Monday, March 12, 2018

California Connections Academy @ Ripon Opens Enrollment for 2018-19 School Year

Tuition-free online public school offers flexible option for K-12 students to thrive

RIPON, CA – California Connections Academy @ Ripona tuition-free, virtual public school, announces open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. The school, which serves students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties offers a flexible learning option to meet the needs of the modern student. 

“At Connections Academy, I love that my days are never repetitive and there is always something new to learn,” said Delaney Bagneschi, student at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “Being able to get in touch with all my teachers when I have subject questions or just questions in general has never been easier.”

Through advanced technology tools and a rigorous curriculum, teachers work closely with students to develop an individualized learning plan, which nurtures their strengths and provides additional support for areas of difficulty. The diverse student body includes competitive athletes with strict training schedules, previously homeschooled students looking for teacher support, and students seeking expanded course offerings, among others.

“It’s our mission to offer students a flexible and high-quality learning option that suits their academic needs,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “For prospective families, we recommend attending a free online or in-person information session to learn more about virtual school at Connections Academy.”

California Connections Academy enabled prolific alums Mirai Nigasu, Vincent Zhou, Nathan Chen and Karen Chen to chase international ice skating glory at PyeongChang, exemplary of the flexibility the school offers – allowing students to accommodate their schedules around other commitments.

While flexibility and a change in local school options are largely cited as reasons for switching to online school, the benefits of online learning go far beyond that. California Connections Academy provides a high-quality curriculum, which meets rigorous state education standards and state-credentialed teachers who teach a variety of courses, including honors and AP classes, digital technology and career technical courses. In addition, the school offers a variety of UC "a-g" courses including science wet labs, numerous visual and performing arts courses and more.
California Connections Academy also offers students a National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters, and an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to help students in grades 6-12 prepare for college. Many students also enjoy multiple in-person field trips and special events planned throughout the year where they can socialize offline with staff and fellow students.

For additional information about online education and the enrollment process, the school is hosting online and in-person free information sessions. To learn more about California Connections Academy and begin the enrollment process, 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, including transitional kindergarten, 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 the Western 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 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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