Tuition-Free Virtual Academy in North Carolina

North Carolina Connections Academy (NCCA) is a tuition-free virtual public school that students in grades K–11 attend from home. The school will add one grade per year, ultimately serving students in grades K–12. Working with Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED, NCCA brings a full-time public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in North Carolina.

Approved by the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools

North Carolina Connections Academy submitted its application for a virtual charter school to the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools, Department of Public Instruction. On February 5, 2015, the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously approved NCCA.

What Is A Virtual School? The Benefits of Online Learning

Get a comprehensive overview of the virtual school experience at Connections Academy schools, including K-12 online curriculum, online education technology, teachers, school community, and socialization opportunities.

The Virtual School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. North Carolina 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 Online Education, Outstanding Curriculum

At NCCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our online 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 North Carolina Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in North Carolina 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, online 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 virtual school 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 an 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 virtual school program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of North Carolina Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

Nathan Currie

Meet the Superintendent

Nathan Currie

Nathan Currie brings more than 14 years of educational experience to North Carolina Connections Academy (NCCA). He began his career as a teacher at Hanford Dole Elementary where he was named Teacher of the Year. Since then, Mr. Currie has had many academic leadership roles including assistant principal at North Rowan Middle, director of middle schools and special programs for Duplin County Schools, principal at H.D. Isenberg Elementary, and assistant superintendent of administration/athletics for Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

As assistant superintendent, he achieved a 1:1 digital conversion for students, which allowed each of them to reap the benefits of a digital device. Mr. Currie is excited to continue helping students achieve success NCCA.

He says, "I am excited that North Carolina will become more leading edge and innovative in education by providing virtual school access to families and children throughout the state. With the support of certified North Carolina teachers, students will now have the flexibility to interact with their curriculum and educational resources at their own pace—all within the comforts of their home. I am thrilled to lead this school; creating a digital footprint for how we are changing education in North Carolina with technology."


  • EdD in education leadership, High Point University
  • MEd in administration and supervision, University of Phoenix
  • BA in elementary education, Livingstone College