Connections Academy, Leading Virtual Education Provider,Wins 2010 EDDIE Award

Earth Science Course Named Best High School Science Site

BALTIMORE, October 19, 2010—Connections Academy, the leading virtual education provider, has been named a winner of ComputED Gazette’s 15th Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIE Awards). Connections Academy won the 2010 EDDIE Award for best High School Science Website, for its High School Earth Science course.

The EDDIE Awards recognize innovative and content-rich programs and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Selection criteria include: academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach and management system. Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers around the world.

Connections Academy’s award-winning High School Earth Science curriculum is a two-semester course designed to prepare students to confidently enter and complete college-level earth science courses. Through the integration of Connections Academy's proprietary content, instructional tools, and interactive resources, with textbooK–based content and online resources, students explore Earth's history and the many subject areas of Earth Science.

Students engage in hands-on explorations and virtual simulations – enhancing traditional lesson formats – using an Earth Science kit of tools and materials, Connections Academy's Lab Investigator virtual rock and mineral kit, and interactive proprietary instructional Teachlet tutorials. Topics covered include: minerals and rocks; earth’s resources; plate tectonics and other igneous activity; oceanography; meteorology; and astronomy.

ComputED Gazette has served as an online education resource for educators, parents and students for more than 16 years.

Connections Academy opened its first two schools in 2002, serving 400 students; today the school network spans 18 full-time schools across 17 states, and serves more than 30,000 students. Connections Academy also operates supplemental programs in two additional states and a national private school, National Connections Academy, serving students nationwide.

Enrollment in many Connections Academy schools is still open. Parents seeking to learn more about Connections Academy and check availability of the tuition-free school in their communities should visit

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K–12. Through tuition-free public schools, full-time and part-time private school programs, and turnkey online courses for bricks and mortar schools, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized educations for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience its 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.