New Mexico Online School Curriculum
New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) is a fully accredited, tuition-free virtual school program that combines the best online and offline resources from leading educational publishers and curriculum specialists to deliver comprehensive, high-quality online education for grades 4–12. With the best resources at their fingertips, NMCA students explore and master all required core subjects: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
A 21st Century Online Curriculum for 21st Century Success
Our New Mexico online school curriculum is a highly effective alternative to a traditional public or homeschool curriculum. It’s designed to help students gain the knowledge and thinking skills they’ll need for life, work, and higher education. At each grade level, structured lessons are blended with self-paced learning to ensure that each student reaches his or her full potential. These online courses also develop skills in the important “four Cs” of 21st century learning:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Creativity and innovation
In addition, the NMCA STEM Academy offers a wide variety of enriching experiences to students in grades 6–12 who demonstrate talent in science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
Only the Finest Course Materials
Curriculum experts review and select the best texts and teaching materials from leading publishers to create units, lessons, and activities. The Connections Academy multimedia team works closely with these experts to create interactive tools and virtual resources that get students involved in learning. Teachlet® tutorials and learning games combine graphics, video, and audio to bring ideas and concepts to life.
Electives are a key part of the well-rounded online school curriculum at New Mexico Connections Academy. These stimulating online courses for grades 4–12 cover a wide range of subjects such as world languages, game design, home life, sign language, and more. Electives allow students to broaden their skills and explore new interests and talents.
At Connections Academy, the curriculum is evaluated and revised regularly. This ensures that it delivers the most effective content and aligns with state and national standards. As part of this ongoing review, students and parents are asked to rate each lesson on a five-star scale. After nearly four million evaluations, Connections Academy has received an average lesson rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.
Curriculum Built for Success
Education should help prepare students for work, college, and life. And at the foundation of a good education, you’ll find a strong curriculum.
Over the years, we have developed, tested, and refined the Connections Academy curriculum to ensure that it meets national and state standards as well as those set by leading educational organizations. Most importantly, our online curriculum is designed to meet the diverse needs of our students.
But the work doesn’t stop there. We’re committed to continuous improvement, reviewing and revising our curriculum regularly. As part of this ongoing review, we ask students and parents in the Connections Academy community to rate each lesson on a five-star scale.
Online Curriculum Development Experts
We have a team of experts dedicated to the design, evaluation, and improvement of our free online school curriculum. With classroom teaching experience, subject matter expertise, and advanced degrees in instructional design, curriculum development, and technology education, the team is dedicated to developing a high-quality online curriculum that delivers real results.
They start by identifying the skills and objectives students need to learn. Then they create lessons to help students practice and develop those skills, also providing assessments to measure student progress along the way. That way, Connections Academy students don’t just learn a subject—they master it.
Bringing Lessons to Life
Our online curriculum development team works with our talented in-house videographers, graphic designers, and computer programmers to bring the curriculum to life in a multidimensional way.
These professionals also review and select the best texts and instructional materials from leading publishers to weave into units, lessons, and activities. Then, we deliver these high-quality resources right to each student’s home.
The resulting curriculum engages students in individual study as well as collaboration with their classmates. As a result, students learn to think independently and to work together.
Hundreds of Proven Online Courses
The New Mexico Connections Academy curriculum includes core courses in math, science, language arts/English, and social studies for every grade. Electives are also offered at every grade level, allowing students at our virtual school in New Mexico to broaden their skills and explore new interests. Our electives cover a wide range of subjects such as world languages, music, game design, digital arts, sign language, and more. We also offer Honors and Advanced Placement®* courses for high school students.
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