Leading Virtual School Provider Kicks Off Second Decade of Delivering Innovative Public School Option
Baltimore (April 3, 2012) — Connections Academy (www.ConnectionsAcademy.com), a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual K-12 schooling, today opened enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year. The e-learning pioneer kicks off its second decade of serving students with new schools, new programs, and a host of exciting new courses, instructional tools, and student activities. During the upcoming school year Connections Academy expects to operate 24 virtual public schools in 22 states — including two new schools in northern California and Iowa.
Connections Academy will host a record number of free parent information sessions to fulfill a growing number of requests for information about the virtual school program. Parents and others seeking more information about Connections Academy schools can attend more than 500 free in-person information sessions across the country and 260 online information sessions.
At the information sessions, parents will have an opportunity to learn about the Connections Academy curriculum, and thoroughly explore the program. They can also interact with Connections Academy representatives and parents. A complete schedule with dates and locations is available at www.ConnectionsAcademy.com or by calling (800) 382-6010. For those unable to attend an in-person information session, real-time online sessions with a school representative are available. Through another option, Parent-to-Parent meetings, interested families have the opportunity to speak with current Connections Academy families in a more casual setting.
Prospective students and their parents can also learn about Connections Academy via many social networks. Families may follow Connections Academy on Facebook and Twitter, watch videos on YouTube and read Virtual Learning Connections, the Connections Academy blog for families interested in supporting K-12 learning from home.
Connections Academy Community Outreach Director Sylvia Pryor encourages families considering virtual school to attend an information session or participate in a Parent-to-Parent meeting because virtual education, while a great choice for many families, may not be a good fit for some. “Virtual school requires parents to make a commitment to be involved in their child’s education,” Pryor observes. “At our information sessions, we let families know what they can expect in the virtual school setting, and what it takes to succeed. We want students to thrive at Connections Academy schools, and understanding how it all works is essential.”
Exciting developments also are taking place on the curriculum front, as Connections Academy expands its educational offerings, adding new programs and a host of new courses, instructional tools, and student activities. Three new specialty academies will be available for students who have exceptional talent in the performing arts, competitive sports, or math and science. Open to qualified Connections Academy students, the Performing Arts Academy, the Sports Academy and Math and Science Academy, offer enriching experiences, networking opportunities, and specialty-focused coursework – including NCAA-approved courses for student athletes.
All Connections Academy students will be able to select a number of engaging new courses, including: Digital Arts; Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Engineering Design and Game Design; and AP World History. Innovative instructional tools will be available to students for the first time, including: Lab Investigator: Virtual Dissection; a virtual wordplay game for middle school students; and selected state history courses with Google Earth tours and virtual timelines – showcased by robot avatars. Just-introduced extra-curricular clubs and activities for 2012-2013 include digital storytelling and brainteasers clubs.
Connections Academy schools deliver top-quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers; a proven curriculum; technology tools; and community experiences to create a supportive and successful environment for children who benefit from an individualized approach to education. Most Connections Academy schools can accept students in grades K-12 from anywhere in their states. More information about specific Connections Academy schools’ services and eligibility guidelines are available at www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.
Connections Academy parents from across the country praise the online school’s educational program, its exceptional certified teachers, and high quality curriculum:
“I am so happy with Connections Academy. My son has never experienced this level of academic success before. We are both excited, and empowered.”
- Sierra Bailey, parent
“At the top of the list of things I like about Connections Academy are the support I get from the teachers, the structure of the program, and the flexibility. Our kids love this school, and my husband and I are so happy we chose Connections Academy for their education.”
- Angela Desmyther, Michigan Connections Academy parent
“ My son has fabulous, enthusiastic teachers who really seem to care about connecting with their students. We also appreciate the flexibility with his schedule and for his being able to take more advanced classes.”
- MTS Minnesota Connections Academy family
About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2011–12 school year, Connections Academy serves students in 21 states via 22 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com. Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO) www.Pearson.com.
Allison Bazin Sandy Burke
Connections Academy Director of Public Relations Athena Public Relations