Louisiana Connections Academy, a statewide provider of free high-quality, highly accountable virtual K-12 schooling, is opening enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year beginning March 1, said Parent Outreach Manager Shelly Centanni.
Parents can enroll their child online at: http://www.LouisianaConnectionsAcademy.com.
“We encourage all prospective families to enroll their children now,” said Ms. Centanni. “Spots are limited across all grades so enrolling as soon as possible gives your child the best chance at confirming their spot in our school.”
Since 2013, LACA has increased its School Performance Score in the state report card resulting in a six-year extension of its charter by the Louisiana Department of Education. DOE graded Louisiana Connections Academy as the top academic performing virtual school among schools offering an online curriculum.
According to a survey, 38 percent of families who chose to enroll at LACA felt the need for an alternative local public school and 96 percent of all LACA parents would recommend the school to other families.
Interested families can attend virtual information sessions hosted by Louisiana Connections Academy by registering on line. The school also advises families to check www.ConnectionsAcademy.com/LACAevents for updates on when future in-person information sessions and events will be scheduled. The information sessions review the school’s curriculum, programs and provide opportunities to ask questions of teachers and currently enrolled families.
The top reasons parents choose a virtual charter, like LACA, for their children, according to Ms. Centanni, are:
· The student requires or wants greater flexibility;
· The student wants a change from their local school;
· The student wants a safe learning environment.
"Sometimes students need a break from the traditional brick-and-mortar setting and find that a virtual public charter school can help them catch up or take a break from the day-to-day peer pressures of school," said Ms. Centanni. "We provide a change of mindset."
More than a quarter of a million American students in grades K-12 get their education virtually. Louisiana Connections Academy is open to students from every parish in Louisiana.
“We are so thankful for the opportunities my child gets to pursue thanks to the flexibility we have at LACA. I know the State of Louisiana is supporting public education improvements, and having a virtual public charter school, with certified teachers, open to any student from any parish in Louisiana has been a blessing,” said parent Brandi Robinson, of Laplace.