About Our Free Massachusetts Online School

TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA) is an online school that serves students in grades K–12. As a tuition-free virtual school in Massachusetts, TECCA brings a fully accredited public school education directly into the homes of students throughout the state.

Authorized by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

TEC Connections Academy was sponsored in its application to be a Commonwealth virtual school by the Education Cooperative in November 2013 and was approved by its authorizer (the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education) as Massachusetts’ second Commonwealth virtual school on February 25, 2014. As an independent public school and school district, it is committed to meeting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ rigorous standards for academic achievement and accountability. TEC Connections Academy is accountable directly to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and is autonomous of all other public bodies, including its sponsor.

Our Mission

The mission of TEC Connections Academy is to offer Massachusetts students a quality online alternative to the traditional classroom by providing a supportive, individualized program of study; effective instruction; engaging learning experiences; and diverse curriculum offerings to stimulate curiosity, advance personal growth, and promote academic achievement.

Notices and Information for the Public

Our school board adopts a regular meeting schedule, and the meetings are open to the public. Please review the scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information about how to attend a board meeting or make a request for public records.

The TEC Connections Academy Virtual School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. The full-time virtual school program helps online students in Massachusetts 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 TECCA, students receive a great public K–12 online education, free of 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 an online curriculum that keeps students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Massachusetts 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. Using this method, teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every virtual school 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.

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 online 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 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 TECCA or through Connections Academy’s clubs!