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Our Washington Virtual School Program

Pacific Northwest Connections Academy is a tuition-free, online public school for grades 6-12, that students attend from home. Our virtual school brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Washington.

Pacific Northwest Connections Academy in Washington has been approved to serve students in grades K-12 and began serving students in grades 7-12 in fall 2019. The virtual school will transition to serving students in grades 6-12 during the 2020-2021 school year, adding a grade level each year.

Washington Virtual School’s Mission

Pacific Northwest Connections Academy’s mission is to help K-12 students maximize their potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program.

The Connections Academy in Washington School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Pacific Northwest Connections Academy’s full-time virtual school program helps 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:

Tuition-Free Virtual Education, Outstanding Curriculum

At Pacific Northwest’s virtual school, students receive a great online public school education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our grades 6–12 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 Virtual Teaching

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

Individual Student 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 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 Distance Learning

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily online learning. 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 online learning portal, Connexus®, lets students access a welcoming and collaborative school experience anywhere they have an Internet connection. Parents love how easy it is to schedule lessons and access grades, too!

Socialization at Pacific Northwest Connections Academy

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual school 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 virtual K-12 program allows plenty of opportunities for Washington’s virtual students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of Pacific Northwest Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

Authorized by the South Kitsap County Public Schools

Pacific Northwest Connections Academy was established by South Kitsap County Public Schools to serve students throughout the state beginning in the 2019–20 school year. The online school will serve students in grades 7–12 and enrollment is open to students across the state. South Kitsap County contracts with Connections Education LLC, dba Pearson Online & Blended Learning K–12 USA, to provide its educational program and other services.

Jenn Francis

Meet the School Leader

Jenn Francis

"I am passionate about online learning because it is such a wonderful and powerful way for our students to learn, develop essential life skills, and bond with their teachers."

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Carrie Meadows

Meet the Assistant Principal
Middle School (Grades 7-8)

Carrie Meadows

“Connections Academy gives families a chance to help their children develop a strong foundation for their future - I love being a part of that for our students in Washington State!" 

Nichole McCauley

Meet the Assistant Principal
High School (Grades 9-12)

Nichole McCauley

"Our High School students are provided a personalized approach to their education based on their interests including sports management, game design, criminal investigation and more. We provide a robust course catalog with over 150 courses where students can take foundations level to advanced placement courses."