Tuition-Free Wyoming Online School

Established in July 2009, Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA)* is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school that students attend from home. WYCA brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Wyoming.


Get to Know Wyoming Connections Academy

WYCA gives students the flexibility to learn from home in an engaging environment that's varied between multi-student and one-on-one learning experiences.

Authorized by Big Horn County School District #1

WYCA is authorized under state law as a distance learning program of Big Horn County School District #1 and operates under the Wyoming Switchboard Network. The district representative for this school is Shon Hocker, shocker@bgh1.k12.wy.us. The school is operated through a contract with Connections Academy, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services.

The Wyoming Connections Academy Online School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Wyoming 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 WYCA, virtual 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 online students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the Wyoming Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Wyoming 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 at our virtual academy get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every online learner 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 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 online 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 school 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 for our online students 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 Wyoming Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

* The school was established in July 2009 as Jackson Hole Connections Academy. In 2011, the school name changed to Wyoming Connections Academy, which is now authorized by Big Horn County School District #1.

Shannon Siebert

Meet the Principal

Shannon Siebert

I am very excited for the future of online education, especially in Wyoming! We are such a large and beautiful state with a culture all its own. Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA) helps serve the needs of individual students by offering comprehensive curriculum, supportive teachers, and flexibility for families. I remember first starting as a teacher for WYCA and being amazed at the program and opportunities it provides. I have always wanted to be in education and used to regularly tell my family I would be a fourth and fifth grade teacher. In the last few years, I have been lucky enough to do just that for WYCA, and now have the privilege of serving our students as principal and school leader. My ultimate goal for education is to always aim for what is best for the student and provide the support that he or she needs to be successful.

I grew up in several places around Wyoming, but always called Cody home as it was the place we always came back to. I graduated from Cody High School and attended Northwest College in Powell. My family and I now call Powell home and we love the community here! We enjoy helping out some of the youth in our area by volunteering as the 4H Archery leaders for Park County. It is amazing how we travel around the state and always seem to run into one of our Connections families.

WYCA provides learning opportunities and choices for students, opening up endless possibilities for their future!