Wednesday, 29 May 2024

California Connections Academy @ North Bay students ‘take seats’ in virtual classroom

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – This school year, thousands of students across Northern California will open their laptops and go back-to-school virtually, taking advantage of increased flexibility without sacrificing a quality education.

Nearly 200 of them from Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties will attend California Connections Academy @ North Bay, a high-quality, tuition-free, online public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

In addition to the rigorous curriculum, the school offers innovative and diverse courses including foreign languages, digital technology and web design, as well as a variety of honors and Advanced Placement courses for students interested in college-level curriculum.

The school also provides a wide array of Advancement Via Individual Determination courses for grades 6-12 to help students prepare for college, and University of California a-g approved courses, including several courses meeting the UC visual and performing arts requirements such as art history, digital arts, living music and more.

Students head back to school on the heels of the school’s 2018 Parent Satisfaction Survey.

According to the survey results:

– 95 percent of parents agree that the curriculum is high quality;
– 99 percent of parents are satisfied with teachers’ helpfulness;
– 96 percent of parents say their child or children are satisfied with the program;
– 91 percent of parents agree that the school’s technology tools improve their child’s learning experience.

“Our talented teachers specialize in leveraging technology to meet the needs of students spanning the Northern California region,” said Leslie Dombek, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ North Bay. “Through technology, students receive the same support and resources they’d have access to in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting.”

Additionally, recent research of the Connections Academy online schools provides evidence that Connections Academy students can attain the same level of achievement as traditional brick-and-mortar schools serving similar students, and that students may be better positioned in Connections Academy schools than other virtual schools. See efficacy report for details.

California Connections Academy @ North Bay offers a non-traditional learning environment for students who want a flexible schedule, 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 address each student’s personal education needs while maintaining a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. A learning coach, generally a parent or other caretaker, also helps to monitor progress in the home.

Throughout the school year, students have many opportunities to interact with their classmates in-person.

California Connections Academy @ North Bay coordinates school-sponsored events, including field trips across Northern California and university visits for high school students.

California Connections Academy @ North Bay also offers a variety clubs and activities for students, including National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, science and technology clubs, literary clubs, and robotics club, among others.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is currently open, with virtual information sessions being held weekly for families interested in learning about the school’s online program and individualized approach to education.

For more information on California Connections Academy @ North Bay, please visit the school’s Web site at

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