Utah Tuition-Free Online School from Home

Utah Connections Academy (UCA) is a tuition-free K–12 public online school that students attend from home. UCA brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Utah.

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Students at Utah Connections Academy experience a wide range of engaging coursework that enriches their understanding of the world around them.

Authorized by the Utah State Charter School Board

Utah Connections Academy is authorized under state law by the Utah State Charter School Board. This online school is operated by Utah Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Academy of Utah, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. The school is governed by an independent board of directors, and all board meetings are open to the public. Please review the scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information about how to attend a meeting or make a request for public records.

View the school’s annual report card on the Utah State Office of Education website.

The UCA School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Utah Connections Academy’s full-time virtual school program offers an alternative to homeschool that helps online 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 UCA, students in Utah receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our 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.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the Utah Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Utah because they care about kids and believe that personalized one-on-one instruction really works.

Individual Attention

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 online 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.

Parent-Supported Learning

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.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®, lets our K–12 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 Utah Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

Principal Jeffrey Herr

Meet the Principal

Jeffrey Herr

My Name is Jeffrey Herr, and I am the principal for Utah Connections Academy. I have been an educator for more than 25 years because I believe in Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy that a well-educated citizenry is the foundation of a successful society. I am an absolutely true believer in virtual and blended education and believe these models can best prepare students for the future. 

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Assistant Principal Erik Albertine

Meet the Assistant Principal

Erik Albertine

I started out at Utah Connections Academy as a teacher, and am now honored to be the school’s assistant principal. My goal is to make sure that every student is not only successful in his or her classes and able to advance to the next educational step, but also that he or she has an adult advocate for support and motivation throughout the entire academic journey.

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