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Arizona Connections Academy: Our Online Curriculum

Delivering high-quality text curriculum and interactive learning tools, Arizona Connections Academy (ACA) gives students both the structure and the freedom needed to succeed at school and in life.

A Highly Effective Alternative

Unlike traditional public or homeschool curriculum, ACA's online school curriculum is designed with a blend of both structured lessons and self-paced learning. This unique approach helps students gain the knowledge and thinking skills needed for reaching their full potential.

At each grade level, the online classes at Arizona Connections Academy help students develop advanced learning through "The Four Cs":

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving
  2. Communication
  3. Creativity and innovation
  4. Collaboration

Curriculum Development

Top educational publishers and curriculum specialists have come together to provide Arizona Connections Academy with a comprehensive, high-quality online curriculum for grades K–12.

Each member of ACA's online curriculum development team has teaching experience, subject matter expertise, and advanced degrees in instructional design, curriculum development, and technology education. This exceptional team reviews and selects the finest texts and instructional materials from leading publishers and integrates them into easy-to-follow units, lessons, and activities. As a result, each student gets the education he or she deserves.

The Connections Academy expert in-house multimedia team consists of videographers, graphic designers, and computer programmers who work hard to supplement the curriculum by creating engaging interactive tools and resources that get students involved in learning. Teachlet tutorials and learning games bring subjects to life with exciting graphics, instructional videos, and insightful audio.

Core Subjects and Electives

Arizona Connections Academy is a fully accredited virtual school program and puts the best resources right at the student's fingertips. This allows students to master all of the required core subjects, including mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. Also offered are gifted and talented, honors, and Advanced PlacementⓇ* courses.

As part of a well-rounded education, stimulating K–12 online elective courses give students the opportunity to explore new and varied interests. Elective subjects include music, world languages, sign language, home life, digital arts, game design, and more.

Built for Success

Since education should help prepare students for work, college, and life, ACA's online curriculum is designed to meet the diverse needs of all students. By identifying the skills and objectives needed, lessons are created to help students learn. By providing assessments along the way, student progress is measured and subject mastery is built.

At Connections Academy, the curriculum is frequently evaluated, regularly revised, and always improving. This ensures that the content is effective, up to date, and aligns with state and national standards.

As part of this ongoing review, students and parents are asked to rate each lesson. After nearly four million evaluations, Connections Academy is proud to have received an average lesson rating of 4.2 out of a 5-star rating system.

* AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.


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