California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free online public school serving more than 550 students in grades K-12 in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties, graduated its second class of high school seniors on June 11 in Stockton, Calif.
The Class of 2014 celebrated their successes alongside family, friends, teachers, and school representatives during a graduation ceremony at the Grand Ballroom at the University of the Pacific. California Connections Academy founding board member Tim Batiuk and University of the Pacific Dean of Students Joanna Royce-Davis, who is also on the California Connections Academy board, inspired graduates with remarks on the journey ahead.
The 33 graduating students come from across the Bay Area and North San Joaquin Valley, including Modesto, Martinez and Stockton, and have a diverse range of passions and interests. Graduates will go on to pursue higher education and careers in fields such as social advocacy and music, with college-bound students headed to four-year universities including California State universities Humboldt and Sacramento; University of California, Merced; and University of the Pacific.
“In just one year, we have more than tripled the number of seniors graduating from our school,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “We’re extremely proud of our seniors’ accomplishments and are confident they will enter the next phase of their lives with a solid educational foundation.”
California Connections Academy, which opened in August 2012, offers students an innovative, flexible and individualized learning environment. The school’s state-credentialed teachers work with each student to develop a personalized learning plan based on his or her strengths and individual education needs, while adhering to rigorous state education standards. In addition to a high-quality curriculum, students socialize through various school-sponsored events and field trips, clubs and activities and LiveLesson® sessions—live instruction conducted online.
California Connections Academy’s juniors and seniors benefit from the school’s flexibility while exploring and applying to college. Many students adjust their schedules to accommodate SAT studying and college visits or interviews. Throughout the last year, the school organized field trips to various higher education institutions for students of all ages, including Stanford University; California State University, Sacramento; and University of the Pacific. Students can also take advantage of California Connections Academy’s diverse course catalogue, which includes a robust selection of AP courses, music courses through Juilliard eLearning, and a selection of Career Technical Education (CTE) courses such as Java Programming and Business Law.
For more information about California Connections Academy, please visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.
About California Connections Academy @ Ripon
California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in grades K-12 in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District. California Connections Academy provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives such as the Juilliard eLearning program, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit www.CaliforniaConnectionsAcademy.com.