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About Our Kansas Online School

Kansas Connections Academy (KCA) is a tuition-free K–12 online public school that students attend from home. This Kansas virtual school opened in August 2001 as Elkhart Cyber School and successfully served students throughout Kansas through the 2009–10 school year. In 2010, the school became Kansas Connections Academy in partnership with Connections Academy, a national leader in online education and online schools in Kansas. Students residing in Kansas are eligible to attend the school if they meet applicable enrollment requirements

Our Mission

Through highly effective interactions among teachers, students, and Learning Coaches, KCA creates an educational program with high expectations for student achievement that can be tailored to meet the unique needs of families as they seek to maximize their student’s education.

What is Virtual School?

Kansas Connections Academy brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Kansas.

State-Approved Program of Elkhart Unified School District 218

Kansas Connections Academy is operated in partnership with, and is a state-approved program of, Elkhart Unified School District (USD) 218. The representative for Elkhart USD 218 is Rex Richardson, superintendent, rrichardson@usd218.org. Alternatively, you may contact Principal Mandi Brazil at mabrazil@kca.connectionsacademy.org. Kansas Connections Academy’s program is operated through a contract with Connections Academy of Kansas, LLC, to provide the educational program and other services.

The Kansas Connections Academy Online School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Kansas Connections Academy’s full-time virtual school program helps students build on their individual strengths and interests in a setting that is both safe and connected to a larger community.

Below are a few of the driving forces behind this unique approach:

Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum

At KCA, students receive a great online public school education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our virtual school classes meet and exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best texts, materials, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the Kansas Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our online school in Kansas because they care about kids and believe that personalized one-on-one instruction really works.

Individual Attention

Each and every student has unique abilities, and all students perform better when they receive individual attention in a nurturing learning environment. These guiding principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach to online education. Using this method, teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel. This approach also allows student to accelerate learning in areas of strength or receive extra attention in areas of weakness.

Parent-Supported Learning

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily education. They’re able to see real progress every day and work with dedicated teachers to keep their students on track. Parents say this involvement is one of the most gratifying aspects of the virtual school program.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®,  lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an Internet connection. Parents love how easy it is to schedule lessons and access grades, too!

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual setting, students meet regularly in online LiveLesson® sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. There are even chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. And the flexibility of the virtual school program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of Kansas Connections Academy, or through Connections Academy’s clubs!