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Tuition-free online school starts classes
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Classes were back in session Tuesday at the California Connections Academy @ Ripon.
This is the tuition-free online public school that services kindergarten- through- eighth-grade students throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Amador, Sacramento, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties.
“(We) provide local families the unique opportunity to shape their own education experience while still taking advantage of our top-notch curriculum and supportive teachers,” said Ripon site administrator Amy Hunt.
She added: “We look forward to kicking off another successful year of learning with our K-12 students.”
This year, California Connections, which opened locally in 2012, is expecting to serve about 1,000 students.
Along with a rigorous curriculum, the school offers innovative and unique courses, including foreign languages, digital technology, and game design, to name a few.
For those interested in career-specific courses, California Connections offer Career Technology Education.
In a recent national public opinion poll supported by Connections Education, 76 percent of Americans support online learning options, including 92 percent of them being millennial parents.
California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a non-traditional learning environment for children who want a flexible schedule.
Those looking to get ahead or are behind in the classroom can benefit from this online public school.
Students are able to learn at a different pace from that of their peers. They can also receive individualized instruction.
The teachers at California Connections are state credentialed and can offer a customized learning program, addressing each student’s education needs and goals.
In addition, a learning coach – usually a parent – is available to monitor the progress of a student in the home.
Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is still open.
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