Tuition-Free Virtual Academy in Washington

Washington Connections Academy (WACA) is a tuition-free virtual public school that students in grades K–10 attend from home. The school will add one grade per year, ultimately serving students in grades K–12. Working with Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED, WACA brings a full-time public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Washington.

Washington Connections Academy (WACA) is operated in partnership with the Mary M. Knight school district. All WACA services are offered by the Mary M. Knight school district under contract with Connections Academy.



What Is A Virtual School? The Benefits of Online Learning

Get a comprehensive overview of the virtual school experience at Connections Academy schools, including K–12 online curriculum, online education technology, teachers, school community, and socialization opportunities.

The Virtual School Experience

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

At WACA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our online 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.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the Washington Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Washington 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, online 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 Learning

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

Michael Lunde

Meet the Principal

Michael Lunde

Michael Lunde is the principal of Washington Connections Academy (WACA). Mr. Lunde began his career in education in 2004 and joined the Connection Education family in 2009. He has taught in both a traditional and online academic environment, and also served as assistant and interim principal of Wyoming Connections Academy. While at Wyoming Connections Academy, Mr. Lunde supported teacher collaboration throughout the school by establishing data driven, goal based professional learning communities.

Mr. Lunde is passionate about online learning because it meets the educational needs of all types of students and provides them with many opportunities. He has often stated that he wishes Connections Academy was around when he was in school. “The ability to individualize learning for each student is so much greater. Teachers have the tools and time to connect with each student one-to-one on a regular basis,” Mr. Lunde says.

Outside of being an educator, Mr. Lunde loves spending time with his family: his wife, two children, and dog. He also enjoys reading, skiing, running, and coaching youth sports.

Education:

  • Bachelor of science, Social sciences with teacher Licensure, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • Master of arts, Educational administration, University of Wyoming