Ripon Unified School Board Approves Connections Academy Virtual Charter School for 2012–13

-- California Connections Academy @ Ripon to Offer Tuition-Free K–12 Public Education Option for Families --


RIPON, CA (January, 20, 2012) – Students in grades K–12 in the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding counties will soon have an innovative new public school option that delivers exceptional public schooling to students online. California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a virtual charter school, has been approved by the Ripon Unified School Board for the 2012–13 school year. California Connections Academy @ Ripon will begin enrollment in spring 2012 for the 2012–13 academic year*.

California Connections Academy @ Ripon can enroll students in grades K–12 from the following counties:   Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and Stanislaus. It will offer a high-quality, highly accountable, tuition-free, public education option. Its administrative office and teaching center will be based in the Ripon area.

California Connections Academy @ Ripon will combine California-certified teachers, a standards-aligned curriculum, unique technology tools, an extensive selection of electives and clubs, and community experiences to create an individualized alternative to the bricks-and-mortar classroom.

Dr. Louise Johnson, superintendent of the Ripon Unified School Board observed, "Here at Ripon Unified School District, the core principles we hold most dear include the belief that every Ripon child deserves the very best education possible; that students should be offered different opportunities to learn and grow; that each student should leave high school prepared for the future; innovation is a strength to be valued; and that technology, when used appropriately, can absolutely enhance teaching and learning. California Connections Academy @ Ripon helps us fulfill each of these core beliefs. So we are really excited to bring this new educational alternative not just to families in our district, but to families across the greater area.”

All California Connections Academy @ Ripon students will participate in the nationally accredited Connections Academy program that combines high quality resources from leading publishers with cutting-edge, yet easy-to-use, technology and hands-on materials. Learning from home, students will work closely with a licensed California teacher using detailed daily lesson plans that can be personalized to meet individual student needs. A parent, or another adult "Learning Coach," monitors progress in the home.

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California Connections Academy @ Ripon is expected to serve a wide range of students, including those who are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom, those who need a flexible schedule or learn at a different pace from their peers, and those who need more individualized attention or live in isolated rural settings. Homebound and previously home-schooled students can also thrive in Connections Academy’s program.

Interaction between teachers and students will be frequent. Accountability is central to the school’s mission and students must meet the same levels of accountability and complete the same state standardized tests as students in traditional public schools.

 “Central and Southern California families have really embraced the Connections Academy schools in their areas, and our growth in the eight years we have served these regions shows we’re truly filling an educational need for California’s students and families,” noted Barbara Dreyer, chief executive officer of Connections Academy. “So we’re pleased to partner with Ripon Unified School District to make our innovative school program available for the first time to families in Northern California. We look forward to staffing our soon-to-be teaching center with California teachers and enrolling students for the 2012–13 school year.”

Tim Batiuk, California Connections Academy @ Ripon Board President commented, “In addition to building the timeless skills students have always needed for success in school and in life—such as literacy, mathematics, and critical thinking—our new school is uniquely suited to prepare students for the Information Age. All of us on the Board look forward to the next school year when a wide range of students in Northern and Central California will benefit from all that California Connections Academy @ Ripon has to offer.”

Families seeking more information about California Connections Academy @ Ripon and its innovative approach to personalized public education can visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com or call 800–382–6010. Informational meetings will take place throughout the area starting in early spring 2012.

California Connections Academy @ Ripon joins the growing national network of 22 Connections Academy schools, including two California schools, Capistrano Connections Academy and Central California Connections Academy. For more than a decade, Connections Academy schools have served tens of thousands of students and by virtue of their high quality and proven academic results earned the reputation as a leader in virtual public education. 

 *Enrollment is pending submission of the State Board of Education numbering and submission package—http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/re/chrterpkg.asp

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2011–12 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 21 states via 22 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com. Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO) www.Pearson.com.