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Connections Academy Virtual Schools to Launch 2011–12 Enrollment Season on April 1, 2011

21% Growth in the Number of Virtual Public Schools Across the Nation, Over 600 Parent Information Sessions Mark Leading Virtual School Provider’s 10 Year Anniversary

Baltimore (April 1, 2011)—Connections Academy (www.ConnectionsAcademy.com ), a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual K–12 schooling, today launches its 2011–12 enrollment season. Growing demand for CA’s exceptional home-based public education has spurred a 21 percent growth in the number of CA virtual public schools over the past year. As a result of this boom, CA will host over 350 free in-person Information Sessions across the country and nearly 300 virtual Information Sessions for families wanting to learn about CA schools. Complete information about Connections Academy virtual public schools and the National Connections Academy private school may be found on online at www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

At the information sessions families can meet with a Connections Academy representative and other parents, thoroughly explore the school’s program and curriculum, and learn about the enrollment process. Other topics covered include: how teachers interact with students in the virtual environment, the benefits of personalized learning, college preparation, socialization, the role of the parent or other Learning Coach, and the use of technology.

A complete Information Session schedule with dates and locations is available at www.ConnectionsAcademy.com or by calling (800) 382–6010. For those unable to attend an in-person Information Session, real-time virtual sessions with a school representative are available. Through another option, Parent-to-Parent meetings, interested families have the opportunity to speak with current CA families in a more casual setting.

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Prospective students and their parents can also learn about Connections Academy via numerous social networks.  Families may follow Connections Academy on Facebook and Twitter, join a Yahoo group, watch videos on YouTube and read Virtual Learning Connections, the Connections Academy blog for families interested in supporting K–12 learning from home.

Connections Academy celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2011, a decade in which the e–learning innovator redefined K–12 education in the United States, and set a new standard for delivering high-quality, highly accountable virtual education to students. The decade was also marked by dramatic growth in both the size and scope of the company’s e-learning solutions.  Connections Academy has enjoyed double-digit gains every single year for the past 10 years in both schools and student enrollments, going from two schools serving 400 students to 23 schools in the 2011–2012 school year expecting to serve 40,000 students. Connections Academy has served a total of more than 100,000 students in their decade of operation.

CA schools deliver top-quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers; a proven curriculum; technology tools; and community experiences to create a supportive and successful school environment.

The non–traditional school environment can be a great fit for all types of students including those who are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom, those who need a flexible schedule or learn at a different pace from their peers, and those who need more individualized attention or live in isolated rural settings. Homebound and previously home—schooled students can also thrive in Connections Academy’s program.

CA’s decade of growth has been fueled by student and family response to its proven track record of success in helping students achieve their maximum potential for academic and emotional success. This success has been documented by consistently strong student performance on a wide range of standardized tests, as well as honors like Ohio Connections Academy’s “Excellent” rating on the 2009–10 state report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.  Equally significant, in every annual parent satisfaction survey over the past eight years, at least 90 percent of CA parents have given the overall CA program a grade of “A” or “B.”  While in the 2010–11 survey, 94% of parents with students enrolled in a CA school said that they recommend the online program to other families.

CA parents from across the country praise the CA program, its exceptional certified teachers, and high quality curriculum:

"The curriculum is great! The lesson plans are easy to follow and they allow us to expand a lesson in order to explore a subject so we don't feel like we are being limited. Our children don't view most of the lessons as school "work"—they think they are having fun."

“Both of my children love Connections Academy. My son has made wonderful improvements, not only academically but also with his confidence. My daughter has moved up a grade level. She loves the challenge she gets from Connections Academy.”

"All of our friends and family have been impressed with what the children are learning and with the projects they complete. We have been impressed with how easy it is for us to allow our children access to a top quality education!"

"An experienced teacher is just an email or a phone call away. Once we got into the flow of the program and Theresa got accustomed to the new way of schooling, we found we loved it. For me it was the best of both worlds. I could have my children learning at home in a safe atmosphere, I could be involved, and we have the expertise of a qualified teacher!"

"A plethora of field trips, parent and student chat rooms, LiveLesson® sessions, and the teacher message boards are some of the ways that parents, teachers, and students stay connected daily. These tools provide a way for CA families to meet each other as well as improving on the daily learning experience for the students."

About Connections Academy 

Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2011–12 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 22 states via 23 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com