Tre’von Cooper is a high school student who lives in Kentwood, Louisiana and everyday he goes to class with his godmother.
Angel Pickering is an elementary school student in Baker, Louisiana who likes staying at home to do her classwork, so she can be with her dog named Clifford.
Ashton Gorman lives in Minden. He did great in a traditional school, until the third grade where he started getting so stressed and distracted by the school day, that he could barely get through his homework. Now in middle school, he’s getting the extra help he needs.
All three of these students have different needs, but all are getting their K-12 education at what is now one of the largest charter schools in Louisiana: Connections Academy, a completely virtual public school.
And there are more than 2000 students like them.
Louisiana Connections Academy is a completely on-line school, where the student connects with their entire curriculum and all their teachers and classmates through the Internet.
“It’s a very 21st century phenomenon,” said Lead Principal Glenda Jones. “We reach every child, including those who were on the verge of falling through the cracks in a more conventional classroom.”
Louisiana Connections Academy is one of dozens of charter schools authorized by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to serve students from every parish in the state. It is free and offers a certified state education, but children learn from their home computer, while a guardian, like Tre’von’s godmother, is in the house.
“Virtual education works because it mirrors the technological age we are in,” said Ms. Jones. “Some countries are even teaching over a child’s smart phone.”
Schools like Louisiana Connections Academy offer these benefits to enrolled families:
“For our families, this is the way school should be…integrated into every aspect of their lives,” said Principal Jones.
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.