Connections Academy, Leading Virtual Education Provider, Wins 2011 BESSIE Award

— Algebra 1 Course Honored as Best Math Website for High School Students Schooled at Home —

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BALTIMORE (April 22, 2011) — Connections Academy, a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling, has been named a winner of ComputED Gazette’s 17th Annual Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Award. Connections Academy won the 2011 BESSIE Award for top Math Website at the high school level for its Algebra 1 Course. High school students learning at home through one of Connections Academy’s virtual public schools across the country take the Algebra 1 course and traditional home school families are purchasing the individual course for use at home.

The BESSIE Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Connections Academy’s course was selected from a list of titles submitted by publishers around the world.

Connections Academy’s Algebra 1 course “is one of the most elegant, yet simple, systems we have seen,” according to ComputED Gazette’s review of the course. “The course uses step-by-step audio and visual tutorials, interactive multimedia Teachlets, exercises, reviews and assessments that are designed to ensure students gain a firm grasp of curriculum content. The course is well suited for home schooling or students in need of intervention.”

For the complete review on Connections Academy’s Algebra 1 course, visit

To ensure students are receiving the highest quality education, Connections Academy combines the latest advancements in online instruction with the best curriculum resources for all subjects offered. 

With Connections Academy’s Algebra 1 course, students learn how to apply knowledge of properties of real numbers to equations, inequalities and multi-step equations. Students also identify, write and graph functions and equations; simplify quadratic equations; and factor and perform operations with binomials and trinomials. The course also teaches students to calculate slope and use the slope-intercept form to graph linear equations, as well as solve systems of equations and inequalities, both graphically and algebraically. The course provides frequent opportunities for students to apply these concepts to real-world scenarios.

Unlike other online Algebra 1 courses, Connection Academy’s course features Teachlet® tutorials—Connections Academy’s online instructional modules designed to help students understand challenging topics by presenting them in fresh and engaging ways. The same high-quality Algebra 1 course is available for purchase by traditional home school families through Connections Academy, and by schools and districts through Connections Learning. Serving educational institutions and other organizations, Connections Learning was recently created to deliver a comprehensive suite of virtual education products and services that span the e-learning spectrum.

“We are extremely honored to have received this prestigious award for our Algebra 1 course,” Senior Manager of Curriculum Development Laura Fiala said. “Connections Academy strives to provide its students with the best possible curriculum. We would like to thank ComputED Gazette for recognizing Connections Academy with this award.”

ComputED Gazette has been an online educational resource for more than 17 years, sponsoring two national awards, the BESSIE Awards and the Education Software Review (EDDIE) Awards.

Connections Academy was awarded the 2010 EDDIE Award for best High School Science Website for its High School Earth Science course. K to the 8th Power, which was acquired by Connections Academy in 2009, was awarded the 2010 BESSIE for best Language Arts Planning Website.

Information sessions are underway for parents and students interested in learning more about Connections Academy. Enrollment is open for those students who would like to attend a Connections Academy school for the 2011–12 school year.

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 2011–2012 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 22 states via 23 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. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit