California Connections Academy @ Capistrano*

Tuition-Free Virtual School in Southern California

California Connections Academy is a network of online charter schools that serves students in grades K–12. As a tuition-free virtual school, California Connections Academy @ Capistrano* brings a fully accredited public education directly into the homes of students throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties.

Authorized by the Capistrano Unified School District

California Connections Academy @ Capistrano* is authorized under state law by the Capistrano Unified School District. As a public charter school, it is committed to meeting the state of California’s rigorous standards for academic achievement and accountability.

California Connections Academy @ Capistrano* has proudly been serving Southern California students since 2004!

School Board Meetings

The California Online Public Schools school board adopts a regular meeting schedule. The meetings are open to the public and in compliance with California's open meeting laws.

View the December 4, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Notices and Information for the Public

California Connections Academy @ Capistrano* is operated by Capistrano Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Academy, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. The school is governed by an independent Board of Directors and all meetings are open to the public. Visit our School Board page for the scheduled meeting dates, information on how to attend meetings, and further information.


* The legal name of the school is Capistrano Connections Academy. Please use this name when searching the California state databases. It has been slightly modified to conform to a standardized naming convention.

School Administrator Heather Tamayo

Meet Heather Tamayo

School Site Administrator

Heather Tamayo serves as the middle school principal for all four California Connections Academy schools. She has worked in education for more than twelve years in several capacities and joined Connections Academy in 2011. Mrs. Tamayo taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in the Palm Springs Unified School District. She also helped develop curriculum for middle school students, and has an extensive background working with English language learners.

Mrs. Tamayo states, “I have a deep appreciation for the flexibility of the California Connections Academy learning environment and how we are able to work with students and families who are looking for something beyond the traditional setting. Every day I am amazed and encouraged by the families we serve as well as the teachers and staff who so adeptly support them. This is truly an amazing school. We work to cultivate students who are prepared for the responsibilities and rigor of the 21st century. I am humbled and proud to say that I am part of the Connections Academy team!”


  • MA in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino
  • MA in cross-cultural education from National University
  • BA in history from California State University, Long Beach
  • Credentials in single subject English, multiple subject, and educational administration