About Great River Connections Academy Online School
Great River Connections Academy (GRCA) is a tuition-free virtual public school that serves students in grades K–12. Working with Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED, GRCA brings a full-time public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Ohio.
Authorized by the Ohio Council of Community Schools
The Ohio Council of Community Schools approved the opening of Great River Connections Academy under state law in March, 2018. The school is operated through a contract with Connections Academy of Ohio, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. The school is governed by an independent board of directors, and all board meetings are open to the public.
GRCA’s mission is to help each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program.
The School Experience
Our Ohio virtual school shares a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Great River Connections Academy’s full-time virtual school program helps students build on their individual strengths and interests in a setting that is both safe and connected to a larger community.
Below are a few of the driving forces behind this unique approach:
Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum
At GRCA, students receive a high-quality public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our virtual school classes meet or exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best texts, materials, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps online students engaged in new and creative ways.
The teachers are the foundation of the virtual academy experience. We select talented, passionate, certified teachers and give them special trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our school in Ohio because they care about kids and believe that personalized learning really works.
Each and every student in our Ohio virtual school has unique abilities, and all students perform better when they receive individual attention in a nurturing learning environment. These guiding principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach. Using this method, our online teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel, which can include providing extra attention in areas of weakness. This approach also allows students to accelerate learning in areas of strength or to slow down for more challenging concepts.
When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily education. They’re able to see real progress every day and work with dedicated teachers to keep their students on track. Parents say this involvement is one of the most gratifying aspects of the Ohio virtual school program.
Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®, lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an internet connection. Parents love how easy it is to schedule lessons and access grades, too!
Socialization, Community, and Friendships
Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual setting, students meet regularly in online LiveLesson® sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. There are even chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. And the flexibility of the program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of Great River Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!