Oklahoma Connections Academy

As demand for digital literacy and tailored academic programs continues to grow, many families have sought out different education programs to better suit their student’s needs. Among the unique public school options is Oklahoma Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school that serves K-12 students statewide. Today, students prepare for another year of high-quality, online education as they log on for their first day of class.

“We’re excited to welcome both our returning and new students to our seventh year,” said Tammy Shepherd, principal at Oklahoma Connections Academy. “We look forward to providing students with an innovative, challenging and engaging step in their educational career.”

The new school year kicks off just as the results of the school’s Parent Satisfaction Survey reveals that 98 percent of parents agree that the curriculum is high quality, 97 percent of parents are satisfied with teachers’ helpfulness, 97 percent of parents say their child or children are satisfied with OKCA’s program and 96 percent of parents would recommend Connections Academy to other families.

“We decided on Connections Academy because we wanted the best education for our children and to be involved in the process,” said Valarie Moser, parent of Oklahoma Connections Academy student. “With Connections Academy, we are completely involved, and I couldn’t ask for a better education for my children.”

Oklahoma Connections Academy will serve approximately 1,500 students in the 2017-18 school year. In addition to the rigorous curriculum, the school offers innovative and diverse courses, including foreign languages, digital technology and web design, as well as Advanced Placement courses for students interested in college-level curriculum.

Additionally, Oklahoma Connections Academy offers a flexible learning environment for children with a dynamic schedule, students who are ahead or behind in the classroom, learn at a different pace from their peers or want a more individualized approach to learning. State-credentialed teachers work with students to develop customized learning programs that are tailored to each student’s education needs while maintaining a curriculum that meets state education standards. Prior to the first day of school, teachers conducted one-on-one phone calls with each family to ensure they received all curriculum and course materials and were well-prepared to start the school year.

Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is currently open, and online information sessions are being held for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education. For more information on Oklahoma Connections Academy, please visit the school’s website at connectionsacademy.com/oklahoma-virtual-school.

Follow me on Twitter @SkiatookJournal.

E-mail lindsey.renuard@skiatookjournal.com

Managing Editor

Lindsey is the managing editor for the Skiatook Journal. She holds an M.A in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to the start of her news career in 2011, Renuard was a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma.