California Connections Academy @ Central

A Tuition-Free Online School in Central California

California Connections Academy is a network of online charter schools that serves students in grades K–12. As a tuition-free online school, California Connections Academy @ Central brings a fully accredited online public education directly into the homes of students throughout Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Inyo Counties.

Authorized by the Alpaugh Unified School District

California Connections Academy @ Central is authorized under state law by the Alpaugh Unified School District. The school is operated by the Alpaugh Academies, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Academy, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services.

Notices and Information for the Public

As a public charter school, California Connections Academy @ Central is committed to meeting the State of California’s rigorous standards for academic achievement and accountability. The school is governed by an independent Board of Directors and all meetings are open to the public. Visit our School Board page page for the scheduled meeting dates, information on how to attend meetings, and further information.

Title IX Notification and Information

Non Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees for California Connections Academy Schools desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities for each charter school’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any California Connections Academy school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Title IX Coordinator Information

Title IX of the federal education laws prohibits discrimination for any educational program, services or activities on the basis of gender (and related gender issues). This includes equal access for any student who is pregnant, recovering from childbirth or pregnancy related medical issues, or who is parenting. 

The law requires that the school appoint a Title IX Coordinator (also known as a gender equity coordinator), who coordinates compliance with the federal law, including implementing a process to address complaints related to Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator also monitors the organization to be sure gender equity and to insure staff training regarding the requirements of Title IX.

The Lead Title IX Coordinator for California Connections Academy is Dr. Richard Savage, Executive Director. He can be reached directly at rsavage@calca.connectionsacademy.org or by phone at 949-461-1667 X3013. If the Title IX Coordinator is unable to resolve the issue, then any formal complaints related to California Connections Academy Schools' compliance with Title IX, gender, or any gender related issues can be submitted to the school via the Uniform Procedure. Click here for a link to the UCP: 

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  • Rights Under Title IX

    All California Connections Academy students have the following rights under Title IX: 

    (a) You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
    (b) You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities.
    (c) You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of any equipment and supplies needed for the school program.
    (d) You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
    (e) You have the right to contact the State Department of Education to access information on gender equity laws.
    (f) You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex. See below for the link.
    (g) You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
    (h) You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.

    As a network on online charter schools, California Connections Academy does not provide any organized sports, athletic scholarships or after school activities. The following rights apply to all students and parents under Title IX of federal law for any organization receiving federal funds, however, these items are not available due the nature of the online charter school program. These rights are provided for your information: 

    (a)You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
    (b) You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
    (c) You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
    (d) You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:

    1. Sports equipment and supplies. 
    2. Scheduling of games and practices. 
    3. Transportation and daily allowances for athletic events. 
    4. Access to tutoring. 
    5. Coaching. 
    6. Locker rooms. 
    7. Practice and competitive facilities. 
    8. Medical and training facilities and services. 
    9. Publicity. 

    (e) You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.

    Resources  

    Additional information about Title IX and gender equity can be found through the following resources:

    California Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity: 
    https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/or/oeo.asp
    oeoinfo@cde.ca.gov 
    916-445-9174 

    California Department of Education Title IX information: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/genequitytitleix.asp 

    California Education Code 221.5-231.5 

    United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) information:
    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/aboutocr.html

    Information about how to file a complaint with OCR, including a link to the complaint form:
    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html

    OCR complaint form:
    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintform.pdf

    Filing a Complaint 

    The first step if you have a concern about possible discrimination based on gender or gender related issues is to contact the Title IX Coordinator directly. If the issue is not resolved then a formal complaint can be filed under the school’s Uniform Complaint Procedures. A link to the UCP can be found here:


    According to the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, complaints must generally be filed within 180 days after the most recent alleged incident of discrimination occurred. The statute of limitations for complaints is therefore 6 months. If a complaint is filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) beyond the statute of limitations, then you will be asked to file a waiver and give sufficient reasons as to why the complaint was not filed earlier. If the complaint is being filed with the school, and the 180 day period has already expired, then upon receipt of a written request for an extension of time to file a complaint, including an outline of the reasons for an extension of time to file, the Title IX Coordinator may, upon showing of good cause, extend the time to file a complaint up to a period of time not to exceed 90 days following the expiration of the six month period of time to file a complaint. If a formal complaint is filed under the school’s UCP, it will be investigated in accordance with the procedures and timelines laid out in the UCP. If the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, a complaint may then be filed with the OCR. This should be done within 60 days of the resolution of the complaint under the school’s UCP. Forms and information for OCR can be found here https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html. The OCR can also be reached at: 

    Telephone: 800-421-3481 
    Fax: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339 
    Email: OCR@ed.gov 

    You may also locate a local OCR office through this website: https://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm


    School Administrator Marcus White

    Meet Marcus White

    School Site Administrator

    Marcus White is the school site administrator for California Connections Academy @ Central. He joined the Connections Academy team in 2012. Mr. White began his career in education as a fourth grade teacher for a socio-economically challenged Central Valley California elementary school in the Burton Elementary School District. For the following two years, Mr. White took on an administration role as a vice principal, supporting student safety and promoting academic excellence. He then transitioned to school principal.

    For the next three years, Mr. White developed his team by focusing on data to drive student achievement. The school’s and students’ hard work was rewarded with an API score of more than 800. He currently serves as the elementary principal for all four California Connections Academy schools. Mr. White is married and has three wonderful children.

    Education:

    • BA in social science, Chapman University
    • MA in teaching, Chapman University