Georgia Connections Academy Expanding—Teens Statewide Have New Virtual High School Option

-- Georgia’s Public Cyber Charter School to Add Comprehensive High School Program for the 2012–13 School Year; Information Sessions Planned Statewide --

Enrollment for the 2012–13 School Year Begins April 3, 2012

DULUTH, GA (March 23, 2012) – Georgia’s public cyber charter school, Georgia Connections Academy (GACA), is expanding from a K–8 to K–12 school for the 2012–13 school year. Georgia Connections Academy is a tuition-free public school and students from anywhere in the state may enroll.

Enrollment for grades K–12 for the 2012–13 school year opens on April 3, 2012 and information sessions are planned statewide for interested families. The first information session will be held on March 29 in Macon—see a complete list of information sessions below.

“Good things are happening in public education, and we’re proud to be a leader in the future of great schooling in our state,” said Georgia Connections Academy Principal Heather Robinson. “We look forward to welcoming more elementary, middle, and now high schoolers next year!”

GACA is an innovative public school option that gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a high-quality curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards and offers a cutting-edge, virtual approach to school success. The flexibility and online aspects of the program are particularly appealing to today’s NetGen students and will meet the demands of many high schoolers who are concentrating on sports, arts, career or college preparatory tracks.

Authorized by the Georgia State Board of Education, the school is about to complete its first academic year where 700 students have received K–8 instruction. All instruction comes from highly-qualified, state-certified teachers.

Now, rising eighth graders can continue their education at GACA as a full high school is added to the school for the coming academic year.

Georgia Connections Academy serves a wide range of Georgia students, including those who are significantly ahead or behind grade level, those who need a flexible schedule, those who 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 at Georgia Connections Academy.

“We’ve become a tight knit community school offering all the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded student experience with clubs, field trips, counselors, and an involved network of families,” said Principal Robinson.

Families seeking more information about Georgia Connections Academy and its approach to personalized public education can visit or call 800–382–6010.

Interested parents and students are invited to free, in-person informational meetings as follows. Real-time, online, virtual information sessions will also be available for families who can not attend an in-person session – more information is available on the school’s website.

About Connections Academy
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 Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO)