California Connections Academy Central, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12 throughout Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, began its 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday. 

More than 450 students across the Central Valley of the state logged on for the first day of school.

California Connections Academy first offered its program to families 15 years ago, and since that time thousands of students throughout the state have used this individualized approach to learning. As digital literacy and personalized academic programs continue to grow throughout the nation, families across Central California continue to turn to California Connections Academy for an alternative education program suited to their students’ individual learning needs.

As part of its rigorous curriculum, the school offers innovative and diverse courses including foreign languages, digital technology and web design, as well as a variety of honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for students interested in college-level curriculum. The school also provides University of California a-g approved courses, including several courses meeting the UC visual and performing arts requirements such as art history, graphic design and music. The school also offers Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) courses for grades 6-12 to help students prepare for college and careers.

 “As we celebrate the 15 years of continued excellence utilizing the Connections Academy program, we’re looking forward to another year of supporting our students with the resources and instruction necessary for their academic success,” said Dr. Richard Savage, California Connections Academy Executive Director. “Our students are a talented and passionate group who are able to go above and beyond to achieve their goals because of the flexibility that online school offers them.”

 California Connections Academy parents are continually pleased with their students’ academic performance and overall experience, the 2019 Parent Satisfaction Survey stated. The survey findings include:


96 percent of parents agree the curriculum is high quality

96 percent of parents agree their children are satisfied with the program

94 percent of parents agree the teachers improve the learning experience

95 percent of parents would recommend Connections Academy to other families

96 percent of parents agree the technology tools improve their child’s learning experience

Exeter resident Bryn Johnson has attended California Connections Academy since the third grade and is looking forward to his sophomore year of high school with the online school. As an avid tennis player, Johnson spends much of his time traveling and relies on the flexibility of Connections Academy to pursue his dreams. “Connections Academy has been great for me because it allows me to travel the world for my tennis, while still keeping up with my studies,” shared Bryn.

 California Connections Academy Central will serve more than 500 students in the 2019-20 school year. California Connections Academy offers a flexible learning environment for children with a schedule who learn at different pace from their peers or want a more individualized approach to learning. State-credentialed teachers work with students to excel academically while allowing them time to pursue their dreams and extracurricular interests. 

Beyond curriculum and supportive teachers, California Connections Academy offers numerous socialization opportunities for its students. During the school year, learning-focused field trips are held throughout the region for students to enrich their education experience outside of the classroom and meet peers and teachers in-person. Past field trips included the Cat House, the California Living Museum, Money Grove Park and Museum, Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum and university tours.

Additionally, Connections Academy offers chapters of National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society and NCAA core courses, as well as free online clubs and activities, where students can collaborate with others interested in art, science and sports. Some of the clubs include Art Club, Gaming and Technology and Science Sleuths.

For more information on California Connections Academy, visit the school’s website at

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