About Our Minnesota Online School

Opened in February 2005, Minnesota Connections Academy (MNCA) is a tuition-free K–12 Minnesota online public school that students attend from home. MNCA brings a fully accredited public school education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Minnesota.



Learn about Minnesota Connections Academy

Minnesota Connections Academy offers a challenging and enriching learning community in which students can flourish scholastically and socially.

A State-Approved Charter School Program

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Minnesota Connections Academy (MNCA) is a member of the Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS), a K-12 academic community. MNCA is a state-approved online program operated through a contract with Connections Academy of Minnesota, LLC, to provide the educational program and other services.

The Online School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Minnesota 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 MNCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our virtual academy 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 Minnesota Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual charter school in Minnesota 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 online 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.

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 Minnesota virtual academy.

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 and additional online school information, 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 program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of Minnesota Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!