Gem State Makes Adventist Education Accessible
Gem State Adventist Academy leaders have been reviewing programs and systems to ensure efficiency, relevancy and effectiveness. As a result, they have developed two new programs for the 2009–2010 school year.
The Distance Learning Program will enable a freshman to enroll as a GSAA student and take core classes via the Internet. Classes will be taught in real time with real teachers who offer the same high quality academics as campus instruction. Each of these students will need just a computer with an Internet connection and a webcam with a microphone.
The school is planning two special on-campus weekends, one each semester, to provide distance learners an opportunity to engage in spiritual and extracurricular activities, as well as build relationships with other students. The cost is half the rate of a day student's tuition.
GSAA has also adopted an early enrollment incentive program — a matching plan to ease the financial burden of the initial payment on registration day. The earlier the student enrolls, the higher the match. For example: GSAA will match up to 150 percent of pre-payments received during the student's fifth-and sixth-grade years; 100 percent of pre-payments received during the student's seventh-grade year; 50 percent of pre-payments received during the student's eighth-grade year.