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June 18-- Coastal Plains in Vidalia is a public charter high school with a statewide attendance zone, meaning any Georgia student age 14 to 20 may attend tuition free. Students who complete the necessary classwork then earn an accredited Georgia high school diploma. This is not a GED program.

Classes are held at the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy on Pete Phillips Drive in Vidalia.

Coastal Plains is a second-chance high school, designed to meet the needs of a variety of students. For some students, traditional high school classes are not a good fit. Some students have full-time jobs. Others must balance school with caring for a child. Still others gave up on school at some point, but now see the value of obtaining a high school diploma. Some students may want to attend to gain credit advancement and graduate at your own pace. Some may want to graduate early.

To help students succeed, Coastal Plains offers numerous advantages. The school uses a blended classroom.  Here, a student works at his or her own pace on the computer with a certified teacher in the classroom at all times. The classrooms have a maximum 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio, which is much lower than a traditional classroom. The smaller classes allow more individual attention for each student. Another advantage is that attendance is flexible, allowing students to come to classes at a time that works for them. Classes are held Monday through Thursday, from 4-9 p.m., and run year-round, so students can enroll anytime throughout the year.

Not only does the Coastal Plains model allow students great flexibility, it provides each student with a tremendously strong support system. All students are paired with a mentor, a counselor, a graduation coach and, if needed, a tutor. These professionals help ensure that each student stays on track and has all the support needed to finish school and obtain a high school diploma.

Coastal Plains Education Charter High School campuses are designed not to compete with local schools, but rather to complement them. Each of the school boards in the counties where Coastal Plains sites are located has entered into a partnership with the school, and the superintendents of each of the school systems will serve on the Coastal Plains governance board.

For more information on Coastal Plains Education Charter High School, contact Site Directors, Kim Alexander, (912) 326-1228 or Denis Watkins, (912) 293-0625 or contact Ricky Rentz, executive director, by phone (912)399-0985 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or visit the Coastal Plains website: coastalplainscharter.org for the online registration or call our office from 10:00 AM to 8:00PM for more information.

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