Specialty Academies for Exceptional Talents

Students who have demonstrated talent in visual and performing arts, competitive sports, or science and technology have the opportunity to flourish at one of our three specialty academies devoted to fostering growth in these disciplines.

Open to all full-time Connections Education® middle and high school students, the Specialty Academies offer networking opportunities, specialty-focused activities, and enriching experiences to improve students’ talents and enhance their academic lives. Specialty Academy membership is an ideal way to enrich their academic lives, investigate and explore college and career options, and have the opportunity to earn a letter in their specific Specialty Academy.

Is your full-time middle or high school student interested in applying to the Specialty Academies?

Connections Education® proudly offers three individual academies: the Sports Academy, the Visual and Performing Arts Academy, and the Science and Technology Academy. The Specialty Academies program, which is in its second year, is designed for enrolled middle and high school students who are already involved in competitive sports, the visual and performing arts, or advanced STEM coursework (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

The application for all three academies is available mid-August through mid-September and mid-December through mid-January.

To learn more about the application process, click on the following links below:

Jack doing Ballet at Performing Arts Academy at National Connections AcademyVisual and Performing Arts Academy

Students who shine in all areas of the performing arts can apply to our Visual and Performing Arts Academy. In addition to their regular coursework, students will network and collaborate with other academy members, sharing tips and learning strategies for perfecting their craft. These budding artists, musicians, and thespians engage in activities such as virtual talent shows and art galleries, audition assistance, broadcasting opportunities, and interacting with professionals in the field.

Brianna diving into pool, student at Sports AcademySports Academy

Connections Academy schools are an incomparable choice for student athletes who require flexible class schedules while at home or on the road. Our Sports Academy connects student-athletes—including promising future Olympians—from across the nation so they can network and collaborate with other gifted and talented athletes, sharing sports training tips, strategies, and learning about the journey to becoming an elite athlete. Sports Academy members participate in activities such as fitness challenges, athletic training workshops, virtual interviews, learning labs, and interacting with professionals in the arena.

Science and Math Academy Hunter with Lunar LanderScience and Technology Academy

The Science and Technology Academy offers students with advanced abilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the opportunity to gain exposure to today’s cutting-edge innovations through guest experts in fields such as robotics, cyber security, environmental science, and astronomy. Academy members also enjoy opportunities to interact with like-minded students and participate in a variety of competitions and learning activities to keep students challenged and inspired.

Apply to Specialty Academies

To apply to a Specialty Academy a student must already be enrolled in a Connections Academy school. Learn more about the Specialty Academies Application Process.