On the heels of announcing four new Connections Academy online schools, Pearson will support two additional online public schools in the Pacific Northwest for a total of 42 online partner schools nationwide, one international private school in the 2019-2020 school year
Columbia, MD (July 2) Pearson announces two new full-time virtual public schools will deliver its Connections Academy virtual school program for grades K-12 in the 2019-2020 school year. The schools join four other new schools, raising the total to six new schools and 42 total Connections Academy partner schools for the 2019-20 school year and one international private school.
Willamette Connections Academy will serve students statewide in grades K-12 in Oregon and Pacific Northwest Connections Academy in Washington state will serve students statewide in grades 7-12. Pacific Northwest Connections Academy will add a grade each year, starting with the addition of sixth grade in the 2020-21 school year. Both schools are public schools and tuition-free.
The four other new schools were announced in May and include: two regional schools in California, one in Minnesota, and one in Tennessee.
Pearson-supported virtual schools served over 70,000 students in 28 states in the 2018-19 school year. The schools just celebrated graduation where 7,500 students received their high school diplomas at in-person ceremonies.
“It’s an honor to support more educators in Oregon and Washington as they bring online learning to students who want and need a high quality classroom alternative. We have a busy summer ahead of us and look forward to the new school year with, now, forty-two Connections Academy partner schools.” commented Tom ap Simon, managing director for Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning division.
Since 2001, Connections Academy schools have used technology to deliver a new way for students to go to public school; offering a flexible, personalized approach to learning. The online school model enables teachers to work one-on-one with students, tailoring instruction to student needs and learning styles. Students work from home or any location where the student learns best. A parent or other adult serves as a Learning Coach and monitors student progress.
Students and their families choose Connections Academy schools for a variety of reasons. The 2019 Connections Academy parent survey shows top reasons for enrollment include a desire for: flexibility (48%), a different public school (37%), a safe environment (36%), more involvement with child’s education (25%). Twenty-three percent of parents say they enrolled their child to avoid bullying, while 17% have a child with health issues.
To learn more about Connections Academy schools, visit www.connnectionsacademy.com.
About Connections Academy
Since 2001, Connections Academy online schools have delivered high-quality online education to students in grades K through 12. Hallmarks of the program include personalized learning, flexibility to learn where and when students learn best, certified teachers, an award-winning, standards-aligned curriculum, technology tools, and a rich online school community. For more information, call 888-410-6502 or visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company Pearson.
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