Connections Academy, the Leading Virtual Education Provider Featured in NBC News ‘Education Nation’
Baltimore, MD (News4us.com) October 1, 2010
Connections Academy, the leading virtual education provider, has been featured in “Education Nation,” the national NBC News event taking place all this week. “Education Nation,” designed to spark an “in-depth conversation about improving education in America,” showcased the Connections Academy national network of virtual public schools in a TodayShow.com story on new education trends and ‘what works’ in home-based K-12 education programs.
The TodayShow.com news feature detailed the rapid growth of the Connections Academy network of virtual K-12 public schools, as well as the overall boom in virtual public education in the United States. Connections Academy opened its first two schools in 2002, serving 400 students; today the school network spans 18 full-time schools across 17 states, and serves more than 30,000 students.
Connections Academy also operates supplemental programs in two additional states and a national private school, National Connections Academy, serving students nationwide. Nationally, more than 2 million K-12 children are learning online, and their ranks grow by almost 20 percent each year, according to research by Ambient Insight. Currently, 45 states have significant supplemental online learning programs, or significant full-time programs, in which students take most or all of their courses online.
Connections Academy families from across the country were profiled in the story, including the Fry family of Arizona and the Cooper family of Pennsylvania. Ice hockey star Lyndsey Fry recently graduated from Arizona Connections Academy, and currently attends Harvard University, where she is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.
She’s also playing forward for the Harvard Crimson, while she pursues her dream to play for the U.S. team in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Her brother Wesley is starting sophomore year at Arizona Connections Academy. The Cooper family likewise has both a recent Connections Academy graduate, and a current student. Their daughter, Saadia Feliciano-Cooper, 18, graduated with honors last June, and now attends Widener University; their son Jewylin is a sophomore at Commonwealth Connections Academy.
Though each family told its own unique story, they did share common reasons for enrolling their students in Connections Academy: the desire for a rigorous, high quality, highly personalized education; convenience; student safety and social issues; and cost savings over private school.
The families also discussed how their students are thriving academically and socially. Connections Academy chief executive officer and co-founder Barbara Dreyer and Commonwealth Connections Academy teacher Kasey Johnson were also interviewed for the feature.
Watch a video of Barbara Dreyer discussing virtual education and Connections Academy.
The complete Connections Academy TodayShow.com piece – a multi-media story featuring both print and video elements – is available online at TodayShow.com.
Enrollment in many Connections Academy schools is still open. Parents seeking to learn more about Connections Academy and check availability of the tuition-free school in their communities should visit connectionsacademy.com.
About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K–12. Through tuition-free public schools, full-time and part-time private school programs, and turnkey online courses for bricks and mortar schools, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized educations for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience its online learning community from anywhere.
The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education.
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