Individualized Instruction Program

Students learn best when lessons match their personal interests and abilities. The mission of California Connections Academy is to help each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning plan.

At California Connections Academy, each student receives individualized instruction, including lessons tailored to that student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. This is the Personalized Performance Learning® (PPL) approach—a dynamic process that begins by evaluating each student’s strengths and needs. Teachers and counselors are then able to develop focused, customized approaches that work for the student along with the curriculum—all year long.

Timely Intervention

When help is needed, teachers may modify instruction strategies or lessons, provide meaningful ways to practice skills, and offer helpful resources. They may arrange to work with a student in a small group or even one-on-one. This personal attention empowers students in virtual school to do their best and to achieve their goals.

Collaborating to Provide Even Greater Support

Our teachers work together closely and talk regularly. They share best practices, subject matter tips, teaching methods, and more. For families working with multiple teachers, these teachers can coordinate efforts to meet the student’s needs.

Connected to Students and Families

The bonds that teachers at California Connections Academy online schools build with their students are deep and strong. Often, teachers get to know the entire family well. These relationships enable teachers to make truly meaningful, life-changing connections with their students.

Dr. Emi Koga

Meet the Director of Student Services

Emi Koga

Dr. Emi Koga was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in both Tokyo and San Francisco Bay area. She has worked in the field of mental health at residential facilities, prisons, nonprofits, and state and federal government level providing services in the area of substance abuse, military family support, veteran assistance, trauma, as well as in school-based behavioral and emotional support services.

In the field of education, she has been a guidance counselor, health education teacher, preschool teacher, and most recently a Director of Student Support Services at an arts integrated charter school in North Los Angeles. She recently returned to her home state of California after spending five years working on the island of O’ahu working on federal projects. She believes in the strength based model, as well as wrap around model in servicing students- integrating the bio-psycho-social strengths and areas of improvement in assisting students in reaching their full potential.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching cooking shows, and running marathons with her son.


  • Bachelors of Arts in: Psychology and Human Sexuality Studies- San Francisco State University
  • Masters of Science in: Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling- San Francisco State University
  • Masters Degree in: Marriage Family Therapy- San Francisco State University
  • Doctorate Degree: Educational Leadership- University of Southern California
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