North Carolina Connections Academy Opens Initial Enrollment Period for the 2015–16 School Year

In preparation for its inaugural academic year, the statewide, tuition-free virtual public school is hiring a principal; will host information sessions for families across the state


Durham, NC (March 3, 2015) – North Carolina Connections Academy (NCCA), the state’s newest full-time, tuition-free virtual public charter school for all students in grades K–9 across the state, is now accepting applications during its initial enrollment period for the 2015-16 school year. The school has begun the search for a highly-qualified and experienced individual to serve as the school’s principal.

The school will open this August and can enroll up to 1,500 students in grades K-9 from anywhere in the state. The initial enrollment period is from March 3 to April 2. A lottery will be held in April, if necessary. Families interested in learning more are invited to attend an online or in-person information session – a complete list of events will soon be available on the school’s website.

North Carolina Connections Academy will combine North Carolina-certified teachers, an award-winning curriculum, technology tools, engaging electives, and social experiences to create a supportive and successful online learning program for families and students who want an individualized approach to education. As a public virtual charter school, all students will be required to take the same state assessments as traditional school students measuring their mastery of North Carolina state academic standards.

“When it comes to educating students, it is no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and we are excited to provide students in North Carolina access to a personalized education with a high-quality virtual public school option,” said Bryan Setser, Board President of North Carolina Connections Academy, who encourages interested families to attend an upcoming information session to get a feel for the online learning experience. “Families in North Carolina can trust NCCA to provide a complete education experience where students can maximize their potential, thrive academically, and prepare for future goals and successes.”

North Carolina Connections Academy was unanimously approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education in February, and the school’s charter agreement will be held by a non-profit organization, North Carolina for Quality Virtual Education, Inc. The school is governed by an independent board of directors composed of North Carolina residents, while its curriculum and other services are contracted through Connections Education, a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable digital learning solutions and accredited by AdvancED.

In addition to hiring a principal, the virtual public school will identify a teaching and learning center, as well as hire its team of teachers and administrators who will be based in North Carolina. All NCCA students will participate in the nationally accredited Connections Academy program that combines high-quality resources from leading publishers with leading-edge, yet easy-to-use, technology tools and hands-on materials. Students will work closely with certified North Carolina teachers using detailed daily lesson plans that can be personalized to meet individual student needs. A parent, or another caring adult “Learning Coach,” will monitor student progress.

A virtual school serves a wide variety of students, including those who are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom, those who need a flexible schedule or learn at a different pace from their peers, and those who need more individualized attention or live in rural settings. Homebound and previously home-schooled students can also thrive in NCCA’s program.

NCCA can initially enroll up to 1,500 students from across the state in grades K-9 and grow in subsequent years. A grade level will be added each school year until the fourth year of operation, increasing enrollment until the school serves a maximum of 2,592 students in grades K-12. For additional information, visit www.NorthCarolinaConnectionsAcademy.com.

About North Carolina Connections Academy
North Carolina Connections Academy (NCCA) is a tuition-free, virtual public charter pilot school for students in grades K-9. The school was approved in February 2015 by the North Carolina State Board of Education and will deliver a fully-accredited education beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. NCCA provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere there is an Internet connection and with an innovative online school curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of certified North Carolina-based teachers, an award-winning curriculum, engaging electives, technology tools, and social experiences provides a supportive online learning opportunity for students who want an individualized approach to education. NCCA can initially enroll up to 1,500 students from across the state in grades K-9, and a grade level will be added each school year. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit www.NorthCarolinaConnectionsAcademy.com.