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Arkansas Connections Academy Enrollment Checklist for the 2020-21 School Year

Thank you for considering Arkansas Connections Academy for your child's education. Many families have found our online school program to be a better fit for their students. The information on this page will help you prepare for enrollment.

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Get Prepared for Enrollment

Do you have everything you need to enroll? Because Connections Academy is a public school, parents must submit state-required information and documentation for each student. You will save time and enrollment will go more smoothly if you are prepared!

Use the Enrollment Checklist below to gather the documents you will need. The checklist lists your state's requirements, plus tips to help you find documents you may not have. Once you have your documents ready, it’s easy to create an account and complete the enrollment forms in the Enrollment Portal, our online system.

Eligibility Requirements

You must meet specific state and program requirements to attend Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). Student eligibility requirements in Arkansas are determined by the State of Arkansas, which is the authorizing body for Arkansas Connections Academy. Before enrolling, review the eligibility requirements carefully to determine whether your student(s) is eligible to participate in grades K–12.

Students who are currently expelled or suspended from their local school or district are not eligible to enroll.

What Documents to Have Ready

Please have the following documents available and ready to upload to The Enrollment Portal:

Required Documents

The documents below are required for enrollment in Arkansas Connections Academy. Please submit or transfer information from the following:

Prior Public Schooling Requirements

All students who have previously attended public school, private school, or homeschool are eligible to enroll.

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Child's Proof of Age

A copy of one of the following documents must be provided for every student to verify age eligibility.

  • Official birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Baptismal papers
  • Military ID
  • Student driver's license

To avoid unnecessary delays, please provide a copy of one of these official documents along with your enrollment documents.

Not Sure Where to Get That?

As a reminder, the age eligibility is as follows:

  • Kindergarten: Any student enrolling in kindergarten must be five (5) years old on or before August 1 in the school year for which you are enrolling. 
  • First Grade: Any student enrolling in first grade must be six (6) years old on or before October 1 in the school year for which you are enrolling. 
  • Maximum Age: Any student who turns twenty-one (21) years old on or before September 1 will not be eligible to enroll in Arkansas Connections Academy.
Proof of Recent Physical

Students enrolling in kindergarten and 1st grade should provide a copy of the student's most recent physical examination.

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Proof of Residence (1 form)

A copy of one of the following documents must be provided to verify your legal residence. If you do not have any of these documents, please contact the enrollment team to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Not Sure What is Accepted as Proof?

  • Gas, electric, water, or sewage bill from the last 60 days, that includes your name and service address
  • Mortgage statement (from the last 60 days) or a signed annual lease agreement
  • Property tax statement
  • Letter from a government agency dated within the past 60 days

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Child’s Proof of Immunization

All students in Arkansas must provide evidence of their immunizations on one of the following:

  • State of Arkansas Official Immunization Form
  • Official school record
  • Healthcare provider or Health Department printout
  • Immunization booklet with all doses stamped
  • Connections Academy Immunization Form, which is a part of your enrollment documents available in the Enrollment Portal.
These forms must be signed or stamped by a health care provider.

Not Sure What Immunizations Are Required?

Where Can I Get Immunizations for My Student?

Immunizations can be obtained from doctor’s offices, clinics, or hospitals. Pediatricians and family doctors or their nurses or medical assistants can give your student the shots they need to meet the requirements for school enrollment. In addition, some large chain pharmacies offer immunizations for older children and adults.

What if I Need Assistance Paying for Vaccines?

If you need assistance paying for shots/vaccinations, you may be able to get free or reduced immunizations through this program:

  • Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Children who are eligible for VFC vaccines are entitled to receive pediatric vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Immunization Exemptions

The state of Arkansas allows for medical or religious exemptions. Parents seeking exemption from immunizations for medical or religious reasons must request a vaccine exemption form directly from the Arkansas Department of Health, Immunization Branch. Please provide ARCA with a copy of the completed exemption form.

Important Documents

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Prior Academic Records

Please be prepared to submit academic records for placement. These academic records include:

  • Report Card
    For students applying for grades K–9: Please submit a copy of the report card from the most recent school year.

    The following items should be included on the report card:
    • Student Name
    • Grade Level
    • School Year (example: 2019-20)
    • School Name
    • Grading Scale (example: 90–100%=A)
  • Unofficial Transcript
    For students applying for grade 10-12: Submit an unofficial transcript that includes the complete end-of-year grades from the prior school year and any academic documentation (such as a progress report/interim report, class schedule, or marking period/semester report card) issued for the current school year. Additional documentation may be requested for placement.

    The following items should be included on the unofficial transcript:
    • Student Name
    • Grade Level
    • School Year (example: 2019-20)
    • School Name
    • Grading Scale (example: 90–100%=A)
    • Credits Earned
Not Sure How to Get Your Child’s Report Card or Transcript?

  • Contact your student's previous school and request the document, providing them with the information outlined above, OR contact your school's district office with the request.

If after attempting these steps you still cannot obtain your student's report card or transcript, please contact the academic placement services team at 800-221-2720 to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Have Your Child(ren) Been Formerly Homeschooled?

  • Prior Academic History Form
    For homeschooled students in grades K–12: Complete the Prior Academic History Form indicating what courses were completed through a homeschool curriculum.

Other Documents for Special Circumstances

Though not applicable to all families, please submit the documentation requested if the information below is specific to your student.

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Other Documentation

You may need to provide additional documentation if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • Vision Screenings: All new students entering kindergarten and grades 1, 3, and 9 should provide a copy of the student's most recent vision screening within 30 days of the start of school. Returning students entering grades 3, 6, and 9 should provide a copy of the student’s most recent vision screening as well.
  • Custody order: If your legal guardianship is determined by a court order, please submit a copy of the order.

Ready to Enroll?

Once you have all of the required documentation (outlined above), you are ready to proceed with enrollment in our K–12 virtual school Arkansas Connections Academy.

Problems or Questions?

If you have any concerns or questions about how to enroll or use our Arkansas virtual school enrollment checklist, our enrollment team is here to help. Please call us at 800-221-2720.

Arkansas Connections Academy admits students and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected classification.