Louisiana Connections Academy to Expand

-- State Board of Education Increases Student Enrollment at Virtual Charter School; May Serve 1000 Students in Grades K–12 Statewide --

BATON ROUGE (March 9, 2012) – More Louisiana students in grades K–12 will be allowed to enroll in Louisiana Connections Academy for the 2012–13 school year thanks to actions taken by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education today. Louisiana Connections Academy is a free public virtual charter school that serves students in grades K–12 throughout the state.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved increasing total student enrollment at the Type 2 charter to 1000 for the coming academic year.

“This is a clear vote of confidence for us and we appreciate Superintendent John White and BESE’s positive reaction to Louisiana Connections Academy during our first year of operation,” said Principal Caroline Wood.

Learning outside the traditional classroom, Louisiana Connections Academy students attend virtual public school from home. Certified Louisiana teachers provide instruction online and interact with students via the computer, telephone, web conferencing, email, chat, and at in-person field trips. The school’s high-quality curriculum meets all state standards and enrolled students are required to take standardized state tests, like all other public school students.

“In our virtual school, the computer is a tool for teachers to manage and track assignments, communicate, and deliver lessons and other interactive curriculum materials,” said Principal Wood. “However, students complete many assignments ‘unplugged,’ and spend time reading textbooks, using workbooks, reading library books and doing hands-on experiments—just like at a traditional school.”

Each student is supervised at home by their “Learning Coach,” usually a parent, grandparent or guardian who monitors their progress in the home and also serves as a point of contact for Louisiana Connections Academy teachers and counselors.

Principal Wood said that 600 students enrolled in the virtual school during, this, its first year of operation— with every grade and nearly every parish represented by at least one student. A substantial waiting list for students seeking enrollment was in effect through January, when this year’s enrollment officially closed.

“One reason families are turning to tuition-free full-time virtual schools like Louisiana Connections Academy is that parents want a more personalized education for their children,” notes Principal Wood. “Our school tailors students’ studies to their abilities and interests, and students can work at their own pace. We are a great alternative for students who just aren’t thriving in a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ classroom setting.”

Students can enroll for the 2012–13 school year starting April 3, 2012. More information may be found online: http://www.louisianaconnectionsacademy.com. Representative from the school will be traveling across the state this spring to host information sessions and to meet one-on-one with parents and students who want to find out more about Louisiana Connections Academy.

For more information, contact Louisiana Connections Academy, located at 8281 Goodwood Blvd., Ste J-2, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or call 225–372–8389.

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