Tuition-Free Nevada Online Public School

Nevada Connections Academy (NCA), the top-rated K–12 virtual school in Nevada, bringing a tuition-free, public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Nevada.

Get to Know Nevada Connections Academy

Teachers, parents and students of our virtual school in Nevada explain how online learning at Nevada Connections Academy works and why they appreciate the tight knit school community offering all the services and resources that create a well-rounded student experience.

Authorized by the Nevada State Board of Education

Nevada Connections Academy (NCA) is a distance education charter school that originally received authorization in 2007 from the Nevada State Board of Education to operate as a grade 4–12 school. In August 2008, NCA received permission from the State Board to add grades K–3 beginning with school year 2008–09. NCA now serves online public school students throughout Nevada in grades K–12.

Nevada Connections Academy is a nonprofit corporation operating through a contract with Connections Academy of Nevada, LLC, to provide its online educational program and other services. The school is governed by an independent Board of Directors and all meetings are open to the public. Please review our scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information on how to attend a meeting or make a request for public records.

School Accountability Report

View the latest Nevada Connections Academy School Accountability Report, posted as required by state law.

The Nevada Connections Academy Virtual School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Nevada Connections Academy’s full-time virtual 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 NCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our 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 Nevada Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Nevada because they care about kids and believe that giving our online students personalized one-on-one 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 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 school 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 Nevada Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

Steve Werlein

Meet the Principal

Steve Werlein

Steve Werlein's career as an educational leader has taken him not only across the geographic spectrum of the country, but across the diverse public and private educational landscape as well. Mr. Werlein has proven that when given a rigorous and relevant curriculum, high expectations, and caring, nurturing adults, all students can find success.

As a high school world language teacher, he created a home study program for non-native speakers of Spanish in Mexico, and an intensive Spanish course for native speakers. While teaching, he was also the leader of one of the first one-on-one technology initiatives in the state of Illinois. As a school administrator, Mr. Werlein has served as assistant principal of a large, urban middle school near Chicago where he and his team successfully rebuilt the school culture and created an inclusive, positive environment.

After leaving this role, Steve assumed his first principalship which entailed leading a vocational school for students with severe behavioral challenges. His efforts there led to the creation of a unique, blended curriculum which fused practical vocational skills with core academic content and led to many students entering skilled trades and other post-secondary options.

Next, Mr. Werlein was privileged to serve as the director of curriculum and instruction and principal at Henry Ford Academy in Chicago, which is housed in part of the original Sears Headquarters on the city's west side.

After years of being a midwesterner, Mr. Werlein moved to suburban Austin, Texas where he started a charter high school with 35 students that has since grown to an exemplary rated, K–12 campus with 1,000 students.

Throughout his career, he has been passionate about finding creative, engaging ways to hold students to high standards and feel connected to their learning communities. Outside of school, much of Mr. Werlein's time is spent sharing the many activities that his three children are part of, including a special fondness for youth baseball.


  • BA in international political economy and Spanish from DePaul University
  • MEd in secondary teaching and curriculum from DePaul University
  • Certificate of advanced study in school leadership from National Louis University
  • Currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at Walden University