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About Connections Academy, a Free Online School

Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education LLC, provides a proven alternative to homeschooling—free public school that students attend from home. This is a unique program that combines:

  • Strong parental involvement
  • Expertise and accountability of public education
  • Flexibility of online classes

Connections Academy also provides an affordable online private school that is available to K–12 students everywhere.

The mission of Connections Academy is to help each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program. We tailor our approach for students of all abilities—preparing students to succeed in school, and in life.

History

In Spring 2001, Sylvan Ventures started a separate business unit to create a turnkey virtual school program based on a commitment to the highest educational standards, with full accountability. The company began operations of its first schools in two states in the Fall of 2002. In September of 2004, Connections Academy was sold to an investor group led by Apollo Management, L.P. The company now operates tuition-free public schools under management contracts from charter schools or school districts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In Spring 2009, Connections Academy opened a private school, National Connections Academy, that is available everywhere.

A new corporate entity called Connections Education was established in early 2011 to meet the growing demand for quality K–12 online learning. The new company is the result of the growth of Connections Academy and supports a new corporate structure. Connections Education consists of two education-focused divisions including the newly created Connections Learning that serves educational institutions and other organizations, both in the U.S. and internationally, with online learning solutions.

In Fall 2011, Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, acquired Connections Education establishing a leading position in the fast-growing virtual school segment and the opportunity to apply Connections Education’s skills and technologies in new segments and geographic markets.

Join Us!

Are you interested in a job at Connections Academy? Please take a look at our current openings and if you are interested, apply online. We are looking for hard-working, dedicated individuals to join our team. If you have questions, send an e-mail to careers@connectionseducation.com. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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