Arkansas Connections Academy News


  • July 5, 2018 — ARCA Counselor Craig Smith offers tips for families when helping their child transition to kindergarten. Learn more in the Little Rock Family

  • March 23, 2018 — ARCA enrollment open for the 2018-19 school year. Learn more in the Times Record

  • March 15, 2018 — ARCA enrollment open for the 2018-19 school year. Learn more on KNWA

  • February 22, 2018 — ARCA Principal Darla Gardner discusses Digital Learning Day and the importance of using technology to enhance education on THV11

  • February 17, 2018 — ARCA students take field trip to the State Capitol. Learn more in the Democrat Gazette

  • February 10, 2018 — ARCA student Emily Williams earns all A's honor roll. Learn more in the Daily Times

  • January 26, 2018 — ARCA Principal Darla Gardner comments on the variety of students that enroll in online school. Learn more in the Log Cabin Democrat

  • January 20, 2018 — ARCA Principal Darla Gardner comments on the benefits of virtual school and school choice week on KNWA

  • December 6, 2017 — ARCA Board Chair Dennis Beck is honored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology for exemplary leadership. Learn more in the University of Arkansas

  • November 23, 2017 — ARCA students visit Twin Creek Crystal Mine. Learn more in the Sentinel-Record

  • November 2, 2017 — ARCA families gather for a field trip to Twin Creek Crystal Mine! Families and teacher Melissa Curiel discuss the benefits of online school in the Southwest Arkansas News

  • August 11, 2017 — ARCA Principal Darla Gardner and Learning Coach Hailey Maloney discuss the benefits of online school and why more families are choosing this option on the KNWA

  • July 24, 2017 — Annual parent survey shows overwhelming satisfaction with Arkansas Connections Academy virtual public school, teachers and curriculum. Learn more in the PR Web

  • July 19, 2017 — ARCA Principal Darla Gardner offers everyday activities parents can use to help prevent summer learning loss. Hear more on KNWA

  • July 17, 2017 — ARCA counselor Craig Smith discusses summer learning loss and how parents can help students stay engaged and learning over the break. Learn more on Fox 16

  • June 20, 2017 ARCA Principal Darla Gardner reflects on the school's first year serving students, and its many events and successes, in this letter

  • June 2, 2017 — ARCA students celebrate the end of the school year with an in-person pizza party. Learn more on THV

  • April 18, 2017 — ARCA counselor Craig Smith offers tips for parents in this Little Rock Family op-ed, "How to Help Your Child Become a Motivated Student"

  • March 28, 2017 — ARCA students enjoy a field trip to the Little Rock Zoo, reports the Democrat Gazette

  • March 12, 2017 — ARCA is a great education option for the Purifoy and Klein families! Hear from Principal Darla Gardner about the benefits of online school, and each family's story about their experience at ARCA in the Times Record

  • March 3, 2017 — ARCA students gather in-person to celebrate Read Across America Day, reports The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

  • December 4, 2016 — Students statewide are thriving at ARCA! Hear from Principal Darla Gardner, student Luke Garcia and his mother Teresa about the online school experience in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

  • October 28, 2016 — ARCA Principal Darla Gardner and Miss Greater Little Rock sit down with Fox 16 to discuss National Bullying Prevention Month, and why families experiencing bullying may choose the online school option

  • October 13, 2016 — ARCA Principal Darla Gardner discusses ways that parents can help children facing bullying issues, and how the online school may be a good fit for students, during this KNWA in-studio interview

  • August 25, 2016 — ARCA Principal Darla Gardner explains the new online school and reasons that families are enrolling in this education option. Read more in the El Dorado News-Times

  • August 22, 2016 — ARCA student Jaidynne Young discusses why her family chose to enroll in the online school, and what she's most looking forward to with this education option, during this KARK interview segment

  • August 1, 2016 — ARCA Board Chair Dennis Beck explains how the online school can meet a variety of student learning needs during this Univision interview (segment in Spanish)

  • June 9, 2016 — ARCA prospective student Jaidynne Young describes why she's excited to enroll in the new virtual school! Connections Academy representative Chena Karega discusses the online learning model with KTHV during a local information session

  • May 12, 2016 — Connections Academy representative Alan Chapman discusses Arkansas' new online school, ARCA, and how it will meet the needs of families statewide. Learn more on KATV

  • May 12, 2015 — Connections Academy representative Alan Chapman discusses Arkansas Connections Academy during a local info session presentation. Read more in the Pine Bluff Commercial

  • April 7, 2016 — Connections Academy representative TraKisha McNeil and a prospective family discuss Arkansas Connections Academy, and the types of students that may benefit from this option, during a local information session. Learn more on KFSM

  • March 8, 2016 — New Tuition-Free Virtual Public School, Arkansas Connections Academy, Approved to Serve Arkansas Students in Grades K-9