Arizona Connections Academy Students Travel Across the State for In-Person Graduation

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Online School Celebrates 100 Seniors, Including Full-Ride Scholarship Recipients, During Traditional Commencement Ceremony

Graduate receives diploma during commencement

Online school students celebrate graduation during in-person commencement ceremony

Online school, with its flexibility and its personalized curriculum, delivers on a need for certain students, and it’s humbling to be a part of a student’s success story.

Arizona Connections Academy, an online school that serves students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grades, celebrated its senior class this week in a traditional graduation ceremony at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The class of 2017 includes 100 students from all over the state who made the choice to enroll in online school to better meet their academic and social needs.

The graduating class includes a number of high achieving students, including several seniors who received full-ride athletic and academic scholarships. Other graduates are choosing to pursue vocational training at cosmetology or other institutions, enter the military, or commit to a volunteer mission after graduation.

“It is always a point of pride to witness the achievements of our graduating class,” Kerri Wright, Arizona Connections Academy principal, said. “Online school, with its flexibility and its personalized curriculum, delivers on a need for certain students, and it’s humbling to be a part of a student’s success story.”

Success stories of note include Taylor Bridges of Mesa, who will be attending North Carolina State University on a tennis scholarship, while her classmate Bojana Vuksan, also of Mesa, received a tennis scholarship to attend Missouri Western State University. Senior Gabrielle Igo plans to attend Utica College on a four-year Merit scholarship, and Harley Barton was invited to attend the esteemed American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City after wrapping up a summer performance with Arizona Broadway Theatre. The Class of 2017 has been accepted to numerous colleges and universities, including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona, among others.

Students attend Arizona Connections Academy for a variety of reasons. Some students seek flexibility in their school day in order to pursue other passions such as competitive athletics or performing arts. Others seek a more personalized learning environment, desire more family time, or are searching for an education model that will allow them to either catch up or get ahead of their grade level.

About Arizona Connections Academy
Arizona Connections Academy (ACA) is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school serving students statewide. The online school provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. Arizona Connections Academy is authorized by the Arizona State Board of Charter Schools and accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accrediting division of AdvancED. For more information, visit

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