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California Online High School Program

At California Connections Academy, we designed a tuition-free online high school program that works with high school students to provide them with a relatable, digital-first educational experience.

Our high school curriculum prepares students for the future with technological skills they’ll need for success in college and their chosen careers. Not only does California Connections Academy have the accredited core courses required by the state, there are also may electives to choose from. The variety of online high school courses and electives lets students explore their interests, helping them choose a career path that works for them as they move into bright futures.

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How Does California Online High School Work?

California Connections Academy offers diverse coursework because we understand that high school students need options and the best advice to help them make educated decisions. The following table demonstrates just a few high school courses available to students in California:

Core and Elective Courses

Includes national and state required core subjects, such as English, mathematics, science, etc. We also have exciting electives to choose from such as world languages, journalism, and digital technology! 
Honors and Advanced PlacementⓇ* Courses

Students who are interested in exploring a specific subject and want to explore it a little more have the option of taking honors or AP courses. This provides them with more challenging and stimulating content.
College Courses

Colleges and high schools have teamed up to give students the opportunity to take college courses. They can earn high school credit and college credit at the same time.
NCAA-Approved and California a-g Courses

Most of California Connections Academy's core ane elective courses are NCAA-approved; students interested in NCAA scholarships should work with their school counselor to determine an appropriate course schedule.

Support and Guidance for Online High Schools in California

California Connections Academy virtual students are never alone. They have continual support from our team who work with students to map out current needs and future projections. Counselors and Learning Coaches assist in the tutoring process, and help students develop the best plan to set goals and reach their milestones. Expert and qualified teachers also work with students to ensure that they are receiving the best educational experience possible in their studies.

Preparing for Graduation and Beyond

California Connections Academy not only works hard to provide a safe and motivating educational environment, but also prepares students for the world after high school. Various services include:

  • A College Planning Club that helps students gain perspective and direction.
  • Certified school counselors to guide online students.
  • Support designing a four-year educational strategy
  • College and career planning that includes help in finding the right college, financial aid and scholarships, information and access to college entry tests, and finding career opportunities.
  • Workshops to that help virtual students understand the college application process.

Our affiliation with the National Honor Society (NHS) provides our students with information about college scholarships and leadership development, as well as opportunities to serve their community and be awarded for their achievements. 

Preparing California High School Students for College

California Connections Academy offers AVID, an elective class that meets three times a week to help the academic high school student prepare for college. AVID provides the academic, social, and emotional support that will help students succeed in the school's most rigorous courses with:  

  • Extra tutor support 
  • Curriculum to develop Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading (WICOR) 
  • Guidance to practice effective note taking and study skills 
  • Presentations to explore different colleges and careers 
  • Field Trips to experience college environment

Students are selected to take part in this elective via an application and interview process.


Interacting in a Virtual Classroom Setting

High school students feed on technology; therefore, interacting in a virtual classroom is not a novelty. Students at California Connections Academy are able to access all of their materials, lessons, and their teachers anywhere and anytime. Our LiveLesson® technology provides students a user-friendly platform where they can hand in assignments and track progress. Students also have the opportunity to interact in a live virtual classroom environment. Learn More about the Technology.

Experience High School Your Way

California Connections Academy's online high schools offer an exciting alternative to the traditional classroom setting. If you are looking for something new and unique with the student’s needs in mind, contact Connections Academy to see how we can work together to help you or your student achieve educational success by enrolling in a virtual high school. 

Online High School Events in California

Connections Academy provides education for online high school students across the state of California.

Capistrano Opened in 2004

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Southern California

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

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Central Opened in 2006
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Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties

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Central Coast Opened in 2019
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Central Coast

Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties

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Monterey Bay Opened in 2019
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Monterey Bay

Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties

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Ripon Opened in 2012
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Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus counties

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North Bay Opened in 2014
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North Bay

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

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Experience High School Your Way

If you’re looking for a new, exciting alternative to the traditional classroom setting, check out our resources for teens to learn more about the benefits of enrolling in a virtual high school program.

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