General FAQs

What grades are offered by the Gary Digital Academy (GDA)?

GDA offers full-time enrollment for grades K–9 for the 2019–2020 school year. In each subsequent school year a new grade will be added to offer K–12 by the 2022–2023 school year.

How old does a student have to be to enroll in Kindergarten?

Kindergartners must be five years old before August 1 of the school year in which they wish to enroll to be eligible

What subjects will my child study?

Language arts/English, math, science, and history are core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as art, health/PE, music, and world languages.

Does the GDA provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, we provide textbooks and instructional materials. These books and materials, which vary by course and grade, are sent to families directly. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete, quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5. That time increases to 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and 80+ percent in grades 9–12. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials supported by in-person instruction.

Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?

Depending on a child's Individualized Education Program, we can tailor the courses to meet your student’s needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office at 219.886.6400 ext. 55010, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

The beauty of our program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Grade placement assessments, completed as part of the enrollment process, allow us to place your student in the appropriate level of curriculum. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor your student’s courses and lesson plans to meet your student's abilities.

How do students interact socially?

In our blended learning program, students meet with teachers and peers during two in-person instruction days at our learning center each week. Throughout the year, students may also be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. We expect local groups of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. The online family directory provides a way for families to network with families in their area. With online clubs and forums, other communities can be formed based on shared interests.

Will this program intrude into my home?

GDA respects your family’s privacy. There may be instances when, per mutual agreement between the family and school, an administrator or staff member will conduct a home visit. These infrequent visits are typically for the purpose of providing additional support to the student and family.

How do I enroll my student?

Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in GDA.