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Learn more about Wisconsin Connections Academy

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

Authorized by Appleton Area School District

WCA is authorized under state law by the Appleton Area School District. The school is operated by the Appleton Area School District and the Wisconsin Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Academy, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. Our staff and teachers are employees of the Appleton Area School District. The school is governed by the Appleton Area School Board and advised by an independent Board of Directors, 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.

Staff, Community, Curriculum

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

Meet Michelle Mueller, WCA Principal
WCA Principal Michelle Mueller

Michelle Mueller has been with WCA since we opened our doors as Wisconsin’s first virtual charter school in 2002. First as a teacher and now as principal, she’s helped the school grow to serve over 700 K–12 students throughout Wisconsin. With traditional teaching experience ranging from middle-level mathematics to adult basic education, Mrs. Mueller appreciates the unique benefits of online schooling:

“I love working at a virtual school. I enjoy making sure that every child is supported, whatever the situation. Of course I'm not alone here. WCA has what I think is the best group of teachers I’ve ever worked with—many whom have been teaching here for years. And that dedication and love of what they do translate into success for all of our students.”


  • B.S in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh
  • M.S. in Education Administration 
  • Certification in Adult Basic Education

Join Mrs. Mueller for a school tour in her post to the Connections Academy blog.

Administration and Staff

Principal Michelle Mueller leads this Wisconsin online school with a dedicated staff that includes:

  • State-certified teachers designated  as Highly Qualified under the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • Talented support staff.

Wisconsin Online School Community

Wisconsin Connections Academy isn't simply a Wisconsin online school.  It’s a supportive community of:

Wisconsin Online School Curriculum

The WCA curriculum is designed by national education experts and customized to meet the specific standards state standards. Bringing together the best in texts and online resources with Connections Academy proprietary instructional tools, the WCA 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.