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“I love MNCA because the teachers are amazing, I’m able to have a flexible schedule to pursue my passions, and I can stay home during the day with my mom.”

Abigail Thelen

High School Student

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"We love the flexibility of the program and the opportunities offered at an elementary level—languages, music, clubs … so many choices to enhance our daughter’s learning."

Shelley Pettis

MNCA Parent

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"I loved the one-on-one attention I got from my teachers. They made me feel special, not just like a number in the school system."

April Solga

MNCA Graduate

Free Online School in Minnesota

Students throughout Minnesota are thriving at Minnesota Connections Academy (MNCA), a tuition-free online public school. MNCA gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. MNCA benefits each K–12 student by maximizing his or her potential to meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized online learning program that features:

  • A challenging K–12 curriculum  developed by leading education experts
  • Instruction from state-certified teachers experienced in online instruction
  • Support from trained counselors, principals, and administrative staff
  • Curriculum materials needed to participate in a dynamic online learning environment
  • Loaned computer equipment and Internet subsidies for students in grades 6–12, needed to participate in a dynamic online learning environment*

* See the Technology section for full details.



Learn about Minnesota Connections Academy

Minnesota Connections Academy offers a challenging and enriching learning community in which students can flourish scholastically and socially.

Welcome to Minnesota Connections Academy

Minnesota Connections Academy is a state-approved program of the Minnesota Transitions School, an authorized Minnesota charter school. MNCA is not just a fully accredited Minnesota online public school. It’s a tight-knit school community offering all the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded student experience for students who reside throughout Minnesota, including:

  • Field trips and social events that help students connect to one another, their communities, and their lessons
  • Dozens of clubs and activities that foster social development and academic growth
  • Dedicated and highly qualified teachers
  • A computer lab in our Minneapolis teaching center, where students and teachers can collaborate on projects
  • An involved community of students and their families

Our Mission

The mission of Minnesota Connections Academy is to maximize academic achievement for students throughout the state of Minnesota who seek an alternative to the traditional classroom.

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