Authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District
SCCA opened during the 2008 school year and is fully authorized under state law by the South Carolina Public Charter School District. The virtual school is operated by the South Carolina Connections Academy Charter School, which is a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with the Connections Academy, LLC, to provide its fully accredited educational program and other services. SCCA is lead by an independent governing board, and holds board meetings that are open to the public. Scheduled meeting dates and agendas are already in place for the current school year.
The School Experience
A common goal SCCA shares with parents is that we want our students to become successful, productive, and confident adults. SCCA’s full-time online school program was developed to help students build their individual strengths and increase their interests in a setting that feels safe yet still connected to a larger community.
Below are just a few of the ideas behind our unique approach:
Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum
SCCA provides students with an amazing online public education at no cost. We do not require materials fees or tuition charges. Our online school classes have been created to meet if not exceed all national and state standards. The best materials and resources are always used, and our curriculum keeps students engaged in creative new ways. As one of the top online schools in South Carolina, SCCA also maintains a higher degree of educational accountability for each student by requiring total participation in all the South Carolina state testing programs.
At SCCA, we believe teachers are the foundation of a good educational experience. Our talented teachers are certified, passionate, and also specially trained to succeed in online teaching. Teachers love our virtual school because they know that more individualized instruction is beneficial, and they truly care about their students.
All students have unique abilities, and each individual student performs better when they receive one-on-one attention in a nurturing and safe learning environment. These solid principles are the basis of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning®approach. This method allows teachers to really get to know the skills, learning styles, and interests of every student they teach, which also enables them to give each student the best opportunities to excel. Students are given more chances for accelerated learning when it comes to areas of strength or some extra attention in areas where they need help.
Parent-Supported Virtual Learning
With the help of parents, students prosper in education. As Learning Coaches, SCCA parents are encouraged to be closely involved in their student’s daily education. You will see actual progress on a daily basis while working to keep your student on track, and you will get to work with dedicated teachers. Many parents say their involvement is one of their favorite aspects of our virtual school program.
Connections Academy has a user-friendly system called Connexus® that allows students to access our welcoming and collaborative learning program wherever they have an Internet connection. SCCA parents love how easy it is to access grades and schedule lessons!
Socialization, Community, and Friendships
Even though your student is schooling online, there is still regular socialization activities that take place. SCCA students meet in online LiveLesson® sessions and share experiences, compare ideas, and just have fun learning together. There are also opportunities to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. The flexibility of our online program also allows students to pursue other extracurricular activities outside of SCCA or even through our own Connections Academy’s clubs!