About Our New Mexico Online School

New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) is a tuition-free public online school serving students in grades 4–12. NMCA brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in New Mexico.

Get to Know New Mexico Connections Academy

Students, parents and teachers of our online school in New Mexico explain how online schooling from home works and what they like most about the flexibility of public online education.

The New Mexico Connections Academy Virtual School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. NMCA’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

Students at our New Mexico online school receive a great public education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our online 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 New Mexico Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in New Mexico because they care about kids and believe that 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 online 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 New Mexico Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

Jodie Dean

Meet the Principal

Jodie Dean

Jodie Dean is the principal at New Mexico Connections Academy. She is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with more than 20 years of extensive instructional and administrative experience. Ms. Dean received a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in both elementary education for grades K–8 and special education for K–12. In addition, she earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Ms. Dean most recently served as principal at Kino Junior High School, a campus of more than 1,000 students located within Mesa Public Schools, Arizona’s largest school district. Prior to that, she served as principal at Gilbert Classical Academy, a nationally ranked campus within Gilbert Public Schools that offers students a rigorous curriculum focused on college prep. Ms. Dean has also served as a teacher at the elementary and junior high levels, as well as athletic director and assistant principal.

“Every child has unique educational needs, and every family has the right to choose an education atmosphere that best meets those needs,” Ms. Dean said. “I am excited to be part of New Mexico Connections Academy, because virtual school allows me to work with parents and instructors to help our students achieve, and hopefully exceed, their academic expectations.”

Ms. Dean and her husband Brian love to snow ski and do anything outdoor related. Moving to New Mexico fulfills their dream to escape from the hot Arizona summers. The Deans are recent "empty-nesters" as both of their sons are now pursuing their careers.