Welcome to California Connections Academy Online Schools

Students throughout California are thriving at California Connections Academy, a network of tuition-free online public schools.

Offering the flexibility to learn at home, California Connections Academy online schools help students who need a more personalized approach to learning to maximize their potential and meet high performance standards. Guided and instructed by credentialed teachers, students in grades K–12 set and achieve personal goals, overcome challenges, and attain the knowledge and skills they will need for success.

Get to Know California Connections Academy

Meet some of the students, parents and teachers at our virtual school in California and hear their thoughts on schedule flexibility, parent involvement in education and the individualized approach to online learning.

The Online School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. California Connections Academy’s full-time online school program helps students build on their individual strengths and interests in a setting that is both safe and connected to a larger community.

Below are a few of the driving forces behind this unique approach:

Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum

At California Connections Academy, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our California virtual school classes meet and exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best texts, materials, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the California Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, credentialed, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our online schools in California because they care about kids and believe that personalized instruction really works.

Individual Attention

Each and every student has unique abilities, and all students perform better when they receive individual attention in a nurturing learning environment. These guiding principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach. Using this method, teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel. This approach also allows students to accelerate learning in areas of strength or receive extra attention in areas of weakness.

Parent-Supported Online Learning

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily education. They’re able to see real progress every day and work with dedicated teachers to keep their students on track. Parents say this involvement is one of the most gratifying aspects of the virtual school program.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®, lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an Internet connection. Parents love how easy it is to schedule lessons and access grades, too!

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual setting, students meet regularly in online LiveLesson® sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. There are even chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. And the flexibility of the program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of our network of California Connections Academy online schools or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

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Meet the Executive Director

Richard Savage

Dr. Richard Savage comes to Connections Academy with more than 15 years of experience in education. After teaching high school Spanish and coaching soccer and volleyball for five years, he became a vice principal at Antelope Valley High School, a socio-economically-challenged urban high school in Southern California with an under-served population of more than 2,500 students. He worked there for six years and succeeded in bringing the school out from state sanctions.

As school principal at Calistoga Junior/Senior High School, a rural school serving students in grades 7–12 located at the northern end of the Napa Valley, Dr. Savage coordinated a Distinguished School Award, a successful six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and school-wide project-based learning implementation.

He states, “The innovative world of online learning is at the forefront of the future of education. It affords the staff at Connections Academy the opportunity to engage students in many different ways. I believe that all children can learn, technology is an integral part of the educational process, and that the teacher-student relationship is an essential component of a child’s education. I enjoy implementing a wide variety of strategies to ensure student success.” Dr. Savage understands the educational needs and concerns of parents; he is married and has four children.


  • BA in Spanish secondary education with a minor in physical education and coaching from Brigham Young University
  • MA in education administration, California State University, Bakersfield
  • EdD in organizational leadership, University of Laverne