Wednesday, September 3, 2014

California Connections Academy Ripon Expands Opportunities for Online Students

More Career Technical Education and UC A-G Approved Courses Help Set Up Students for Success
RIPON, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2014) – This fall, a growing number of students heading back to school will log into class from the comfort of their own home, including more than 450 students at California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free online public school. The school, which serves students in grades K-12 residing in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties, has added 12 additional Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. Additionally, California students enrolled in Connections Academy have access to more than 40University of California (UC) A-G approved courses.

California Connections Academy’s CTE courses enable high school students to explore fields of study ranging from crime scene investigation to business communications. Through engaging multimedia content, personalized study guides, interactive exercises and more, students get an in-depth look at potential careers and now have a wider selection, with new courses added such as Introduction to the Paralegal Profession, Java Programming and Public Speaking. The school also offers a variety of NCAA-approved courses for college-bound student athletes.

For students in California, Connections Academy offers approximately 40 University of California (UC)-approved courses that will help students satisfy entrance requirements for public universities in the UC and the California State University (CSU) systems. New additions this year include Statistics, Latin I and higher levels of World Language for French and Spanish. For a full list of UC A-G approved courses, visit the A-G Course Lists page on the UC Doorways website and search online course provider “Connections Academy.”

“We are very excited to offer more ways for our students to explore areas they are passionate in, while giving them equal opportunities to compete successfully for college admissions,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy. “The flexibility of our online platform allows us to continually grow our offerings, while working one-on-one with students, allowing us to focus on helping each student achieve their personal best.”

Connections Academy, one of the first online schools to receive UC “program status” in 2008, is a tuition-free online public school where students receive a high-quality, personalized, public education outside the traditional classroom. Students and teachers work together to develop a personalized learning plan and adjust it as needed throughout the course of the year. California-credentialed teachers deliver Connections Academy’s high-quality and innovative curriculum through LiveLesson® sessions—live instruction conducted online—and work with students one-on-one to provide additional instruction, answer questions and offer any other support the student needs to succeed. The highly accountable online program engages a student’s parent or another adult as their Learning Coach, who works to monitor academic progress in the home.

California Connections Academy is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District and is currently enrolling students for the 2014-2015 school year. Families interested in learning more can visit the school’s website.
About California Connections Academy @ Ripon

California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in grades K-12 in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of theWestern Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District. California Connections Academy provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives such as the Juilliard eLearning program, 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, visit the school’s website or call 800-382-6010.

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