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2017 Annual Parent Survey – Fifteen Consecutive Years of Top Marks from Online School Parents

Results Show Overwhelming Satisfaction with Connections Academy Schools, Teachers and Curriculum


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Baltimore, Md. (August 11, 2017) — Virtual public schools supported by Connections Academy released results today from an annual parent satisfaction survey measuring families’ satisfaction with their Connections Academy virtual school experience. The 2017 third-party survey marks fifteen years of surveying online school parents about their virtual school, and fifteen consecutive years of high marks for the online program in key areas including curriculum, teachers, and technology.

Ninety percent of parents with students enrolled in a Connections Academy school gave their online school an “A” or “B” grade, a rating that has remained steady since the survey was launched. In comparison, 67 percent of public school parents gave the school their oldest child attends an “A” or “B” grade, according to the 48th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools*.

Often the keenest indicator of parent satisfaction, 92 percent of families with students enrolled in Connections Academy would recommend the online school to other parents. Online teachers, the backbone of a quality education, were also recognized in the survey results, with 95 percent of parents reporting satisfaction with the helpfulness of their Connections Academy teachers.

Connections’ proven curriculum, including unique electives, technology tools and community experiences, creates a supportive online learning opportunity for families who want an individualized approach to education. This year, 95 percent of parents agreed that the curriculum is high quality, and 93 percent agreed that the use of technology is improving the learning experience.

Additional highlights include:

  • 95% of parents say their child/children are satisfied with Connections Academy’s program
  • 93% of parents agree that they are satisfied with the variety of learning activities provided by the program
  • 92% of parents agree that the teachers improve the learning experience
  • 91% of parents agree that their child/children are making good progress at Connections Academy

What parents are saying:
The curriculum is outstanding. My children are excited to learn and talk to us daily about things they have learned. We also like the flexibility that allows us to learn at a pace that is best suited for us.” —Cheryl Martins, Ohio Connections Academy parent

“I like the fact that my child can learn at his own pace, and that he is actually learning! I know that he is in a safe environment and that Connections Academy has amazing teachers and staff that really care about the children.” —Sheila Hulse, Nevada Connections Academy parent

Families have diverse reasons for choosing online school and enrolling in Connections Academy, including: 48 percent required greater flexibility; 43 percent wanted a change from their local school; 35 percent wanted a safe learning environment; and 24 percent of parents wanted to be more involved in their child’s education. Families also cited health concerns, bullying or extracurricular activities as reasons for enrollment.

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is currently open and information sessions are happening across the nation and online for families interested in learning more about the online school program. To learn more, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

Survey methodology
Connections Academy conducts the annual Parent Satisfaction Survey to find out how parents, guardians and Learning Coaches grade the program in several key areas. The 2017 survey was conducted from January 17 to March 3, 2017 by Shapiro + Raj, an independent market research company which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results. No individual responses were accessible to Connections Academy. Parents of all students enrolled at the time of the survey were invited to complete the survey online. A WebMail invitation was sent to each parent, and one response per household was submitted. Thirty-six percent of the more than 48,500 families with students enrolled in a Connections Academy school at the time of the survey responded to the survey.

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading provider of high-quality virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience the Connections Academy online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, an award-winning 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. Connections Academy-supported schools offer grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. For more information, call 888-410-6502 or visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company Pearson.