Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Who is eligible to attend Washington Connections Academy (WACA)
For the 2019–2020 academic year, our online school serves students residing within Washington State in grades K–12.
What kind of technology does my family need to participate?
All the technology requirements for our Washington online schools are listed and further explained on our hardware and connectivity page. Please be sure to check that page out for a complete answer.
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 include consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with Learning Coaches and general education teachers, and virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy provides students with IEPs with related services, which 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.
Is in-person attendance required?
In-person attendance is not required for our online school. However, contact with the state-certified teacher on a weekly basis is a requirement.
With Washington Connections Academy online school, we also provide opportunities for our students to meet their teachers and each other. We offer student-centered events designed to let students meet in person, as well as field trips designed to help students learn outside their normal studies and connect with each other in a new setting. These activities are optional for students and require a designated adult to be in attendance.
As noted in the School Handbook, regular communication between students and teachers is critical to student success in this virtual school. Therefore, each student enrolled in Washington Connections Academy must have, at minimum, one direct personal contact with a teacher once each school week until the student completes all course objectives or otherwise meets the requirements of the learning plan. Where appropriate, the teacher will also contact the student’s parent or Learning Coach. Here are some examples of how our teachers and students can stay in contact:
- Interaction on the telephone
- Through LiveLessonⓇ sessions
- In-person meetings
Teachers are also available throughout the course of the school year during regular school hours if you or your student have any questions or need assistance.
What is a Choice Transfer Form and does it need to be re-submitted each year?
Students in Washington State have the right to attend a nonresident school district in accordance with RCW 28A.225.220 through 28A.225.230 for the purposes of attending an online school. To enroll in an online program, a Choice Transfer form must be submitted to the resident district annually. This form must be submitted when applying for enrollment at Washington Connections Academy. Students who do not have a form on file with their resident school district will not be allowed to enroll in Washington Connections Academy.
Does Washington Connections Academy participate in the Running Start Program?
We do not participate in the Running Start Program at this time.
Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?
Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC, which is accredited by Cognia, formerly AdvancED.
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