Sponsored by Scio School District
Willamette Connections Academy is sponsored by Scio School District to serve students throughout the state beginning in the 2019–20 school year. The online school will serve students in grades K–12 and enrollment is open to students across the state. Scio School District contracts with Connections Education LLC, dba Pearson Online & Blended Learning K–12 USA, to provide its educational program and other services.
The mission of Willamette Connections Academy is to create a personalized, student-centered learning experience with certified teachers dedicated to helping students succeed in school and in life. Learning Coaches, usually parents, guide students on a daily basis and get a front row seat to their academic journey.
The Willamette Connections Academy Virtual School Experience
We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Willamette 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 Willamette Connections Academy, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our K–12 virtual school classes meet and exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best texts, materials, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps students engaged in new and creative ways.
The teachers are the foundation of the Willamette Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Oregon because they care about kids and believe that personalized one-on-one instruction really works.
Each and every student 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, teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel. This approach also allows students to accelerate learning in areas of strength or receive extra attention in areas of weakness.
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 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 Willamette Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!