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Georgia Cyber Academy means school anytime and anywhere
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Georgia Cyber Academy means school anytime and anywhere

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Ten-year-old Isabella Kessinger of Alpharetta is in Washington, D.C., this week and visiting all the historic sites: Lincoln Monument, the King Memorial, the FDR Memorial and more.

She's also spending at least five hours a day in school.

"Because I do school online," said Isabella during a recent interview via Skype from her hotel room in Wasington.

Isabella is one of 10,000 students who attend Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), a virtual charter school.

Unlike kids who are homeschooled, GCA students follow a specific curriculum.

"Our students have to meet all the school requirements, including attendance, participating in state tests, where we set up sites around the state to administer tests," said Matt Arkin,Head of School for Georgia Cyber Academy.

Cyber school allows children to work at their own pace.

With GCA, last year, Isabella moved up a grade level in math with a few months.

"I finished all my fourth grade math, so I got to advance to fifth grade math," said Isabella.

"I love that we have a lot of field trips that coordinate with our curriculum that give the kids a hands-on learning experience and a chance to really integrate what they've learned," said Debra Kessinger, Isabella.

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