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Arizona Connections Academy

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Posted April 10, 2014

My son has been at ACA since 7th grade and he's now completeing his Junior year. I have never been happier with my choice to move my son from a public traditional school. There have been a few times throughout the years that we have been frustrated with one or two teachers poor communication, but that would be true in any school attended over a period of 5 years. I feel you get out of a program what you put into it, and online charter school takes a team of a committed parent and student to succeed. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

We are very happy with our experience with Connections Academy. All of the teachers we have had over the past 3 years gone above and beyond, respond promptly to webmails, and communicate on a regular schedule with our children via phone calls twice a month and Live Lessons several days a week. The curriculum is excellent and overall I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

Connections Academy is great way to start schooling at home with teacher input and "back-up". I love the curriculum and materials provided and Live Lessons (with the teacher twice a week) that help reinforce the core subjects for my son. So far so good for elementary and we are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2014

Horrible communication service, awful teachers. The school is all independent study, all on you. The teachers are lazy and do minimal work, they do not work with students, and the feedback is wretched. It is almost impossible to communicate with a staff member.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2014

This is our daughter's second year at Connections and we are very happy. The teachers call to touch base and always respond to emails quickly. We are very pleased with the quality of education she is receiving and know that she is well prepared for high school (which will also be at Connections next year.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

It took 5 weeks for my son with Autism to be enrolled, and it was a frustrating process for us. Since then they changed to a new Special Needs Director. . I believe this is a much better alternative for him than being in a self contained autism class where behaviors of others and his own are too much for him to focus on education. He has so much more confidence after starting AZ Connections and hope to have the progress continue. There are very good visuals, so better than the public brick and mortar schools since children with Autism are not given a qualified aide, but instead put in a self-contained class which can be hard if your child is being bitten and scratched by others still learning to control their sensory systems. My son is not aggressive with his movements, but he does move and would disrupt a typical ed class too much and they have not allowed him in more than 1 day, but with Connections he can get a typical education without the risk. I found the system confusing at first,, but if you hang in there it will pay off. The teachers will hang in there too, and help you if you are willing, and now my son enjoys and feels so good about his work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

This is a great online school! They are so involved in my kids education and they include us in everything. We are just so excited to be a part of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Arizona Connections Academy is more than just a school. It is a team of professional educators who's main goal is to see each and every student succeed. We have been a part of AZ Connections Academy for 5 years. Both of my children are excelling academically and I attribute that success to the teachers of ACA. The teachers are all very helpful and teach from a very positive aspect. My students are doing better than they ever have in a brick and mortar school. I can not put into words how grateful I am to have found AZ Connections Academy! I love being such an important part of my children's education but also feel the comfort of having professional teachers that are truly involved in their success.. The teachers of this school are not only interested in helping the students to achieve their best academically but are there to help them to achieve their life goals. They work closely with each student and encourage them to do their best at all times. ACA has been a blessing in our lives and my children are soaring to great heights academically because of being part a such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Arizona Connections Academy (ACA) is an outstanding school that provides enriching education right at home! I can participate in my daughter s education as a learning coach and she can learn in her own unique way and at her own pace. I love that we re in a one-on-one setting with opportunities to go in-depth on certain topics. The curriculum and textbooks provided by ACA are superior to those of other gifted curriculums. Subjects are more interesting and fun because ACA provides many resources such as BrainPOP, Discovery Education streaming, and Teachlet tutorials. These resources not only guide students, but also help the Learning Coaches to understand the topics in-depth through a rich multimedia experience and enable to teach in a enriching way . Teachers are in constant touch in order to help the students and the learning coaches via emails, conference calls, and Live Lessons. The potential avenues for social interaction include monthly field trips and face to face meetings between students and teachers. ACA enables the students to experience a truly wholesome education and training with the relevant needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

We are so happy since we found Arizona Connections Academy. Prior to this we'd sent out oldest child to the public school and then pulled her out and home schooled her. Connections gives us the benefits of homeschooling but with a lot more ease. We also get the benefits of easily transferable grades and a real diploma when the children graduate. It's super easy to stay on top of lessons and know exactly how well our children are doing with the freedom to encourage and allow for a more individualized approach. I love the mixed learning environment and the wide variety of opportunities my children are receiving. With my youngest children having only attended Connections I see so many advantages especially in reading and math that my oldest simply did not have in public schools. Thanks Connections!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

I absolutely love this school!! My daughter, whom is special needs, gets to learn at her own pace. They are catering to her special needs and assisting in the areas where she needs it. She did 1st grade here and came back for the second half of third grade and is currently in the 4th grade. She is in the PACE program to strengthen her math skills. I have recommended this school to many friends and a friend enrolled her youngest 2 into this school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

Putting my child here was one of the worst things I could of done! They lack in communication and lack in trying to help the student! Some of her teachers were awesome with trying to reach out and do as much as they could however, the admin part of this school is horrible! no one there takes accountability for thier actions. when I finally withdrew my child no one even called to follow up. The new school she was attending needed additional paperwork and tried to contact the registrar and over and over I called with no call back. It has been frustrating and the sad part is that my child is not in school becauase we are STILL waiting for paperwork! Its really sad that they make your child and you feel like a faceless number without feelings, they keep on passing the buck instead of owning the situation and resolving the problem. if they had spent as much time with my student as i have been spending on trying to get them to help me and call me back she would of been successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

Putting our children in ACA was the best thing we did. I was skeptical about online schools for the following reasons: Social interaction-between live lessons, field trips and emails, my children have made more GOOD friends at ACA than at any of their previous schools. I'd have to grade everything-my middle schooler has a teacher for every subject, a live lesson with them every week, they grade assignments, offer help and know my kids & family better than any of their previous teachers. My elementary child has a phenomenal teacher that grades her bigger assignments. I do have more responsibility for her schoolwork, but it's not difficult. If I ever do have a question ACA provides a guidebook and I can contact her teacher anytime. Reasons I started looking into ACA: Flexibility of schedule-love it! If they need to sleep in they can, if they want to start early they can, if they want to work ahead, they can. My youngest did 1 1/2 years of math curriculum in a year, she'll pick up where she left off next year. No brick & mortar would be able to facilitate that pace. There are so many more reasons why we love ACA, but I'm running out of characters. Check it out for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2012

We have been ACA members for 2 years and absolutely love it. I am a high school math teacher and ACA's curriculum far surpasses our public schools. They teach to each student individually where I have to teach to the low student. The flexibility is amazing. The teachers care about their students and give extra time when and where needed. My son is now in the 8th grade and is already asking if he must attend the high school I work at. The answer is no. He is excelling at ACA. I can't thank them enough for all they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2012

During this 2011-12 school year, my daughter's high school English teacher met with her at the local public library and tutored her one-on-one in person to help her pass the AIMS Writing test. And she did pass! She was just ecstatic. This is only one instance where the teachers of Arizona Connections Academy has gone over and above the normal to help students achieve their potential in the past 5 years. Thank you Connections Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

Do not enroll your student here. Their lack of effort speaks volumes! They will withdraw your student for non truths.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2011

Connections gives the same curriculum the child would have at typical brick and mortar schools. We have 80% textbook/workbook work, and 20% online work, including a Live Lesson from the teacher and his classmates once a week. We check in with his teacher every other week by phone for a half hour, and emails are exchanges freely between us, if there is ever a question. I'm really happy with the quality of the curriculum, its the same as our high performing public elementary school. Connections was just acquired by Pearson, so you know the best textbook and materials will be at hand in the future. We use Discovery Science, Brain Pop and AIMS test prep, which are all very high quality. We are extremely happy with our teacher-has an Ivy school Masters, and cares about our student. We have field trips and park days, behind the scenes corporate tours and other opportunities to connect with other kids. This program is ideal for those needing flexibility in school, my kiddo loves it and is an A student. He is learning, has great teacher attention-and form time to time we'll get schoolwide updates about clubs and other special interest groups. Az Connections is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

The overall program isn't that bad, but they really lack in the communication skills area. There were many times that my daughter's (2 of them, 6th and 7th) had their Live Lessons canceled and we weren't notified until the last minute or hour before the session would start. There were several times that we would plan a day out but schedule to be back in time for a Live Lesson only to find out that once again the session was canceled. There were too many sessions canceled and there was never a Sub-Teacher to fill in. The Spanish teacher did a poor job with keeping up with grades and grading papers. Also, the communication skills were lacking sorely. We have withdrawn our children from Connections Academy. When I spoke with one Administrator regarding my frustrations with the school (hoping to help them in the future), I was met with the typical Administrative blow-off. Nothing is ever their fault.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

Our son started at Look Out Mountain (Kindergarten), but it only took us 6 months of that to realize that the typical public school has majorly changed for the worse since I was in school. Then we found Connections Academy. We Love Connections and so does out son. Next year will be our 4th year with Connections. If Connections was ever shut down, I would buy the books and teach our son over going back to any typical Public School. Go Connections Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

We started with Conenctions Academy for the 2009-2010 school year. After we moved within a new school district I was not happy with the test scores and larger class sizes. I researched different schools and found Connections Academy. The first year was a tough start, mostly because I was a little unprepared. But half way through we got a good system going. This year has been great, currently my daughter is in the 7th Grade. The curriculum is outstanding, the communication with teachers is awesome. They have a great online Learning Management System that is easy to use. * You get all the books and materials delivered right to your door by UPS. * Relaxed learning environment. * Tuition FREE * Field Trips, Clubs and activities * Great interactive Live Lessons If you are thinking about a program like this look into Connections Academy. www.connectionsacademy.com
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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55%

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45%

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52%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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80%

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83%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%

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45%

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59%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

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47%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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86%

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87%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

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55%

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47%

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68%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

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57%

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45%

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47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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86%

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83%

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79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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39%

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52%

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35%

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65%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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45%

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37%

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37%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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71%

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77%

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74%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

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54%

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40%

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45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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89%

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76%

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74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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58%

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66%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2009-2010.
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 42%
Hispanic 21% 43%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A47%
Female 53%N/A49%
Male 47%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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335 E. Germann Road
Suite 140
Gilbert, AZ 85297
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