Arizona State Board Authorized
The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools legally authorizes Arizona Connections Academy through state law. Our online school is operated by Arizona Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Education, LLC. This contract allows us to provide an online educational program and other services. While the school has a self-governing board of directors, all board meetings are open to the public. Scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information on how to attend a meeting or make a request for public records is always available. You can also view our online public school's annual financial report on the Arizona Department of Education website (just select Arizona Connections Academy Charter School, Inc.).
The mission of Arizona Connections Academy is to help each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program.
The Online School Experience
Our goal at Arizona Connections Academy is to collaborate with parents to ensure their students become productive, successful, and confident adults. ACA's full-time online school program can help students to build on individual strengths and learn new interests in a setting that helps them to feel safe yet connected to a large community. Some of the driving forces behind our unique approach include:
Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum
The students of ACA receive a personalized public online education at no cost. All of our virtual classes not only meet but surpass all of the state and national standards required. Teachers use the best materials, texts, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps our online students engaged in new and imaginative ways.
Teachers provide the foundation of your child's Arizona Connections Academy experience. While they are certified and specially trained to teach online, they are also gifted and passionate. Teachers choose our virtual school because they truly care about kids and believe that more personalized and individual instruction really works.
Individual Attention Approach
Every student has different abilities, but no matter what skill level, all students perform better in a nurturing learning environment with individual attention. These principles are the foundation of Arizona Connections Academy and our Personalized Performance Learning® approach. With our method, teachers quickly get to know your child's learning style, skill sets, and interests. This allows them to give every student the attention he or she needs and better opportunities to excel. Our online students then experience accelerated learning in areas of strength or get the extra attention needed in areas of weakness.
Learning through Parent Support
When parents have an active role in their children's education, their children prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents quickly become closely involved in their child's daily education. Parent involvement allows you to see actual progress every day while working with teachers to keep students on track. This daily interaction with your child is often one of the most gratifying aspects of our online school program.
Arizona Connections Academy's user-friendly technology system, Connexus®, allows online school students access to a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere an Internet connection is available. Our easy-to-use technology makes it easy to schedule lessons and access grades, too!
Socialization and Community
Just because your child is learning online doesn't mean he or she is learning alone. Our virtual settings include regular online LiveLesson® sessions and offer opportunities to share experiences and ideas as well as have fun learning together. There are also chances to go to in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. The flexibility of our program creates endless opportunities for students to explore extracurricular activities outside of Arizona Connections Academy or even through our Connections Academy's clubs!