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Tuition-Free Virtual School in Arkansas

Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA) is a virtual public school that is tuition-free and serves students in grades K–12. Working with Connections Education, which is accredited by Cognia, formerly AdvancED, ARCA brings a full-time public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Arkansas.

Supported by the Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel

Arkansas Connections Academy submitted its application for an online public charter school to the Arkansas Department of Education. On November 17, 2015, the Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel approved ARCA. On January 14, 2016, the Arkansas State Board of Education met and approved the decision made by the Charter Authorizing Panel.

Our Mission

Arkansas Connections Academy will offer families throughout the state access to a quality education by providing the personalized learning inherent in a high quality online school. ARCA will provide a complete public school experience for students in grades K–12 focusing on the students' academic growth, social and emotional needs, and post-secondary goals.

The school will embody multiple hallmarks of excellence: a rigorous curriculum aligned to the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks; licensed teachers actively engaged with students and families; and an educational management system designed to provide accountability through data collection, analysis, and reporting.

The Virtual School Experience

At ARCA, we share a vision with parents: to see students become productive, successful, confident adults. Arkansas Connections Academy’s full-time virtual school program helps strengthen students in their individual skills and interests while being safe and connecting to the broader community.

Below are a few of the driving forces behind this unique approach:

Free Online Education, Outstanding Curriculum

ARCA students receive a complete education at no cost. There are no material fees and no tuition charges. Our online school courses not only meet but also may exceed state and national standards, while integrating the best materials, texts, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the Arkansas Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, and certified, as well as specially trained to be excellent online teachers. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Arkansas because they care about students and believe that personalized one-on-one instruction really works.

Individual Attention

Each student has unique abilities and interests, and all students perform better when they receive individual, caring instruction. These guiding principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach. Using this method, online teachers get to know every student’s individual style and strengths, and they can help the students excel in the way that is best for them. This approach also allows students more time with subjects they have yet to master, and they can leap forward in subjects where they already comprehend the material.

The teachers set up individualized time with our daughters each week to help in the areas they may need assistance. There is a school office local to us, and the staff there is wonderful! You can tell they all truly care about our children.


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Parent-Supported Learning

As virtual school Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily education, which helps the students prosper academically. Parents are also able to track their students’ progress on a daily basis and can collaborate with the teachers to best help their children. Parents recognize this involvement as one of the best aspects of our program.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®, lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an internet connection. Parents also love how easy it is to use to access grades and view progress.

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual setting, students meet regularly in online LiveLesson® sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. There are even chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. Also, the flexibility of online schooling allows students plenty of time for local activities, clubs, and other extracurriculars, within or outside of Connections Academy.