Frequently Asked Questions About Tennessee Connections Academy Online School
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What students are eligible to participate in in Tennessee Connections Academy?
Tennessee Connections Academy serves Tennessee students in grades K–12*. See the Eligibility section of the website for full details.
* Tennessee Connections Academy’s community of schools serves students in grades K-12. Tennessee Connections Academy is approved through the Tennessee Public Virtual Schools Act and the Tennessee Department of Education.
What kind of technology does my family need to participate?
Families enrolling in Tennessee should visit the hardware and connectivity page for full details.
Does Connections Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?
For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Connections Academy provides 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, yet need accommodations in the virtual environment, Connections Academy may develop (as needed) and implement Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.
How does Tennessee Connections Academy support students with disabilities?
Federal law requires Tennessee Connections Academy to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. Tennessee 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 Tennessee Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school’s special education director or the school’s 504 coordinator. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.
Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?
Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by Cognia, formerly AdvancED.
What is Tennessee Connections Academy's attendance policy?
Tennessee Connections Academy students are required to work in Connexus for 6.5 hours a day or 33 hours a week.
What is the role of a Learning Coach?
Just like in a bricks-and-mortar school, the most successful students have parents who are involved in their education. We recommend that a parent or other trusted adult serve as a Learning Coach to support the student’s learning. Each family does this differently, and the role largely depends on the age of the student. For instance, students in high school are encouraged to work more independently, whereas elementary-age students will need more support while completing lessons. Some of the ways families may support learning include providing daily structure, communicating with teachers, and helping students stay on track. Learn more about the responsibilities and time commitments of a Learning Coach.
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