Washington Online School Curriculum
Combining the best of both online and offline resources, Pacific Northwest Connections Academy is a full-time virtual public school program that combines materials from leading curriculum specialists and educational publishers to develop a comprehensive, high-quality program that gives 6–12 students the best at-home education possible. With the help of these amazing curriculum resources, students can not only explore but also master the required core subjects of mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies.
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A 21st Century Online Curriculum for 21st Century Success
At Pacific Northwest Connections Academy, tuition-free virtual school is a highly effective alternative to traditional homeschool and public school curriculum—it is designed to give students the thinking skills and knowledge they’ll need for the future, whether in their careers or in the pursuit of higher education. Lessons are structured to meet the needs of students at each grade level and allow for self-paced learning to make sure each student has the tools needed to reach his or her full potential. Courses are also designed to help each student develop skills within the “four C’s”:
- Creativity and innovation
- Critical thinking and problem solving
Only the Finest Materials
Only the best texts and teaching materials are used by our curriculum experts to create lessons, units, and activities to help students learn and grow. Working closely with these curriculum experts, Connections Academy’s multimedia team creates interactive resources and tools to engage students and keep them interested in learning. Teachlet® tutorials and learning games are an excellent resource, offering a combination of video, audio, and graphics to bring concepts and ideas from the lessons to life.
At Pacific Northwest Connections Academy, we know how important elective courses are in developing well-rounded students, which is why we offer a variety of these courses for 6–12 students. Options span across a wide range of subjects, including game design, sign language, home life, world languages, and more. Access to these electives gives students the opportunity to expand their skills while exploring new interests.
To make sure we’re delivering only the best and most effective content that aligns with not only state but also national standards, we regularly evaluate and revise our curriculum. We value student and parent input on this matter and request that they rate each lesson on a 5-star scale to help us understand what is working and what can use improvement. With nearly four million evaluations, Connections Academy’s average lesson rating is 4.2 out of 5 stars.
Curriculum Built for Success
The foundation of a good education is a strong curriculum, one that helps students prepare for college, work, and life in general. Believing this to be true, we’ve continued to develop, test, and refine the Connections Academy curriculum over the years to make sure it’s meeting all necessary standards, including those set by the state and those on the national level. Even more important, our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our students.
Online Curriculum Development Experts
The team of experts behind the design, evaluation, and improvement of this outstanding tuition-free virtual school curriculum is made up of educators with experience teaching in the classroom, expertise on subject matter, and advanced degrees in curriculum development, technology education, and instructional design. This team is dedicated to developing a curriculum that not only is high-quality but also delivers real results.
This team starts by identifying the objectives and skills students need to learn at each grade level. They then create lessons that allow students to develop and practice these skills. The curriculum also provides assessments along the way to help measure progress. This enables our students to do more than just learn a subject—they can master it.
Bringing Lessons to Life
Working with in-house videographers, computer programmers, and graphic designers, our talented development team is able to bring our high-quality curriculum to life in a way that helps students remain interested and excited to learn. In addition, this team is constantly reviewing the best texts and instructional materials to be sure only the finest learning materials are weaved into the lessons, units, and activities in the curriculum used at Pacific Northwest Connections Academy. And the best part is, we’re able to deliver these excellent resources directly into the homes of our students.
Our curriculum allows students to engage with study material as they collaborate with classmates, which teaches them the skills they need to work together with others and to learn independent thinking.
Hundreds of Proven Online Courses
At Pacific Northwest Connections Academy, the curriculum includes the basic core classes of language arts/English, math, social studies, and science at every grade level. We also offer a variety of electives to give students the opportunity to explore what interests them most while broadening their skills. Our electives cover a wide range of subjects, including digital arts, sign language, game design, music, world languages, and so many more. We also have gifted and talented, and honors courses available.
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