Parents Interested in Learning More about Virtual Schooling Invited to Live Twitter Chat

— Parent with Connections Academy, leading virtual school provider, to share online schooling experience, answer questions –

BALTIMORE, MD (February 7, 2013) — Have a question about what it would be like to switch to a virtual school? How an online learning program can help students succeed? Parents interested in learning more about this innovative education option will have an opportunity to ask a virtual school parent these questions and more during a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. EST. The event—A Parent’s View of Virtual School — will be hosted by Connections Academy, a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable online schooling for students in grades K through 12.

Parents are invited to connect with Melissa Gruber, an experienced Connections Academy parent, for a live question and answer session about what it is like to have students enrolled in virtual school. After trying both the traditional classroom and homeschooling, Gruber’s children have been thriving as Connections Academy students for four years. With daughters in kindergarten, fourth and eighth grade, Gruber can share her experience with virtual schooling across various grade levels.

“I know many parents are concerned about how educating children at home will affect them, and this is a wonderful program,” Gruber said. “Connections Academy has not only provided great learning opportunities for my girls but has also given them opportunities they would not have received otherwise.”

What: Live Twitter Chat—A Parent’s View of Virtual School

How: To see the discussion, follow @ConnectionsAcad on Twitter, then search for the hashtag #AskConnections. To Tweet questions during the chat, use hashtag: #AskConnections.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m. EST

Who: The general public is invited to join the Twitter conversation as Connections Academy parent Melissa Gruber answers questions.

Connections Academy schools offer a challenging, standards-based alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar school with a full-time virtual school program that combines certified teachers and a comprehensive curriculum with technology tools and community experiences to create an individualized approach to education.

About Connections Academy           
Connections Academy is a leading 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 2012–13 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 22 states via 24 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 Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).