Connections Academy Kicks Off Enrollment For 2009-10 School Year: Families explore the benefits of virtual public school in Central California

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Central California Connections Academy (CenCA), a leading high-quality, highly accountable K-12 virtual public school, is opening enrollment for the 2009-10 school year on April 1, 2009. CenCA is offering parents and students the opportunity to learn more about the virtual public school via hands-on information sessions that showcase the virtual learning program. Now in its third year of operation, CenCA serves K-12 students that reside in Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.

Our information sessions provide families with the opportunity to view our curriculum, speak with teachers, ask questions of other parents who have chosen Connections Academy, and learn more about the unique resources available through our virtual public school.

Visalia, CA -- Central California Connections Academy (CenCA), a leading high-quality, highly accountable K-12 virtual public school, is opening enrollment for the 2009-10 school year on April 1, 2009. CenCA is offering parents and students the opportunity to learn more about the virtual public school via hands-on information sessions that showcase the virtual learning program. Now in its third year of operation, CenCA serves K-12 students that reside in Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.

CenCA's program delivers an academically rigorous, personalized education that combines state-certified teachers, a print-rich curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences to create a supportive and successful learning environment.

"Central California Connections Academy offers an alternative for children who are ahead or behind in the classroom, those who want more individualized instruction, or have situations that would benefit from a flexible school schedule," said Dr. Jonathan Horowitz, principal of Central California Connections Academy. "Our information sessions provide families with the opportunity to view our curriculum, speak with teachers, ask questions of other parents who have chosen Connections Academy, and learn more about the unique resources available through our virtual public school."

Attending parents will become familiar with the school - its technology and curriculum - and the family's role in the education process. Attendees will also learn how to organize the home and school day for the most effective learning environment and how to balance time when there is more than one child enrolled in the program.

Additionally, families will learn about CenCA field trips and other peer-oriented activities, like the Chess Club, that allow students and parents across the state to interact in social and educational settings.

Central California information sessions are planned for communities in the following counties:

Fresno County

  •     Fresno: April 13 - 6:30 p.m., Ramada - University, 324 E Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710; (559) 224-4040
  •     Clovis: April 20 - 6:30 p.m., Veteran's Memorial Building, 453 Hughes Ave., Clovis, CA 93612; (559) 299-0471
  •     Reedley: April 21 - 6:30 p.m., Reedley Community Center, 100 NE Ave., Reedley, CA 93654; (559) 637-4203

Kern County

  •     Bakersfield: April 16 - 6:30 p.m., SW Branch Library, 8301 Ming Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93311; (661) 664-7716
  •     Bakersfield: April 22 - 6:30 p.m., Riverview Community Center, 401 Willow Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93308; (661) 392-2020

Kings County

  •     Hanford: April 14 - 6:30 p.m., Irwin Street Inn, 522 N Irwin St., Hanford, CA 93230; (559) 583-8000

Tulare County

  •     Visalia: March 31 - 6:30 p.m., Visalia Senior Center, 310 North Locust St., Visalia, CA 93291; (559) 713-4365
  •     Visalia: May 11 - 6:30 p.m., Visalia Senior Center, 310 North LocustsSt., Visalia, CA 93291; (559) 713-4365
  •     Porterville: May 14 - 6:30 p.m., Heritage Community Center, 256 East Orange Ave., Porterville, CA 93257; (559) 791-7695
  •     Tulare: May 18 - 6:30 p.m., Tulare Community Center, 830 S Blackstone St., Tulare, CA 93274; (559) 684-4310

Reservations for the information sessions are not required, but can be made online. There are also a number of virtual information sessions that can be attended via the Internet.

CenCA is a public charter school authorized under state law by the Alpaugh Unified School District, so there is no tuition charged to parents. For more information about attending an information session in your area or for more information on Connections Academy, visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com or call 1-800-382-6010.

About Connections Academy®
Connections Academy is a leading national provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual public schools in fourteen states operated in partnership with charter schools, school districts, and state departments of education. Connections Academy schools deliver top quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences to create a supportive and successful environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. In Connections Academy's Personalized Performance Learning(R) approach, students use daily lesson plans and curriculum materials provided by Connections Academy. Teachers develop a learning plan for each student, whose progress is tracked through a proprietary, web-based Learning Management System. In 2008-2009 Connections Academy will serve students in Arizona, California (Southern and Central), Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri (through the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program), Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some schools do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

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