California Connections Academy Capistrano opens enrollment
Tuition-free online public school sees enrollment figures rise in 2016
OW Staff Writer | 3/9/2017, midnight
As technology continues to revolutionize American education, the number of students turning to virtual and blended learning programs continues to grow. In fact, from September 2015 to September 2016, California Connections Academy at Capistrano saw student enrollment increase by 17 percent. The school, serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, is now enrolling new students for the 2017-18 school year during the open enrollment period and will be hosting free digital and in-person information sessions throughout Southern California for interested families to learn more.
Through advanced technology tools and a rigorous curriculum, teachers work closely with students to develop an individualized learning plan that 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.
“Through a flexible learning environment and experienced teachers, we help prepare students for the responsibilities and rigor of the 21st century,” said Dr. Richard Savage, executive director at California Connections Academy at Capistrano. “We take great pride in helping students achieve their highest academic potential using an education model that is best suited to their needs.”
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 that meets rigorous state education standards and state-credentialed teachers who teach a variety of courses, including honors and AP classes, extensive electives such as foreign languages, digital technology and career technical courses. In addition, the school offers core classes in math, science, language arts and social studies, and UC “A-G” approved science wet labs.
California Connections Academy also offers a range of online clubs, from robotics and sports, to environmental, college prep, and more. Many students also enjoy the in-person field trips and special events planned throughout the year–from college visits to school dances–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.