Online School Returns To High Demand, Satisfied Parents

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Arizona Connections Academy Students Log On for New School Year August 6

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Online school students across Arizona log on for new school year

Online school serves a unique population of students, and I’m grateful students throughout the state have an opportunity to choose what works best for them and their families.

Nearly 2,500 Arizona students will start the new school year without ever having to leave the house. Arizona Connections Academy (ACA), a public online school that serves students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade, will kick off the new year with a new school leader, hearty demand and highly satisfied parents.

Principal Heather Noto, a long time administrator at ACA, will lead the tuition-free school. Noto brings a wealth of online education experience to her new position, earned over the seven years she has served as ACA’s assistant principal. Her broad professional background includes practical experience with issues ranging from Title I to special education to standards and state achievement requirements. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in K-12 organizational leadership.

“Online school serves a unique population of students, and I’m grateful students throughout the state have an opportunity to choose what works best for them and their families,” Heather Noto, Arizona Connections Academy principal, said. “We pride ourselves in helping our students reach and exceed their personal and academic goals, and I’m excited to continue serving our families in the year ahead.”

ACA gives students the opportunity to work both independently and with teachers and peers in real-time online classroom sessions, at home or from anywhere with an Internet connection. The personalized learning process enables students to excel at their strengths while building the skills they need to prepare for success in a digital world. ACA’s flexibility allows families to travel, students to work, and gives students the freedom needed to pursue outside activites such as sports or the arts.

“ACA has been amazing for our family-life balance,” Marion Gillins, mom to two ACA students, said. “Elise and Gavin are dancers, so we are driving to and from lessons up to six times a week at multiple dance schools. They are also both science nuts, and deeply involved in their areas of interest. ACA allows us the flexibility to dance and enjoy a rigorous education adapted to their strengths.”

The school’s annual Parent Satisfaction Survey revealed that 51 percent of families considered ACA because they needed or wanted greater flexibility. Other parents cited a safe learning environment, or dissatisfaction with their local public school options, as reasons for considering the online school.

The third-party survey also revealed high praise for the online school’s teachers, its curriculum and its use of technology to engage students, with 94 percent of parents expressing satisfaction with the helpfulness of their child’s teachers and 94 percent calling the school’s curriculum ‘high quality’.

Parents who are interested in Arizona Connections Academy are encouraged to enroll soon in order to secure their child’s spot. Interested families can attend an information session to learn more about the online school program. For more information, visit

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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