Notices and Information for the Public
As a public virtual charter school, MCA is committed to meeting the state of Maine’s rigorous standards for academic achievement and accountability. Our school board adopts a regular meeting schedule, and governing board meetings are open to the public.
The mission of Maine Connections Academy (MCA) is to maximize learner-centered instruction and effectively leverage 21st century education resources to provide a high-quality education to students in grades 7–12 throughout the state who need expanded educational options. MCA will personalize each student’s education path to maximize his or her potential with a focus on meeting and exceeding the highest performance standards.
The Maine Connections Academy Virtual School Experience
We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Maine Connections Academy’s full-time virtual school program helps online students in Maine 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 MCA, students receive a great public online 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. In order to align with Maine state-standards, all Maine Connections Academy students are also required to take the same assessments as traditional school students.
The teachers are the foundation of the Maine Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Maine because they care about kids and believe that personalized instruction really works.
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. Using this method, teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each online school student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel. This approach also allows students to accelerate learning in areas of strength or receive extra attention in areas of weakness.
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 online teachers to keep their students on track. Parents say this involvement is one of the most gratifying aspects of the virtual academy program.
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 in the online classroom or in student clubs. And the flexibility of the program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of Maine Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!