Tuition-free Online School in Southern California

Meet the Brems Family

Virtual School: A Day in the Life of a Connections Academy Family

Capistrano Connections Academy (CapoCA) is an online charter school that serves students in grades K–12. As a tuition-free online school in Southern California, CapoCA brings a fully accredited public education directly into the homes of students throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

Authorized under State Law by the Capistrano Unified School District 

CapoCA is authorized under state law by the Capistrano Unified School District. The school is operated by the Capistrano 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 Board of Directors and all meetings are open to the public. Please review our scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information on how to attend a meeting or make a request for public records.

Meet Richard Savage, Executive Director
Principle Richard Savage

Dr. Savage, along with his wife and four children, comes to Connections Academy with 14 years of experience in education. After teaching High School Spanish and coaching soccer and volleyball for five years, he became a Vice Principal at an urban socio-economically challenged high school in Southern California. He worked there for six years as a Vice Principal serving an under-served student population of over 2,500 students. After working to and finally succeeding in bringing AVHS out from under state sanctions, he served as Principal for three years at CJSHS, a small rural 7th through 12th grade school located at the northern end of the Napa Valley.

At CJSHS, Dr. Savage coordinated a Distinguished School Award, a successful 6 year Accreditation from WASC, and school wide Project-based Learning implementation with an 80% Free and Reduced and 50% EL student population.

He states, “The innovative world of online learning is at the forefront of the future of education. It affords the staff at Connections Academy the opportunity to engage students in many different ways. I believe that all children can learn, technology is an integral part of the educational process, and that the teacher-student relationship is an essential component of a child’s education I look forward to implementing a wide variety of strategies to ensure student success.”

Education:

  • B.A. in Spanish Secondary Education, with a minor in PE and Coaching from Brigham Young University
  • M.A. in Education Administration at California State University Bakersfield
  • Ph. D. Organizational Leadership at the University of Laverne

Notices and Information for the Public

As a public charter school, CapoCA is committed to meeting the State of California’s rigorous standards for academic achievement and accountability. Our school board adopts a regular meeting schedule which is open to the public. Visit our School Board Info page for further information.

Staff, Community, Curriculum

With a caring staff, an outstanding curriculum, and a vibrant school community, CapoCA is a leader in high-quality virtual learning in Southern California.

Administration and Staff

Principal Richard Savage leads a dedicated staff that includes:

Community

Capistrano Connections Academy isn't just a Southern California online school. It’s a supportive community of:

Curriculum

The CapoCA curriculum is designed by national education experts and customized to meet the specific standards of the California Department of Education. Bringing together the best in print and online resources with Connections Academy proprietary instructional tools, the CapoCA curriculum is designed to engage students of every level. Our goal is simple: To ensure that all students have the resources they need to succeed.