South Carolina Connections Academy FAQs
How did South Carolina Connections Academy come to be?
In Spring 2007, the South Carolina Legislature passed H3097, a bill that allowed virtual charter schools in the state. Parents and educators who came together from around the state to support that legislation then formed a Charter Committee to develop the South Carolina Connections Academy charter school application, which was approved unanimously by the board of the South Carolina Public Charter School District on February 7, 2008. This is South Carolina’s very first statewide virtual charter school.
Who is eligible to attend South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA)?
Students entering grades K–12 residing anywhere in South Carolina are eligible to attend
Is there anything unique about how the Connections Academy program will work in South Carolina?
Yes. H3097 set some specific standards for virtual charter schools, including a requirement that 25% of instruction be "in real-time." Connections Academy offers a wide range of opportunities for students to participate in direct instruction including real-time, online instruction via LiveLesson® sessions; phone instruction; mandatory state testing sessions; and field trips. Families who enroll should be prepared for more synchronous interaction with their teachers. These opportunities are designed to enhance the learning experience while maintaining as much flexibility as possible for our families. If you have further questions, please contact the school principal.
What kind of technology does my family need to participate?
If you have access to a PC meeting these minimum requirements, any Internet connection, and a printer, then you have all the technology you'll need.
What if I do not have a computer and/or Internet access and/or a printer?
Based on its current budget resources, South Carolina Connections Academy does not provide computers, printers, or an Internet subsidy for students enrolling in the school.
Does Connections Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?
For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Connections Academy provides a continuum of virtual special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy provides students with IEPs with related services, that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy, as determined by the IEP team. For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Connections Academy develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.
How does South Carolina Connections Academy support students with disabilities?
Federal law requires South Carolina Connections Academy to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. South Carolina Connections Academy is committed to providing its students with equal access to its education program. We provide students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student is in need of assistance in order to fully participate in South Carolina Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school's special education director at firstname.lastname@example.org or the school’s 504 coordinator at email@example.com. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.
How do I request a transcript?
Complete this form to request an official school transcript. Fax or mail this form to South Carolina Connections Academy. If you have any questions, please contact us.
What makes SCCA a quality choice for your child's education?
At SCCA, we believe that a quality education is one that helps each student achieve his or her highest potential. Learn more about exactly what we do to bring that quality education to our students.
Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?
South Carolina Connections Academy is accredited by the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.
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