TCSS announces final virtual academy numbers

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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The final numbers are in from the Troup County School System’s virtual academy with 3,412 total students registering to take classes online this upcoming school year.

TCSS released the final numbers Tuesday, with a decline in previously reported numbers. TCSS said there were duplicates, causing the numbers released Friday to go down around 600. The LaGrange Daily News previously reported that approximately one-third of TCSS students registered for the virtual academy, but after the duplicates were removed that number is right around 28 percent.

Bertha Weathersbee had the highest percentage of students enrolled, based on enrollment numbers from May 2020. Berta had just under 40 percent of students enrolled in the virtual academy. Online enrollment is ongoing for the 2020-2021 school year, so TCSS does not have final totals to release, according to Public Relations Director Yolanda Stephen.

Hogansville Elementary had the second highest percentage with 34.87 percent of students enrolled in the virtual academy.

Excluding Hope Academy and Burwell Academy, Hillcrest Elementary had the lowest number of total online registrations and the lowest by percentage of students. A total of 70 Hillcrest Elementary students signed up for the virtual academy, which is only 17.65 percent of students.

The school with the most total online registrations is Long Cane Middle with 317, but Long Cane is also TCSS’ largest middle school. As of May’s enrollment numbers, LCMS had 1,046 total students enrolled, which made it the third largest school in TCSS by enrollment.

Troup High had the second most students enrolled in the virtual academy with 311, but THS is also the largest school in TCSS by enrollment.

Burwell Academy, which supports students with social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges, had eight total virtual academy registrations and Hope Academy, a secondary alternative school, had five.

There wasn’t a major outlier in the students in the virtual academy when listed by grade.

The grade with the most registrations was fourth grade with 293, but second through eighth grade all had 272 registrations or more.

The numbers dipped slightly in first, second, ninth and tenth grades, but all were between 232 and 248.

Eleventh (197) and twelfth grade (191) saw their virtual academy registrations dip below 200. Kindergarten had only 92 virtual academy registrations.