Arizona Connections Academy News

  • January 4, 2022 – ACA student, Loralei Cook, is named a top candidate for the 2022 Flinn Scholarship. Learn more in the SanTan Sun News.
  • November 10, 2021 – ACA students AJ and Ella Pinto are featured in the Town of Paradise Valley Independent about how they are passionate about the environment with various cleanup projects and why they chose online school. (Select the Nov. 10th edition, page A22 to read the full article.)
  • February 23, 2021 – ACA student Jax Towe will be a recurring guest star on Season 5 of TNT’s Animal Kingdom. Read more about his story in Arizona Foothills Magazine.
  • December 23, 2020 – ACA student Jenna LiBrandi sends 154 cards to local senior living community to help brighten their holiday. Learn more on
  • July 21, 2020 – ACA graduate Nathan Ponwith returns to Arizona State University's men's tennis team, as reported by The Sun Devils
  • July 16, 2020 – ACA Principal Heather Noto gives tips for educators as many students across the state will begin the school year online. Learn more in this KOLD-TV segment.
  • March 31, 2020 – ACA Principal Heather Noto helps families establish an at-home learning space during KOLD-TV segment.
  • November 30, 2019 – ACA student Denton Dunning chose online education so he can one day become the best roper in the world. Read more on AZ Central
  • October 2019 – ACA student Kylie Hunts-In-Winter is the Golden Rule Student of the Month—Hear her talk about her academics and martial arts expertise in AZ TV
  • July 30, 2019 – ACA recent graduate Malorie Lundgren is pursuing her ballets dreams, heading to New York for an apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet! Learn more in Chandler Lifestyle and SanTan Sun News
  • July 4, 2019 – ACA graduate Brighton Yarbrough used the flexibility of online school to balance advanced classes and a part-time job! Learn more in the Herald Review
  • June 2019 – ACA graduates over 100 students with the Class of 2019! Learn about local graduates in the West Valley View, Eastern Arizona Courier, Glendale Star
  • May 9, 2019 – ACA student Tiana Barnum used the flexibility of online school to become the youngest student at East Mesa Karate to earn her black belt! Learn more in the East Valley Tribune
  • May 2, 2019 – ACA student Kristopher Luo recently won a STEM competition for his smart baby car seat invention, which could help prevent hot car deaths! Learn more on FOX 10
  • March 26, 2019 – ACA student Bryan Wilson is traveling the nation as a Bison Buddy ambassador for the National Parks Trust! Learn more about his journey in the Arizona Republic
  • December 10, 2018 — ACA can be a great education option for a variety of students! Local blogger Jess explains in this Wildish Jess post, "What is best for your child's education?"
  • October 22, 2018 — ACA Principal Heather Noto addresses common misconceptions about online school student-teacher interaction. Learn more in the
  • October 5, 2018 — ACA student Jacob and mom Christy Ploog enjoy a "Science and Slices" field trip! Learn more about the new in-person science experiments in the West Valley View
  • September 19, 2018— ACA grad Ryland Phipps receives Davis Memorial Foundation scholarship. Learn more in the Roofers Coffee Shop
  • August 21, 2018 — ACA grad Emma McGill signs with Seattle University swim team. Learn more in the Swim Swam
  • August 6, 2018 — ACA Online School Returns To High Demand, Satisfied Parents. Learn more in the PR Web
  • July 4, 2018 — ACA students Katie Baker, Gabriella Bowens, Kylie Wesson, Maysoon Jaber graduate with Class of 2018. Learn more in the West Valley View
  • June 27, 2018 — ACA student Flame Yarbrough of Sierra Vista graduates from online school. Learn more in the Herald Review
  • June 26, 2018 — ACA student Brandee Wadlow of Lakeside among graduating Class of 2018. Learn more in the White Mountain Independent
  • June 4, 2018 — ACA student Bryan Wilson is named a Buddy Bison Student Ambassador! Learn more about the program and Bryan's love for the outdoors in the Arizona Highways
  • May 14, 2018 — ACA student Ryland Phipps earns Elks National Foundation scholarship. Learn more about this student athlete in the
  • May 10, 2018 — ACA student Kylie Hunts-in-Winter is headed to Kaiping, China with Mesa’s Sister Cities program. Learn more in the Nearby News
  • March 7, 2018 — ACA student John Duey uses the flexibility of online school to work on his family's ranch and compete in rodeo events. Learn more in the Daily Miner
  • January 13, 2018 — ACA student Steve Wongso wins the Arizona State Grade Chess Championship. Learn more in the Daily Sun
  • December 8, 2017 — ACA student Trey McDonald performs in local production of Elf The Musical JR. Learn more in the East Valley Tribune
  • November 23, 2017 — ACA Learning Coach Veronica Lomeli expresses her thanks for the virtual school option in the My News Mesa
  • November 1, 2017 — ACA student Steve Wongso uses the flexibility of online school to travel internationally and compete in chess tournaments. Learn more in the Gilbert Sun News on page 45
  • August 16, 2017 — ACA Principal Kerri Wright discuss the online school model, and student Ryan Williams shares how the flexibility helps him as an internationally competitive dancer on KNXV
  • July 4, 2017 — ACA graduate Delaney Schnell joins University of Arizona diving program. Learn more in KPVI
  • June 12, 2017 — ACA student Sarina Senger is a published author! Learn more about her book, and the online school teacher that inspired her in the Daily Miner
  • May 25, 2017 — ACA Principal Kerri Wright congratulates the Class of 2017 in this Scottsdale Independent letter to the editor
  • March 4, 2017 — ACA student Delaney Schnell to participate in diving competition in China, reports the Arizona Daily Star
  • September 11, 2016 — DeAndre Ayton, ACA student and No.1 ranked high school basketball player, talks with the Arizona Daily Star about his basketball journey and signing with the University of Arizona
  • September 6, 2016 — ACA student and No. 1 basketball recruit DeAndre Ayton commits to University of Arizona, reports USA Today High School Sports
  • September 2, 2016 — ACA student Ashton Brown is recognized with a Community Service Award for helping save his family from a house fire. Learn more about this story in the Casa Grande Dispatch
  • July 9, 2016 — ACA and Hillcrest Prep student DeAndre Ayton shines at the Peach Jam basketball tournament. Learn more about this top basketball prospect in the Augusta Chronicle
  • June 2016 — Students graduate from ACA during an in-person commencement ceremony. View announcements of several members of the Class of 2016 in the White Mountain Independent and Florence Reminder
  • May 19, 2016 — Read commencement speeches by ACA student speaker Taylor Kepler and ACA alum Emily Martin, delivered during the school's in-person graduation ceremony
  • May 17, 2016 — ACA student and Hillcrest Prep basketball player Dontez Thomas improves his academics and earns a scholarship to Fort Lewis College. Learn more on AZ Central
  • March 14, 2016 — ACA student and No. 1-rated high school basketball player DeAndre Ayton is using the flexibility of online school to pursue his dreams! Hear from DeAndre and Hillcrest Prep program director Matt Allen about the team's use of the online school in USA Today High School Sports
  • March 8, 2016 — ACA student Thomas Szczepaniak earns his Eagle Scout rank for his project building a new shade structure at the local animal shelter, reports the Park Pioneer
  • February 1, 2016 — In this Arizona Republic op-ed, ACA teachers Karen Fullmer, Deanna Woerner and Steve Wilmot offer tips for parents helping their students with math
  • January 24, 2016 — In this Valley Views interview, ACA Principal Kerri Wright discusses school choice in Arizona, how the online school option works, and why it can be a great fit for many types of students
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