All Greenville County students have the opportunity to register in the full-time Virtual Program. Registration for the 2023-24 GCS Virtual Program opens at 8:00 AM on Monday, November 14th, 2022, and will continue through 5:00 PM on Friday, December 2nd, 2022. To register, students must be enrolled in Greenville County Schools and parents must have a Backpack account. Please note, the Virtual Program will not be offered for Specialized/Magnet Programs such as Charles Townes Center, Language Immersion, and preschool programs or the most intensive special education services, which is typically referred to as self-contained programming.
If your student is currently attending the Virtual Program for the current school year (2022-23) and you want them to participate in the Virtual Program for the 23-24 school year, you must apply again. Your student will not automatically be enrolled in the Virtual Program for the 2023-24 school year.
Acceptance into the Virtual Program is not guaranteed by submitting an application alone. Student grades, attendance, previous performance in the Virtual Program, and schedule/credit needs will all play a factor in whether a student is accepted for the 2023-24 school year Virtual Program.
The first registration window is for those who are certain they want students to participate in the Virtual Program next fall. The Virtual Program will be staffed based on this early sign-up. Greenville County Schools will reopen the window in April to create a waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be scheduled based on the availability of space in the Virtual Program.
Notifications of acceptance and Virtual Program contracts will be emailed by February 10th, 2023. Students in the Virtual Program will be scheduled based on grade level and academic record. GCS cannot guarantee placement with other students or teachers from the Home-Based School. Middle and high school parents will be contacted by the Virtual Program Counselors to schedule an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) conference.
Students will be expected to participate daily in live sessions at scheduled times with their cameras on and their faces visible. Those who fail to do so will be marked absent and are subject to truancy consequences. Exceptions are based on extenuating circumstances and must be pre-approved in advance by a Virtual Program Administrator. Students accepted into the Virtual Program for the 2023-24 school year will not be eligible for Magnet Academies or changes in assignment choice. If a student is approved for a magnet or choice slot after being accepted into the Virtual Program, parents must state their intent by the deadline or forfeit their Choice/Magnet slot.
Note: During the 2023-24 Virtual Program application window of November 14th, 2022 through December 2nd, 2022, parents will not be able to apply for the current school year (2022-23) using Parent Backpack. Those wishing to apply for Quarter 2 (K-8 students) or Semester 2 (9-12 students), should apply before November 14th or after December 2nd. After December 2nd, parents will be able to apply to the Virtual Program through Parent Backpack for the current school year.