Hybrid Education in Greater Atlanta (HEGA) is an accredited non-traditional, secular school, located in Tucker, Ga. We are dedicated to the individual potential of each student, providing them with academically challenging courses in a vibrant and safe environment. HEGA is inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
The mission of Hybrid Education in Greater Atlanta (HEGA) is to provide high-quality academic classes for middle and high school students which will instill in them a passion for knowledge while preparing them for college and beyond.
At HEGA, we believe that every student has the potential to succeed academically. While we recognize that not everybody wants to attend college after high school, we pattern our HEGA program after the higher-ed model. Whether a student chooses to attend college or opts to head out into the world upon graduating from HEGA, they need the right skill-set to succeed. Critical thinking skills, time management, taking responsibility for one's required tasks, asking the important questions, sharing opinions in a productive manner, furthering the conversation, working toward consensus and coming up with workable solutions, are parallel goals to the academic goals we have for all of our HEGA students.
We are located in the City of Tucker.
Each HEGA class meets once a week. The schedule indicates the days and times classes meet. Classes range from 1 - 1 1/2 hours in length.
The HEGA calendar includes 180 days of learning as required for non-traditional students and homeschoolers in Georgia. This includes home study days which are designed for parents to plan educational activities, HEGA class days which are the days we meet in Tucker, and independent study days which are days for the students to work on HEGA assignments at home. HEGA classes begin on the Tuesday following Labor Day each year and finish in the middle of May.
Absolutely! While most of our students take all of their classes at HEGA, students can enroll in one or two classes to supplement their other outside courses. Students must meet the prerequisites for each academic class they wish to enroll in and be able to attend the class when we move back into the physical classroom.
Our classes traditionally meet in-person, and it is our hope to go back to our physical classrooms in the near future. Students who enroll in any of the Tues., Wed., Thurs., classes will begin the Fall 2020 semester online. For further information please see our statement about Going Forward in the Fall (Education in the Age of Covid19 Section) below.
HEGA is fully accredited with quality through the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). The majority of students who attend our HEGA program desire an accredited diploma, which means that we have ensured that they have met the Georgia Dept. of Education's standards and requirements for an accredited diploma and students are entered into the Georgia Student Finance Commission's database for HOPE scholarship eligibility. Some HEGA families prefer to follow their own paths and provide their own non-accredited diploma for their student. Regardless of the choice, all HEGA seniors are welcome to participate in our High School Commencement Ceremony at the end of the school year.
This year has been like no other for EVERY educator and for EVERY student across this country. It presented all of us with challenges that we could have never imagined happening. Like so many instructors, we moved what we do in the physical classroom to the online platform Zoom, and we are proud of our successes. The experience was a reminder that to be an effective and engaging instructor is to continuously evolve to meet the needs of the classroom and of the individual student...even in the face of a Worldwide Pandemic! It also served as a reminder that teaching is an art, not a science. Learning can happen anywhere, any place with quality instructors who are dedicated to maintaining the fluidity of the classroom experience.
We are committed to the safety and well-being of our HEGA families and our HEGA instructors. Some of our families have a member who is health-compromised; others have an aging parent or they are the only caregiver for a family member, and we need to remain sensitive to these facts and we must be supportive of each other. With this in mind, we have made the decision to continue teaching our classes online until we feel it is safe for everybody to return to the physical classroom. We will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations, consult the Local and State Guidelines, and work in concert with the Tucker Recreation Center to make informed decisions as we progress through Spring semester.