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Central Valley students ‘take seats’ in virtual K-12 school

Central Valley students ‘take seats’ in virtual K-12 school

Nearly 450 students attend online public school California Connections Academy

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VISALIA – Thousands of students across Central California opened their laptops and went back to school, virtually, last week. Nearly 450 of them from Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings and Inyo Counties are attending California Connections Academy @ Central, a high-quality, tuition-free, online public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

In addition to the rigorous curriculum, the school offers innovative and diverse courses including foreign languages, digital technology and web design, as well as a variety of honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for students interested in college-level curriculum. The school also provides a wide array of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) courses for grades 6-12 to help students prepare for college, and UC a-g approved courses, including several courses meeting the UC visual and performing arts requirements such as art history, digital arts, living music and more.

Students head back to school on the heels of the school’s 2018 Parent Satisfaction Survey. According to the survey results:

97 percent of parents agree that the curriculum is high quality

95 percent of parents are satisfied with teachers’ helpfulness

95 percent of parents say their child or children are satisfied with the program

93 percent of parents agree that the school’s technology tools improve their child’s learning experience.

“Today marks our 12th year serving students with a high-quality virtual education as an alternative to traditional school options,” said Marcus White, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Central. “Our teachers, staff and administrators are excited to continue to serve our students with the resources and instruction necessary to achieve academic success.”

Additionally, recent research of the Connections Academy online schools provides evidence that Connections Academy students can attain the same level of achievement as traditional brick-and-mortar schools serving similar students, and that students may be better positioned in Connections Academy schools than other virtual schools.

California Connections Academy @ Central offers a non-traditional learning environment for students who want a flexible schedule, are ahead or behind in the classroom, learn at a different pace from their peers, or want a more individualized approach to learning. State-credentialed teachers work with students to develop customized learning programs that address each student’s personal education needs while maintaining a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. A Learning Coach, generally a parent or other caretaker, also helps to monitor progress in the home.

Throughout the school year, students have many opportunities to interact with their classmates in-person. California Connections Academy @ Central coordinates school-sponsored events, including field trips across Central California and university visits for high school students. California Connections Academy @ Central also offers a variety clubs and activities for students, including National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, science and technology clubs, literary clubs, and robotics club, among others.

The school opened in 2006 and is authorized under state law by the Alpaugh Unified School District. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is currently open, with virtual information sessions being held weekly for families interested in learning about the school’s online program and individualized approach to education. For more information on California Connections Academy @ Central, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s web site at californiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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