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Frequently Asked Questions about South Carolina Connections Academy

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How did South Carolina Connections Academy come to be?

In Spring 2007, the South Carolina Legislature passed H3097, a bill that allowed virtual charter schools in the state. Parents and educators who came together from around the state to support that legislation then formed a Charter Committee to develop the South Carolina Connections Academy charter school application, was approved by the school's authorizer on February 7, 2008. This is South Carolina’s very first statewide virtual charter school.

Who is eligible to enroll in online school at South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA)?

Students entering grades K–12 residing anywhere in South Carolina are eligible to attend.

Is there anything unique about how the Connections Academy program will work in South Carolina?

Yes. H3097 set some specific standards for virtual charter schools, including a requirement that 25% of instruction be 'in real-time.' Connections Academy offers a wide range of opportunities for students to participate in direct instruction including real-time, online instruction via LiveLesson ® sessions; phone instruction; mandatory state testing sessions; and field trips. Families who enroll should be prepared for more synchronous interaction with their teachers. These opportunities are designed to enhance the learning experience while maintaining as much flexibility as possible for our families. If you have further questions, please contact the school principal.

What kind of technology does my family need to participate?

If you have access to a PC meeting these minimum requirements, any Internet connection, and a printer, then you have all the technology you'll need.

What if I do not have a computer and/or Internet access and/or a printer?

Based on its current budget resources, South Carolina Connections Academy does not provide computers, printers, or an Internet subsidy for students enrolling in the school. View more information about computer and hardware requirements.

Does Connections Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?

For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Connections Academy provides a continuum of virtual special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy provides students with IEPs with related services, that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy, as determined by the IEP team. For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Connections Academy develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.

How does South Carolina Connections Academy support students with disabilities?

Federal law requires South Carolina Connections Academy to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. South Carolina Connections Academy is committed to providing its students with equal access to its education program. We provide students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student is in need of assistance in order to fully participate in South Carolina Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school's special education director at cboyd@scca.connectionsacademy.org or contact the school’s 504 coordinators at jbailey@scca.connectionsacademy.org.

You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.

How do I request a transcript?

South Carolina Connections Academy has authorized Parchment, Inc. to provide free transcripts and in electronic or paper format. If this is your first time requesting a transcript, you will first have to register by creating a new account. Once you have created your account, you can request to have your transcript sent to any destination and track your transcript order. For any questions regarding obtaining your transcript or report card through Parchment, please feel free to contact us by phone at 803-212-4712.

Will my student be able to participate in extracurricular sports and activities in my district?

Yes, students attending charter schools in South Carolina are eligible to to participate in extracurricular and interscholastic activities at their local district public school. To learn more about which state-sponsored activities are available to your student, visit the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools website or contact your school counselor.

Do South Carolina Connections Academy students participate in standardized tests?

Yes, public school students in South Carolina are required to take standardized tests based on their grade range or academic level. To learn more, visit the South Carolina Board of Education website or view the current testing schedule.

Where can I learn about important dates like holidays and testing schedules?

Visit the School Calendar page to see the schools holiday and testing schedule for the current school year.

Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?

South Carolina Connections Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accrediting division of Cognia, formerly AdvancED.

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