Friday, September 7, 2018

California Connections Academy at Ripon Students “Take Seats” in Virtual Classroom

Virtual Public School Kicks Off 2018-2019 Academic Year with Exceptional Results
on Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey

Ripon, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2018) – This school year, thousands of students across Northern California will open their laptops and go back-to-school virtually, taking advantage of increased flexibility without sacrificing a quality education. More than 1,100 of them from Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties will attend California Connections Academy @ Ripon, 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 University of California 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:
·         93 percent of parents agree that the curriculum is high quality
·         96 percent of parents are satisfied with teachers’ helpfulness
·         94 percent of parents say their child or children are satisfied with the program
·         92 percent of parents agree that the school’s technology tools improve their child’s learning experience

“We are thrilled to welcome new and returning students for another year of academic achievement, digital learning and personal growth,” said Kara Mannix, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “Virtual school provides a unique learning path for students seeking a high-quality curriculum tailored to their academic needs.”   

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 @ Ripon made it possible for my daughter to pursue her unique hobbies and interests, and that would not have been possible within a traditional school schedule,” said Theresa Birtola, mother of first grader Sarah Daniels. “The flexible schedule enabled her to reach her maximum potential both inside and outside the classroom.”

California Connections Academy @ Ripon 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 @ Ripon coordinates school-sponsored events, including field trips across Northern California and university visits for high school students. California Connections Academy @ Ripon 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 @ Ripon, please 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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