South Carolina Online School from Home

South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA) is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school that students attend from home. SCCA brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in South Carolina.

Get to Know SCCA

At South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA), a virtual school in South Carolina, our students experience a quality education through the power of online learning.

Authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District

South Carolina Connections Academy opened in 2008 and is authorized under state law by the South Carolina Public Charter School District. The school is operated by the South Carolina Connections Academy Charter School, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Academy, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. The school is governed by an independent governing board, and all board meetings are open to the public. Please review our scheduled meeting dates and agendas, and information about how to attend a meeting or make a request for public records.

The School Experience

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

At SCCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our virtual 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. As a leading virtual school in South Carolina, SCCA maintains a high degree of educational accountability for all students by requiring participation in all South Carolina state testing programs.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the South 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 South 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, 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 Virtual Learning

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As 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 the virtual 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 program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of South Carolina Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

Amanda Ebel

Meet the Executive Director

Amanda Ebel

Amanda Ebel has been in education for 15 years. She has served as a public school teacher, a private school teacher and most recently, a virtual school teacher and administrator at SCCA. Mrs. Ebel’s teaching career began in 2001 at a bricks-and-mortar middle school in Los Angeles, California where she taught seventh grade English language arts and coached field hockey.

Afterwards, she began her career at SCCA in the 2009-2010 school year as a high school English teacher. She went on to serve as the high school principal and assistant principal before being appointed SCCA's executive director.

Amanda is passionate about virtual schooling and believes that all students can learn at the highest levels. In her spare time, Amanda volunteers in her community. She loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her husband and their 8-year-old daughter.

Amanda was named the 2016 Connections Academy Leader of the Year. Additionally, she also won the Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning award from the United State Distance Learning Association.


  • BA in English education from the University of Georgia
  • MA in educational administration from the Principal’s Leadership Institute (PLI) at University of California, Los Angeles
  • South Carolina Tier II certification as a secondary principal