Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year will officially begin March 3 at Ohio Connections Academy (OCA), the full-time virtual public school serving students from all over Ohio in grades K-12. Interested parents and students are encouraged to learn more at one of the many in-person or online information sessions offered by the school. Early enrollment is also encouraged, especially for families new to virtual school.
Ohio Connections Academy is a fully-online public school that students attend from home. The accredited online program delivers high-quality, personalized education for students that combines Ohio-certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences—online and in-person—to create a supportive environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. Students work with certified teachers online and on the phone while a parent or other adult “Learning Coach” monitors progress in the home. Ohio Connections Academy currently serves 3,500 students from across Ohio. As a public school, there is no tuition to attend.
Beginning in March, Ohio Connections Academy will host free parent information sessions throughout the spring and summer to fulfill the growing number of requests for information. At the information sessions, parents and students will have an opportunity to learn about the school’s curriculum and thoroughly explore the program. They can also interact with school representatives and parents. For those unable to attend an in-person information session, real-time online sessions with a school representative are available. Interested families may also attend Parent-to-Parent meetings for the opportunity to speak with current school families in a more casual setting. A complete schedule with dates and locations is available at www.OhioConnectionsAcademy.com/Events or by calling (800) 382-6010.
Prospective students and their parents can also learn about Ohio Connections Academy through many social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Virtual Learning Connections blog for families interested in supporting K-12 learning from home.
Ohio Connections Academy Executive Director Marie Hanna encourages families considering virtual school to attend an informational meeting and speak with faculty or a family with a child enrolled in the program. “These events are a great opportunity for parents to discuss the program and discover if it’s the right fit for their child. This is a major decision for parents and students so we do everything we can to help them know what to expect from a virtual school and how they play a critical role in their child’s academic success,” Hanna said.
In a 2013 survey of OCA parents and students, the program received high marks for its academic rigor, program flexibility, the high quality of its teachers, and for delivering high levels of student achievement. Eighty-nine percent of parents reported that their children are making good academic progress, arguably the keenest evaluation of a child’s education. Ninety-six percent said they were pleased with the helpfulness of their children’s teachers, and specifically praised their responsiveness and accessibility.
More information about Ohio Connections Academy is available at www.OhioConnectionsAcademy.com.