Texas Connections Academy Celebrates 597 Seniors in the Class of 2020

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Statewide online school has its largest graduating class to date; seniors earn more than $3M in scholarship awards

Star person in circle with yellow and orange background. Texas Connections Academy is to the right.

Texas Connections Academy Honors Class of 2020

When I look at this year’s graduating class, I see our future leaders. Throughout the year, they've shown incredible strength and fortitude and have taken great pride in their academic accomplishments. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate them with their families.

Texas Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades 3-12 across the state, will be holding a virtual ceremony to celebrate its 597 graduates on Sunday, June 14, 2020. The school originally planned an in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020, but due to social distancing, the graduation was moved online.

“When I look at this year’s graduating class, I see our future leaders,” said Lea Ann Lockard, executive director of Texas Connections Academy. “Throughout the year, they've shown incredible strength and fortitude and have taken great pride in their academic accomplishments. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate them with their families.”

Among the graduates is senior Audrey Scott, who received more than $1 million in scholarship offers. Scott will be attending University of Chicago to study Physics. In total, the students were awarded almost $3 million in scholarships. Also graduating are the school’s valedictorian, Jade Dalrymple, who is heading to Franklin University in Switzerland and salutatorian, Soren Creecy, who will be attending the University of Texas at Austin.

More than half of the class have plans to attend college with 66 percent intending to attend two- or four-year colleges or universities. Additionally, graduates also have plans to attend vocational/technological training programs (8 percent), join the military (4 percent) or enter the workforce directly upon graduation (10 percent).

The virtual school delivers high-quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven online curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences—online and in person—to create a supportive environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. Students work with certified teachers online and on the phone while a parent or other adult “Learning Coach” monitors progress in the home.

Enrollment for Texas Connections Academy’s 2020-2021 school year is currently open. For more information, visit http://www.TexasConnectionsAcademy.com, or call 1-800-382-6010.

About Texas Connections Academy
Texas Connections Academy (TCAH) is a full-time, tuition-free, online public charter school for students in grades 3-12 across the state. Texas Connections Academy offers students a personalized, flexible, learning approach to education in a safe, supportive online learning environment. The school combines Texas-licensed teachers, an award-winning curriculum, technology tools, and social experiences, enabling each student to learn in a way that’s best suited to their individual needs. Texas Connections Academy operates as an approved Houston Independent School District (HISD) campus charter and is accredited through HISD. For more information, visit http://www.TexasConnectionsAcademy.com, or call 1-800-382-6010.

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