Connections Academy and American Public University System Announce a High School and College Program

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New Program Offers Virtual School Students the Opportunity to Earn Both a High School Diploma and an Associates Degree at the Same Time; within Four Years

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Our new College Advantage Program is a great way for students to jump start their college career

Connections Academy (CA), a leading national operator of K-12 virtual public schools, and American Public University System (APUS), a regionally accredited online university, announced today a new program that will offer high school students enrolled in Connections Academy's national online private school, National Connections Academy (NaCA), the opportunity to earn a Connections Academy high school diploma and an APUS Associate degree in four years and a Bachelor's degree in an additional two years.

The new College Advantage Program is a valuable option for National Connections Academy (NaCA) students who want to start a career right after high school with the increased earning power of a college degree. Additionally, the program provides an accelerated path to earning a Bachelor's degree for students interested in furthering their studies. The College Advantage Program will be available to NaCA students starting in the 2009-2010 school year.

"Our new College Advantage Program is a great way for students to jump start their college career," said Dr. Steven Guttentag, Senior Vice President and Chief Education Officer for Connections Academy and Head of School for National Connections Academy. "American Public University System is respected, regionally accredited and will offer our students over seventy degree programs to pursue. We are very pleased to be working with the dedicated team at American Public University System."

For some time, educators have been talking about expanding the traditional K-12 view of school to include college - a K-16 perspective. The new College Advantage Program builds upon this philosophy and encourages students to achieve a post-secondary degree. Because of this program and the benefits of technology, students can receive a seamless school experience from kindergarten through college.

"American Public University System is very excited about our new relationship with National Connections Academy. Promoting learning and helping people advance their education in order to achieve success in a chosen career and be tomorrow's leaders is central to our mission. By offering this opportunity to students in high school means students may accelerate their success in a flexible and affordable manner," stated Wallace E. Boston, Jr., President of American Public University System.

With a strong focus on college prep, National Connections Academy is an accredited, online private school serving students in grades K-12 throughout the United States. Students learn from home and work with teachers online and on the phone, while a parent or other adult serves as a "Learning Coach" to monitor progress in the home. Hallmarks of Connections Academy schools include a high quality computer-based curriculum, interactive real-time virtual instruction conducted by certified teachers, and traditional course materials from leading publishers.

Students enrolled in the new College Advantage Program must satisfactorily complete specific course requirements for both National Connections Academy and American Public University System in order to receive their high school diploma and Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree. More details may be found online at http://www.connectionsacademy.com/private-school.

The American Public University System consists of two online universities: American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU). The University System is a respected higher-learning organization known for its distinctive strengths in providing high-quality and relevant distance learning programs to its learners. APU and AMU professors work from around the world - where many hold teaching positions at other universities or are active leaders in their fields. The American Public University System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association. For more information about American Public University System, please visit http://www.apus.edu.

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® approach, students use daily lesson plans and curriculum materials provided by Connections Academy. Teachers develop a learning plan for each student, utilizing a proprietary, web-based Learning Management System to deliver, track, and administer the learning. In 2009-10 Connections Academy will serve students in Arizona, California (Southern and Central), Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 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.

About American Public University System
American Public University System (APUS) includes American Public University and American Military University and educates more than 55,000 adult learners worldwide. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility helps working adults pursue degrees in subjects ranging from homeland security to management and liberal arts. A university book grant supplies textbooks at no cost for eligible undergraduate students. For more information, visit http://www.apus.edu

Contact:
Allison Bazin
Connections Academy Public Relations
(609)247-0275
abazin (at) ConnectionsAcademy (dot) com

Renee Hockaday
American Public University System Public Relations
(703)334-3868
rhockaday (at) apus (dot) edu

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