With National School Choice Week (Jan. 26 – Feb. 1) and Digital Learning Day (Feb. 5) approaching, Louisiana Connections Academy is encouraging families to explore virtual charter schooling, which is one of the public education options available for students in the state.
“Some parents are looking for the opportunity to switch schools at this time of year. We welcome mid-year enrollment,” said Board President Wade Henderson. “But this is also a great time to think about next year and where to enroll your child. Let us show you what great opportunities we offer every child in Louisiana.
Access to online learning is at an all-time high—fully online schools served an estimated 310,000 students in 30 states during the 2012–13 school year and at least 24 states and Washington DC have blended schools, according to Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning, a recently released national report. In Louisiana, enrollment at Connections Academy continues to grow, with enrollment now topping 1200 and expected to expand by another 300 K-12 students by 2015.
“These two events celebrate parent power, and we hope during this time, parents and their children will explore virtual charters, online learning, our world-class curriculum, and the infinite possibilities our school opens up for their child,” said Mr. Henderson, whose son Chase attends Louisiana Connections Academy. Community Liaison Shelly Centanni is available weekdays to talk about the transition to virtual schooling. She can be reached at 225.567.3294. Representatives of the school will be at the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Schools Expo, Feb. 1 and 8, respectively. Information about these events and enrollment is available at: http://www.connectionsacademy.com/louisiana-online-school/events.aspx or call the school at 225-372-8389 “Contact us,” said Mr. Henderson. “We’ll make the transition easy!”
Louisiana Connections Academy combines certified teachers, a standards-aligned curriculum, unique technology tools, and an extensive selection of electives and clubs to create an individualized alternative to the bricks-and-mortar classroom.
Louisiana Connections Academy enrollment for the 2014–15 school year will begin March 1. For more information, visit http://www.louisianaconnectionsacademy.com or call 225-372-8389 ABOUT LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY (www.LouisianaConnectionsAcademy.com)
Louisiana Connections Academy is the state’s leading provider of high-quality, free public virtual charter schooling for grades K through 12. Louisiana Connections Academy offers a superior, personalized education for students, offered by Louisiana certified teachers, with the freedom and flexibility of an online education that meets the state’s standards. As an online charter school, students access their lessons anytime, anywhere as long as they have the technology, tools and support of their family. Accountability for meeting high academic student performance is monitored by the non-profit charter board, Friends of Louisiana Connections Academy, Wade Henderson, President. The charter school is authorized by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to accept students from any parish in the state. 1200 students attended for the 2012-2013 school year. Principal Caroline Wood has expanded the school curriculum to include tutoring, summer school, dual enrollment programs and high quality electives, such as e-learning courses at Juilliard. The school is headquartered in Baton Rouge at 8281 Goodwood Blvd., Ste J, (225) 372-8389. Student field trips, graduation ceremonies, parent-to-parent events and school information sessions are regularly scheduled and promoted at the school website.
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