“I like Connections Academy because the online learning system lets me take ‘school’ with me all over the world, and I could choose when and where to do my schoolwork.”

Mirai Nagasu

Graduate of California Connections Academy
U.S. Olympic Figure Skater


"I enjoy teaching math because I feel like I’m helping students understand a difficult subject."

Zig Elizondo

Middle School Teacher


"What I like most about California Connections Academy is that it really fits my schedule and learning style."

Riley Rydin

High School Student

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"Our experience to date with California Connections Academy has been great! We enjoy being able to move forward at our own pace and the flexibility that it affords us."

Marla Johnson

California Connections Academy Parent

High Quality, Free Online Public Schools in California

Many California students now have the opportunity to thrive at California Connections Academy, a network of tuition-free public online schools for grades K–12. California Connections Academy gives students who need an alternative to the traditional classroom the flexibility to learn from home and enjoy a well-rounded student experience, including:

  • A challenging K–12 curriculum developed by leading education experts
  • Instruction from state-credentialed teachers experienced in online instruction
  • Support from trained counselors, principals, and administrative staff
  • University of California “a–g” approved courses and curriculum materials needed to participate in a dynamic online learning environment
  • Field trips and social events that help students connect to one another, their communities, and their lessons
  • Dozens of clubs and activities that foster social development and academic growth
  • An involved online community of students and their families

Get to Know California Connections Academy

Meet some of the students, parents and teachers at our virtual school in California and hear their thoughts on schedule flexibility, parent involvement in education and the individualized approach to online learning.

The Network of California Connections Academy Online Schools

Learn more about California Connections Academy’s network of online schools by selecting the school serving your area below:

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@ Capistrano

Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties

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@ Central

Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties

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@ Ripon

Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus counties

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@ North Bay

Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Yolo counties

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Our Mission

The mission of California Connections Academy is to leverage 21st century education resources on behalf of students who need a more personalized approach to learning to maximize these students’ potential and meet the highest performance standards. This mission is accomplished through a uniquely individualized learning program that combines the best in virtual education with real connections among students, family, teachers, and the community to promote academic and emotional success for every learner. Every California Connections Academy student has a Personalized Learning Plan and an entire team of experts committed to the student’s successful fulfillment of that plan. California Connections Academy is a high-quality, high-tech, high-interaction virtual “school without walls” that brings out the best in every student through Personalized Performance Learning.

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Congratulations to Our Olympian Graduates!

We are so proud of our California Connections Academy alumni and Team USA Olympians Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou and Karen Chen! Mirai Nagasu and Nathan Chen have won the bronze medal in the figure skating team event. Additionally, Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

Meet the Team USA Figure Skaters