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Learn more about Nevada Connections Academy

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

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 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 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

Nevada charter schools are required to post their annual School Accountability Reports for public viewing. View the Nevada Connections Academy’s 2013–14 School Accountability Report.

Meet Steve Werlein, NCA Principal

Principle Steve Werlein portrait

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. Steve 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 foreign 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 1:1 technology initiatives in the state of Illinois. As a school administrator, Steve 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, Steve was privileged to serve as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and then 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, Steve decided to explore a foreign country and 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 Steve's time is spent sharing the many activities that his nine,seven, and four-year-old children are part of, with a special fondness for youth baseball.


  • B.A. in International Political Economy and Spanish from DePaul University
  • M.Ed. 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.

Staff, Community, Curriculum

With a caring staff, an outstanding curriculum, and a vibrant school community, Nevada Connections Academy is a leading virtual school in Nevada.

Administration and Staff

Principal Steve Werlein leads a dedicated staff that includes:


Nevada Connections Academy isn’t simply a Nevada virtual school. It’s a supportive community of:


The Nevada Connections Academy online public school curriculum is designed by national education experts and customized to meet the specific standards of the Nevada Department of Education. Bringing together the best in print and online resources with Connections Academy proprietary instructional tools, the NCA curriculum is designed to engage students of every level, at every level. Our goal is simple: To ensure that all students have the resources to succeed.