additional materials. For courses that do require additional materials, GAVS does provide these materials to students.* During the registration process for courses that require additional materials and/or textbooks, students are required to complete a release form. The course materials are shipped to students free of charge and any materials that are not consumable should be returned to GAVS at the end of the course using the provided postage paid mailing materials.
*Some science courses have “kitchen labs." GAVS provides a shopping list for these materials but does not cover the cost of these materials.
Just as it is necessary to have a pen and paper for traditional, face-to-face classes, the following items are the minimum hardware and software requirements essential to a student's success with GAVS courses:
- Computer Access: To participate in the Georgia Virtual School Program all students must have regular access to a computer with reliable Internet service. Also, students must have a reliable back-up computer in case of technology problems.
- Internet Service Provider (ISP) : An ISP is a company that provides the software and access necessary for getting onto the Internet. Students will need reliable Internet access to take GAVS courses. Students will need high speed access to the internet for at least part of each class.
- Email Account: Students will receive a GAVS email account after your enrollment is complete. However, prior to that, students must provide a valid email account so that the registration system can contact them during the registration process.
- Software Downloads: Some classes, including AP Calculus, AP Physics, Beginning Programming, Computing in the Modern World, and AP Music Theory require specialized downloads. Please see the course catalog for individual course requirements.
- Click here to access a document detailing the most current Georgia Virtual School hardware and software requirements.