Helping students of all ages thrive

Years of experience providing online learning

Schools supported across 31 states

ABOUT US

Putting Your Child’s Future in Motion

Your child deserves every opportunity to succeed—in the classroom and in their life ahead. At Connections Academy®, our K–12 online public school expands the ways your child can learn. All while igniting their passions and helping them gain the life skills they need to thrive in the modern world. Adaptability. Versatility. Open-mindedness. And a love of the opportunities that change brings.

FIND YOUR LOCAL CONNECTIONS ACADEMY SCHOOL

For Where You Are Today. And Where Your Child Wants to Be Tomorrow.

At Connections Academy, we offer tuition-free online public school to students across the nation. Wherever you live, we can help your child go far. Learn about the Connections Academy in your area.

100K+

Students enrolled

45 Schools

Across 31 states

97%

Of parents are satisfied with the helpfulness of their child's Connections Academy teacher.

95%

Of parents agree the Connections Academy curriculum is high-quality.

96%

Of parents are satisfied with the Connections Academy program.

THE ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

How We Put Students on the Right Learning Path

RESOURCE HUB

Resources that Energize Virtual Learning

Is online school right for your child? At Connections Academy, we ignite curiosities, discover passions, and empower lifelong learning. View our videos, articles and guides to see how K–12 online school is done right.

View Our Resource Hub 

  • 5 Tips for Transferring to a Virtual School Midyear

    by Valerie Kirk

    A smiling teenager holding a notebook

    It’s estimated that 11% of Americans moved during the pandemic. Whether driven by the newfound ability to work remotely from anywhere, low interest rates, or seeking states with more – or fewer –COVID-19 restrictions, millions of Americans decided it was time for a change of scenery – and they haven’t stopped. For families with school-aged kids, moves across town or across the country means many children have to transfer schools.  

    Traditionally, families plan their move over the summer so their kids are settled in time for the first day of school in the fall. That isn’t always possible though, causing kids to transfer schools midyear. Additionally, some parents opt to change schools midyear because their child is bored, has health or social issues, or isn’t getting the individualized attention they need

    Many families transferring schools midyear are turning to online schools for several reasons. While the number of students enrolled in online schools was growing before the pandemic, many families—especially Connections Academy families—discovered the benefits of online school during the pandemic, and now they embrace virtual learning for their students.  

    The format of virtual school eases the student’s transition from one school to another. And with a little advanced planning, transferring to an online school can be easy, and the student can soon achieve both academic and social and emotional success. If your family is thinking about making the switch, here are some tips to help with a seamless transition to online school. 

     

    1. Not All Online Schools are Created Equal  

    Do your homework to be sure you’re choosing a high-quality virtual school – one that employs professional and certified/licensed teachers and school counselors. Make sure the school is accredited and offers a wide range of courses and a proven curriculum developed by professional educators. Talk to parents with students currently enrolled in the school and get their insights into the school staff and curriculum. 

     

    2. Plan Ahead 

    The semester break is an ideal time to switch to online school. Large projects and other in-depth lessons are typically completed before the end of the semester, with teachers diving into new content areas at the beginning of the next semester. Making the change at the semester break allows your student to finish any projects at their old school and start their new online school at a time when new projects are just being assigned. Also, several online school electives and other courses are semester-long courses.  Starting online school at the beginning of the new semester allows your student to enroll in those classes from the very beginning, limiting missed content.  

    If you are thinking about making the switch to online school, find out when the semester break happens, and use that information to set a target start date for the new school 

    Of course, sometimes life throws you a curve ball—like surprise job changes or family matters. In that case, reach out to the virtual school’s guidance counselors and enrollment officials so they can help you navigate the school transfer smoothly. 

     

    3. Get Your Paperwork in Order 

    It takes time to complete the online school’s enrollment process, so parents should start it sooner rather than later. Check with enrollment officials at the new school for admission deadlines and a list of required documents, which could include: 

    • Application forms 
    • Transcripts 
    • Birth certificate 
    • Immunization records 
    • Other state-specific paperwork 

     

    4. Pay Attention to Transfer Credits 

    Many schools don’t mail fall semester report cards until the spring semester, making it tricky for some parents to prove course completion and to get students’ credits transferred to the new online school. Parents facing this situation should check with their new school’s enrollment counselors to find out what alternative paperwork they can supply, and then they should request it from their previous school. 

     

    5. Maintain an Open Dialogue 

    Going through a midyear school transfer doesn’t end once your student starts classes. Be sure to listen carefully and address your student’s questions and concerns. Continue to communicate with school staff regularly. Teachers, counselors, and administrators are there to help. Maintaining an open dialogue with them is key to a smooth transition to virtual school. 

     

    It's Never Too Late to Make the Switch to Online School 

    At no time in history have parents had so many different options for their student’s education, including brick-and-mortar public and private schools, online public and private schoolshomeschoolcharter schools, and learning pods.   

    Learn why it’s never too late to make the transfer to online school. You can also join one of Connections Academy’s information sessions to learn more about our online public schools to see they are a good fit for your student’s learning journey.   

    read more
WE’RE HERE TO HELP

*Indicates Required

Thanks for getting in touch,

We appreciate you taking the time to sign up for our free eGuide. We look forward to sharing all the ways our online public school can help your child thrive.

Receive Our

FREE EGUIDE

Please complete this form to download your free online school eGuide today. You will also receive email updates with event invitations, learning tips, and more.

By submitting this form, you consent to receive autodialed marketing calls or text messages from Connections Academy and other educational opportunities at the phone number you provided and agree to our Terms of UsePrivacy Policy and acknowledge that you are at least 18 years of age. You may opt out of receiving these communications at any time. If you do not consent, contact us for more details.