California Connections Academy @ Central Students “Take Seats” in Virtual Classroom
Virtual Public School Kicks Off 2018-2019 Academic Year with Exceptional Results
on Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey
Visalia, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2018) – This school year, thousands of students across Central California will open their laptops and go back-to-school virtually, taking advantage of increased flexibility without sacrificing a quality education. Nearly 450 of them from Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings and Inyo Counties will attendCalifornia 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. See efficacy report for details.
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 clubsliterary clubs, and robotics club, among others.
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, please visit the school’s website
About California Connections Academy @ Central 
California Connections Academy @ Central, also known as Central California Connections Academy, is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable online public school serving students in grades K-12, including transitional kindergarten, in Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2006 and is authorized under state law by the Alpaugh Unified School District. California Connections Academy provides students who meet state residency requirements with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an internet connection with an innovative curriculum which meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s website.

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