Missouri families invited to learn more about full-time online school

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(SPRINGFIELD, MO) – Missouri Connections Academy, a statewide, tuition-free, online public school, will begin its third year of operation when the 2022-2023 academic year begins on Tuesday, September 6th. As many parents continue to consider different academic options for their children, Missouri Connections Academy is offering opportunities for families to get more information about learning in a virtual classroom.

Those who are interested in learning if a full-time online school is the right fit for their child are invited to attend an upcoming online information session on Thursday, September 22nd at 6 p.m. CDT. During the session families will have the opportunity to speak to staff members, learn how the online classroom works and how teachers engage and support the students.

“Finding the school environment that is the right fit for your student is an important decision, so I invite families to join us and see how learning in a true virtual classroom setting might make a difference,” said Missouri Connections Academy School Leader Lynsie Hunt. “Families find stability in our virtual school and appreciate how our individualized approach empowers their children to learn and ultimately take ownership of their academic experiences.”

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Virtual school is a great fit for a variety of students and each student is unique. Those who attend Missouri Connections Academy come from different backgrounds and choose full-time online school for various reasons. Some students prefer to take ownership of their education and benefit from the flexibility that virtual school offers, while others are looking for a consistent, safe learning environment.

David and Heather Smith, of Imperial, Missouri have three children enrolled in Missouri Connections Academy. Each of them has different needs, interests and learning styles. When the 2020-21 school year was about to begin, exposure to COVID-19 became a serious concern given that they have a medically fragile child. The Smiths knew they needed to pursue virtual education opportunities for their family.

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“Our family has the unique situation of dealing with autism, ADHD and medical complications. Finding the right school for our children was a great comfort knowing they would be educated by quality instructors in a safe environment,” Heather said. “Our children are getting more individualized attention from their instructors and have been able to adjust their learning environment to accommodate for their sensory and learning differences in ways that were not able to be accomplished in the traditional classroom setting.”

Missouri Connections Academy recently received very high marks and is considered a high-quality academic option according to its 2021-2022 Parent Satisfaction Survey, an annual third-party survey that provides families with the opportunity to review their experience with the full-time online public school.

Ninety-eight percent of the parents who responded said they believe the curriculum at Missouri Connections Academy is high quality. Ninety-six percent of the parents would recommend Missouri Connections Academy to parents whose children are not enrolled in the program. Ninety-seven percent of the parents also agree their children are satisfied with the program.

In addition, 96 percent of parents say that Missouri Connections Academy’s technology tools improve their child’s learning experience. The same percentage of parents also agree their children are making good progress and the teachers improve the learning experience.

Enrollment for Missouri Connections Academy for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. A complete schedule of events as well as more information about Missouri Connections Academy is available at www.MissouriConnectionsAcademy.com or by calling 1-(800) 382-6010.

Survey methodology

Connections Academy conducts the annual Parent Satisfaction Survey to find out how parents, guardians and Learning Coaches grade the program in several key areas. The 2022 survey was conducted from January 19 to February 26 by Shapiro + Raj, an independent market research company that created the questionnaire, collected the data and tabulated the results. Parents and caretakers of all students enrolled at the time of the survey were invited to complete the survey online. A WebMail invitation was sent to each parent or caretaker, and one response per household was submitted.

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