Keeping Virtual Students Connected

Even in virtual schooling, students are connected to a community. They meet regularly in online LiveLesson® sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. Students are always able to choose the level of social interaction they’re comfortable with—whether in a Connections Academy online club or in their own community.

Connections Academy offers many ways for students to meet and learn through field tripsvolunteer projectsonline clubstalent networks, and special events. These socialization opportunities give students a chance to explore the world around them and form friendships with other students. They help students gain social confidence, learn teamwork, and develop leadership and communication skills. And, they’re just plain fun!

Allowing Flexibility for Extracurriculars

Many students attending Connections Academy schools are busy with activities in their local communities. The flexibility of the program allows students to take advantage of more extracurricular activities. We encourage every student to find and explore interests outside of the classroom that also help build confidence and character.



Online Student Experience at Connections Academy

Hear directly from one of our Connections Academy students as she describes how the many extracurricular opportunities like student clubs and student talent networks connect students with shared interests.

Working with Families

Families are a crucial part of an online student’s educational experience. We recognize that the same routine does not work for every student and family. That’s why Connections Academy gives you the freedom to design a schedule that includes volunteer work, sports, performing arts, and other pursuits.

Parents, in particular, serve a very important role, as they often play the role of the “Learning Coach,” keeping the student on track and regularly communicating with teachers.

Families can connect with teachers, school counselors, community coordinators, and other parents both online and in person through:

  • Open houses and Learning Coach training online and at local teaching centers
  • Secure Message Boards where parents can post questions, tips, and resources for helping students succeed
  • The Virtual Learning Connections blog, where Learning Coaches find tips and information on a variety of topics for busy virtual schooling families
  • Club ORANGE, a network of Connections Academy parents who are highly involved in the Connections Academy community

Participating in the Community at Large

At Connections Academy, we also want students to understand that they’re a part of a broader community. So, with help from Learning Coaches and community coordinators, we arrange volunteer activities and participation at other community events.