Connections Academy Virtual School Students Head Back to School

--2012–13 School Year Marks Start of Second Decade of Serving Students, Delivering Innovative, High-Quality School Option and Personalized Learning--

BALTIMORE, MD (August 14, 2012) – More and more kindergarten through grade 12 students nationwide are heading back to school—without getting on a bus, entering a classroom, or even leaving their homes. It’s back to school for students enrolled in Connections Academy virtual schools where students receive a high-quality public or private education from home. Connections Academy offers both tuition-free virtual public schools in 22 states and a national tuition-based private school. Connections Academy virtual schools expect to serve 45,000 students in the 2012–13 school year.

The 2012–13 school year marks the start of the second decade of Connections Academy, leading provider of highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. The virtual learning pioneer celebrates its decade of serving students and families with two major milestones:  a record number of students are expected to enroll in its largest-ever number of 24 Connections Academy public schools, spanning 22 states. Two new Connections Academy public schools will serve students for the first time in the coming school year: California Connections Academy @ Ripon, which will serve K–12 students in California’s San Joaquin Valley and surrounding counties; and Iowa Connections Academy, which will serve K–12 students statewide.

Enrollment for the 2012–13 year is still open for most Connections Academy schools. Educators encourage parents and students seeking a high quality virtual school program to visit the Connections Academy website and attend an information session to learn more about the Connections Academy options in their area and to note the first day of school at the Connections Academy school in their state (see list below).

“The 2012–13 school year brings exciting developments for Connections Academy, our schools, and our students,” commented Barbara Dreyer, president of Connections Academy and chief executive officer of Connections Education, Connections Academy’s parent company. “We’re starting our second decade of serving students, and we continue to break new academic ground, with engaging and inventive curricular offerings. We’re operating a record number of schools, and serving a record number of students. But I’m most proud that, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our very talented teachers and staff, as we’ve grown, we’ve continued to deliver the highest quality virtual schooling. More families are seeking out our program; our students and schools have won academic accolades; and our parent and student satisfaction rates remain incredibly high.”

One highlight of Connections Academy’s new curricular offerings for the 2012–13 school year is Juilliard eLearning, the first ever online music education courses from the world-famous conservatory, developed in partnership with Connections Education. Other exciting new offerings include the digital science tool, “Lab Investigator: Virtual Dissection” and elementary-level state history courses in selected states that feature Google Earth and virtual timelines.

Since 2002, Connections Academy has redefined K–12 education in the United States, and set a new standard for high-quality, highly accountable virtual education. Its academic program and innovations helped make virtual K–12 education one of the fastest-growing trends in American K–12 public education. Nationwide, a record number of K–12 students are getting their public educations virtually: roughly 250,000 K–12 students in the U.S. are going to school virtually today, and current growth trends suggest millions will do so in the next few years.

Connections Academy’s family of schools has also grown tremendously in this same timeframe. Connections Academy has gone from two schools serving 400 students to the current 24 public schools and national private school (National Connections Academy) which together expect  to serve more than 45,000 students. Connections Academy schools have served a total of more than 100,000 students in their decade of operation.

Connections Academy schools deliver top quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences to create a supportive and successful environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. In Connections Academy's Personalized Performance Learning® approach, students use daily lesson plans and curriculum materials provided by Connections Academy. Teachers develop a learning plan for each student, whose progress is tracked through a proprietary, web-based Learning Management System.

  • Arizona Connections Academy — August 8
  • Capistrano Connections Academy (Southern California) — August 27
  • Central California Connections Academy — August 27
  • California Connections Academy @ Ripon (Northern California) — August 27
  • Colorado Connections Academy — August 16
  • Florida Virtual School Full Time — August 13
  • Georgia Connections Academy — August 8
  • INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy — August 29
  • Indiana Connections Academy — August 13
  • Iowa Connections Academy — August 16
  • Kansas Connections Academy — August 20
  • Louisiana Connections Academy — August 13
  • Michigan Connections Academy — September 4
  • MTS Minnesota Connections Academy — August 27
  • Nevada Connections Academy —August 27
  • Ohio Connections Academy — August 21
  • Oklahoma Connections Academy — August 8
  • Oregon Connections Academy — September 4
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy (Pennsylvania) — September 4
  • South Carolina Connections Academy — August 15
  • Texas Connections Academy @ Houston — August 27
  • Utah Connections Academy —August 27
  • Wisconsin Connections Academy — September 4
  • Wyoming Connections Academy — August 22
  • National Connections Academy — September 6

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading 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 2012–13 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 22 states via 24 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 Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO)