(the following text is from the Connections Academy FAQ)
What is Connections Academy?
Academy provides a new form of free public school that students attend
from home or another location outside a traditional classroom. This is
a unique program that combines the strong parental involvement of home
schooling, expertise and accountability, and a flexible learning
environment. Connections Academy provides all the tools and support
students need to learn in the non-classroom setting. We currently
operate schools in many states.
How much does the program cost?
program is free, including all of the books and curriculum. The only
costs are the optional field trips, which are organized by your
school’s Community Coordinators and staff, and the replenishment of
some school supplies, such as printer cartridges.
What does a Connections Academy family receive?
Our program features curriculum developed by leading educational
publishers. Connections Academy families receive textbooks,
comprehensive lesson plans, and exciting enrichment courses.
Connections Academy’s professional teachers work one-on-one with
students and their parents to instruct, review assignments and
customize the curriculum, including extra help for struggling or gifted
Families receive a computer, printer, and subsidy for Internet access*;
online communication, planning, and learning management tools; online
lessons and library resources; and technology literacy courses.
Connections Academy facilitates numerous activities, online and in
person. Our community coordinators and school staff members plan field
trips, special projects, and group meetings with other families in your
*Availability of computer equipment and Internet access varies by state.
Connections Academy is offered free in 14 states. To see if your state is covered, vist this map.