Virtual Public School, Kansas Connections Academy, is Enrolling Students for the 2010–11 School Year

Tuition-free, Statewide Virtual Public School Serves K–12 Students Statewide

Elkhart (April 20, 2010)—Kansas Connections Academy (KCA), the tuition-free, statewide virtual public school that students attend from home, has opened enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year. Students residing in Kansas who are entering grades K–12 in the 2010–11 school year are eligible to attend KCA.

A state-approved program of the Elkhart Unified School District 218, KCA opened in August 2001 as Elkhart Cyber School and successfully served students throughout Kansas through the 2009–10 school year. The school recently became KCA, and the program is now run in partnership with Connections Academy of Kansas, LLC, to provide the educational program and other services such as guidance services and student clubs and activities. Principal Sherri Hurn, who has led the school since its inception, will continue at the school’s helm; its administrative and teaching center will also remain at the same location in Elkhart.

“We are looking forward to the start of the 2010–11 school year as Kansas Connections Academy and the opportunity to build upon our previous success” commented Sherri Hurn, principal of Kansas Connections Academy. “The main foundation of our program, a focus on close interaction between the student and the teacher, will not change. We are excited about what we are able to offer with KCA. Our teachers will have many more resources available to use with students and our students will have more opportunities for interaction with one another through clubs and face-to-face activities and field trips. The demand for virtual education in Kansas continues to grow and we are confident that Kansas Connections Academy will serve as an innovative and high-quality option for families seeking a personalized and flexible approach to education.”

Informational parent meetings about KCA and its curriculum will be held in communities across the state and online in May. Parents can find a complete schedule of information sessions online at . Additionally, families seeking more information about KCA can call 800-382-6010 or visit the website . August 16th will be the first day of school for the 2010–11 KCA school year.

KCA gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The program combines Kansas-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. All KCA students participate in the nationally certified Connections Academy program that includes a print-rich curriculum that combines high quality textbooks from leading publishers with cutting-edge, yet easy-to-use, technology resources and hands-on materials. Learning from home, students will work closely with their parents, or other “Learning Coaches” and a licensed Kansas teacher using detailed daily lesson plans that can be personalized to meet individual student needs.

Interaction between teachers and students is 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 traditional public schools. KCA serves a wide range of Kansas students, including those who are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom; students who would benefit from more individualized instruction; or who require a flexible school schedule.

KCA joins the network of 18 Connections Academy schools in 17 states which expects to serve over 25,000 students in the 2010–11 school year. Connections Academy is accredited by AdvancED, an organization representing 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide. Parents’ and educators’ growing demand for this exceptional public school program spurred a 30 percent growth in the national Connections Academy school network for the 2010-2011 school year. This increase in demand—both on the part of parents and students as well as educational partners—stems from CA’s proven track record in helping students achieve their maximum potential for academic and emotional success.

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 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 2010–11 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in Arizona, California (Southern and Central), Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming through its public school programs. 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