School Curriculum Online
Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA) combines the best on- and offline resources to create a full-time virtual public school that delivers a comprehensive, high-quality K–12* education. We utilize the best resources available from leading curriculum specialists and educational publishers. ARCA students are offered the best resources right at their fingertips, helping them to explore and master all of the core subjects: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
21st Century Success with a 21st Century Education Online
Consider our tuition-free, highly effective education as an alternative to traditional public school or homeschooling. The Arkansas online school curriculum is designed to help students gain the thinking skills and knowledge that they’ll need for higher education, work, and life. Each grade level includes structured lessons blended with self-paced learning. This process exists to ensure that each student can reach his or her full potential. These online courses are also focused on teaching the critical “four C’s” of 21st century learning:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Creativity and innovation
The Finest Materials
To create the best units, lessons, and activities, curriculum experts review and select the best texts and teaching and bring it to us. Connections Academy works with these experts, creating interactive tools and resources to involve students in learning. Learning games and tutorials combine audio, video, and graphics to bring learning to life for our students.
At Arkansas Connections Academy, we recognize the need for electives that create a well-rounded learning experience. In these educationally stimulating courses, students are taught a wide range of subjects such as sign language, world languages, home life, game design, and more. These electives allow students to choose and enjoy a well-rounded school experience.
Always on the Path to Improve
At Connections Academy–supported schools, the curriculum is reviewed and revised on a regular basis, ensuring that it utilizes the best content and complies with state and national school standards. As part of this review process, students and parents are encouraged to rate every lesson on a 5-star scale. Now with nearly four million evaluations, Connections Academy lessons average a 4.2 out of 5 rating.
Curriculum Built for Success
Any useful schooling should prepare the students for college, work, and life. And to have good education, you need a strong, sensible curriculum.
Over the years, we have reviewed, refined, and tested the Connections Academy curriculum so that it meets national and state standards, as well as those set by leading education experts. Most importantly, we recognize the individuality of each student and meet those diverse students with what they need.
Our work doesn’t end there. We are committed to reviewing and revising our curriculum regularly in order to constantly improve. This is why we ask parents and students alike to rate our lessons on a 5-star scale.
Online Curriculum Development Experts
There is a team of experts dedicated solely to the design, evaluation, and improvement of our free online school curriculum. Our team offers their extensive classroom teaching experience, advanced degrees in instructional design, subject matter expertise, curriculum development, and technology education. They are committed to creating a high-quality curriculum that brings about real results for students.
Our team members begin by identifying the objectives and skills that students need to learn. They then create lessons to help students develop and practice those skills, and include assessments to ascertain student progress along the way. This allows students to master skills and entire subjects.
Bringing Lessons to Life
Along with our curriculum experts, we utilize the skills of in-house expert videographers, computer programmers, and graphic designers to bring the online curriculum to life in a multidimensional manner.
Our team of professionals also reviews and selects the best texts and other instructional materials created by leading professionals to include in lessons, units, and activities. These materials are delivered right to students’ homes.
The curriculum that is produced engages students in individual study and collaboration with other students, helping them learn to think individually and also to work as a team.
Hundreds of Proven Online Courses
The Connections Academy curriculum includes core classes in every grade; math, science, language arts, and social studies are all thoughtfully covered. Electives are also offered at every grade level, allowing students who attend our virtual school in Arkansas to explore new interests and broaden their skills. These electives include digital arts, game design, world and sign languages, music, and more. We also offer gifted and talented, honors, and Advanced Placement®* classes.
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