Preparing Students for College and Careers

At Texas Connections Academy @ Houston, we give students what they need to find success in the classroom and throughout their lives. Whether your child plans to go to college or start a job after high school, we’ll help them strengthen their mind and their character so they’re prepared to take on the challenges ahead.
College Prep

Leading Students Toward Higher Education

A college degree gets students ready for a successful future. And, at Texas Connections Academy, we get students ready for college. As one of the top 30 online high schools in the country,* we offer a range of honors and Advanced Placement®** courses along with plenty of online clubs for students. And we help students build the personal responsibility and love of learning they’ll need to get into—and excel at—whatever college they choose.

Students interested in college prep enjoy plenty of support along the way. Their teachers embrace their goals, and counselors guide them through the college selection and application process. Plus, our online learning environment is similar to what many colleges use, meaning our students are ready to hit the (digital) ground running. At Texas Connections Academy, students can also take advantage of dual-credit opportunities with five community colleges across the state of Texas.

If your child is interested in going to college, they’ll find the right path here.

Career Path

Launching Students Toward Success

In a fast-changing world, students who graduate with real-world skills are best positioned to succeed no matter which direction they head. Being the #2 ranked online high school in Texas,* our Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses give students the opportunity to build their skillsets while they expand their minds. Through courses in finance, marketing, psychology, criminal justice, and more, students can explore their interests and prepare for future careers—all while keeping up with the rest of their studies.

Texas Connections Academy currently offers many CTE courses. View our online high school course descriptions including Elective Career and Technical Education courses.


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Dual Credit Program

Preparing Texas Connections Academy High School Students for College

Texas Connections Academy students in grades 9-12 may be eligible to earn college credits through our dual credit program in partnership with Austin Community College, Collin College, Houston Community College, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, South Texas College, or the University of Texas-San Antonio. Students may take up to two dual credit courses per semester at a reduced tuition rate through our providers. Here is what you need to know to get started:

  • Ninth through twelfth-grade students must be enrolled in Texas Connections Academy for at least one semester prior to qualifying for dual credit courses.
  • Qualifying college entrance exam scores are required to take dual credit courses.
  • College courses can be taken virtually or face-to-face through one of our providers.
  • Contact your school counselor for more details on how to sign up for dual credit.
College Acceptance

Where Our Students Are Going

When students learn in a way that works best for them, they can continue on to college and thrive. Graduates of Texas Connections Academy have turned their online public school education into spots at top colleges across the U.S. and around the world. We’re proud of their achievement—and look forward to helping even more students get into college in the years to come. Take a look at all the colleges that have accepted graduates of Connections Academy.

Some of the schools Connections Academy students have been accepted to include:

  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Auburn University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lawrence University
  • Marquette University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Pepperdine University
  • Princeton University
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanford University
  • Tulane University
  • Tufts University
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Villanova University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wellesley College
  • Yale University
Building Independence

Ready to Take On the World

At Texas Connections Academy, we put students on a path that keeps them going long after they graduate. It’s about giving them what they need to pursue their dreams. It’s about building knowledge and character. And it’s about living up to our commitment through caring teachers, an expert-designed curriculum and a learning experience that lifts students up and allows them to soar. The future awaits. With an online public school education at Texas Connections Academy, your child will be ready for it.


*Based on 2021 Niche Best Online High Schools ranking.
**AP® Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

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