The Virtual School Experience
Our school leaders and students’ parents share a common goal: to teach our students how to become successful, productive, confident adults. ALCA provides a full-time online public school program that helps students develop and build individual strengths and interests in a setting that is safe yet connected to a larger community. Following are some of the higher standards of our distinctive approach:
Cost-Free Online Education, Superior Curriculum
At ALCA, students are given the opportunity to receive a quality public education online at no charge—meaning that absolutely no tuition or materials fees are required. Our virtual school classes follow all national and state education standards and use the best texts available in order to create a rigorous curriculum that is totally engaging and creative.
Teachers provide the groundwork for your child’s successful Alabama Connections Academy experience. They are talented, certified, and trained to teach online. Teachers are often drawn to our online school because they want to give their students the one-on-one personalized instruction they need.
Students all have different abilities, but with individual nurturing and attention, all students perform better in any given learning environment. These driving principles are the basis of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach. Our method gives online teachers the chance to get to know students and their individual learning styles, skills, and interests—which in turn provides each student with better opportunities to excel. This approach puts students on the fast track in their areas of strength and gives them the extra attention needed in areas of weakness.
When parents choose to play an active role in their child’s education, the child prospers. Our students’ parents have the opportunity to serves as Learning Coaches and can choose to be closely involved in the daily education of their children. As a Learning Coach, you are able to witness your child’s daily progress and work with teachers to help keep things on track. Parents often say this involvement is one of the most rewarding aspects of our online school program.
Connections Academy utilizes Connexus®, a user-friendly system that gives students access to our collaborative learning program from anywhere that has an Internet connection. Parents enjoy our easy-to-use system, especially when it comes to scheduling lessons and accessing grades.
Socialization, Community, and Friendships
Online learning doesn’t mean your child will be learning alone. Our virtual school experience includes regular online LiveLesson® sessions with other students and provides opportunities to compare experiences, share ideas, and have a little fun while learning together. We also provide chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips, and other activities. The flexibility of our virtual school program allows our students to pursue and explore a variety of extracurricular activities outside ALCA, as well as through Connections Academy’s clubs!