When he was 10 years, Gage Linville was ranked as the fastest motocross rider in the world for his age. He’s now (13) and is pursuing his dream of turning pro. He will quickly tell you Tift Academy is helping to make that possible.
Tift Academy is the online class program offered by Tift County Schools. It offers students the chance to attend school virtually, providing students like Gage the opportunity to get their education when a standard classroom setting isn’t right for them.
“If I was in a regular classroom from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., none of this would even be possible,” Gage said.
Motocross demands hours of practice and work-outs every day, as well as travel time. Gage’s parents wanted their son to be able to do what it would take to compete nationally, but knew he still needed a quality, accredited education. They had been in the Tift County Schools System and wanted that to continue because they valued a public education. They found the perfect fit with Tift Academy.
“If you don’t get your school work in, you don’t get to ride,” he said. “You’ve got to be committed. With Tift Academy, I can log in to the website from anywhere to make sure I’m getting my work done. I can even work to get ahead.”
“Tift Academy follows all rules and regulations of the Georgia Department of Education, Tift County Schools’ Policies/Procedures and the Tift County Code of Conduct,” said Brandelyn House, online learning coordinator. “Tift Academy offers rigorous, state-accredited, online courses. The Tift County Board of Education maintains that face-to-face instruction remains irreplaceable. However, students today need choices and flexibility. Tift County Schools is proud to provide Tift Academy as an option."
House said Tift Academy is different from Blended Learning, which involves some online instruction and some face-to-face instruction. A Tift Academy student takes two or more of his/her courses online, off-campus or takes 100 percent of Tift County courses online, off-campus.
To be a Tift Academy student, House said the student must submit an enrollment request form available at www.tiftschools.com/tiftacademy. The request then goes to the school counselor, principal and then House for approval.
House meets with the parents, student and counselor to decide what the best plan is for the student.
House said if a Tift Academy student wants to participate in any extracurricular activity, he/she must take at least one course on campus.
Visit www.tiftschools.com/tiftacademy to learn more.