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Indiana Connections Academy

Charter | K-12 | 2749 students

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 1, 2013

I disagree with those who say this school isn't for the intelligent child. I grew up attending public school as an individual with Asperger's. My high IQ meant I could cruise through the work in an public school format without ever actually applying myself. Now that my daughter is in middle school, I saw how she could come home with straight A's without actually doing any work. She wasn't learning how to properly analyze or pull information from a piece to put it to good use later. She also wasn't getting immediate feedback, so any past assignments were just that: in the past. Now we get immediate feedback, which she can apply to her learning, there is a lot more reading with online school and she is able to work at her own pace. Some days are rather short, because she does whip through the lessons, but then she has the time to take on extras not offered in the public school: digital art, french, sign language and chess, for example. It's an individual preference, but if you're a parent who isn't going to be involved in your child's school, then Connections is not for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

I learned of Connections Academy, long before they made it to Indiana. I inquired often in things I could do to get them in Indiana, for my special needs student and grand-daughter. By the time they made it here I had let her go to a special needs school to help her to excel but by this time, I was preparing to home-school another grand-daughter so we attended a call out. She was really excited and wanted to try it. Now for four years I and her other grand-mother has been her learning coach. I could not be more satisfied and pleased with the high standards and great teaching that she receives from this school. I believe they are above all of the Indiana school in curriculum and individual help. They provide a great opportunity for teachers to meet students and students meet students. Our grand-daughter does so much better in this versus brick and mortar. Wouldn't ever change a thing, they are the best of best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

Two of my children started attending INCA last year. This is our second year and we love it. My children are thriving in the program they are more happy about going to school each day then they ever have. The teachers are awesome and very quick to help when you get stuck. The Live Lessons are helpful to. They are learning to be responsible for there own educations. I love the way they can work at there own pace and not be rushed through something they may not be getting right away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

I have gone to a regular school for my whole school career and had not been doing as well as i knew I could. I wanted to try online and I went to K12 and instantly did not like it. After going back to public school, I thought online would be better but I had to find somewhere new and i ended up finding connections. I ended up liking it better than any school i had ever been to. It let me stay at my own pace but still earn my credits. The teachers are much more distant than in a regular school but they were still good with communication and live lessons. I ended up being able to graduate a semester early and i was pretty thrilled about that. It let me stay at home yet socialize which is good because i have somewhat of a social anxiety. I do reccomend it but it sure isn't for everyone.


Posted August 29, 2013

I absolutely love this school My son Has SPD and with this school we can do his work anytime anywhere . It works for us . He is learning at a pace that is just right for him and to see him get excited about learning is awesome . Thank you In connections academy I am so glad we choose you for our sons education I would and have highly recommended you!!!!! Love the teachers too!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

This is the fourth year my kids have attended INCA. They are doing great academically! We love the teachers and the support we receive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

This is our 2nd year with CA and we love it! The kids like the flexibility and I like the curriculum. The teachers and administration is wonderful. The field trips are a blast and the kids being able to meet their online friends is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

My son struggles significantly with academics. Indiana Connections Academy afforded him opportunities, educational value, and academic assistance that he could not have received anywhere else. My family is so grateful to Indiana Connections Academy for providing my child with every resource necessary to achieve his goals and succeed academically. I highly recommend this school to every parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

This is the third year my son has attended INCA. He went from B's and C's in local public school to all A's right away and has never looked back. He is in 6th grade and is in Gifted and Talented Language Arts. We love the school and the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

This is the best school. People say that the information is not as high as other schools. Not true it is good quality education.


Posted June 11, 2013

We're very happy with Connections Academy. My daughter needed a personal learning plan. She tried magnet and private schools that, in the end, were a poor fit academically. Connections is giving her a chance to truly excel. This is a great program that tailors learning to the specific needs of the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

The 2012-2013 school year was my first year with connections. I have really enjoyed it. Most of my teachers were really cool and always responded if I had a question. Getting ahold of the school itself is sort of a different story. My mom has had a lot of issues getting in contact with administrative staff. Other than that the school is perfect for me. If you are thinking of online school keep in mind you are going to really miss your friends and the fun times you had in class. I still hang out with my friends and all that but only the ones I was super close to. You can make friends at connections but it is a little awkward if you are shy and having to email them and asking to be friends. So I have just stuck to the ones I have now. That is just me though. The courses aren't really that hard. Math is my worst subject and doing it online doesn't help at all. So if you are a student with the same issue I suggest going to live lessons and maybe getting a friend or tutor to help you out. I really love that I have so much free time. Over all the school is a good choice for people with issues focusing in class or people with social issues. I hope this helps. :)


Posted January 31, 2013

The teachers at Indiana Connections Academy are amazing! The teachers are always there, ready to help. The school has an assortment of classes and extra curricular activities to enroll your child in. Very many kids have excelled in learning, social skills, time management, and so many more things they will need to take to college with them. Right from middle school, this school teaches their kids about college, and even sometimes prepares them for certain things in college. It's not only a great school, but it also prepares high school students for college, as well of middle school students for high school.


Posted July 23, 2012

Great school! I would like to add some things after reading the comments below. My daughter (3rd grader) went here last year and we did recieve regular books that any public schooler would get and lots of extras like things to do the science experiments with, novels, yoga dvd, and jump rope for pe. The live lessons (video chat teaching sessions) with the teacher were extremely helpful in backing up the lessons I was working on with her. The teacher was constantly reachable by phone or email and even took extra time with students at the end of live lessons as nescessary. Although it is a lot of work (for the parent), I highly recommend CA for any student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

I love Connections Academy. It is the perfect fit for me. They have so many Honors and AP (Advanced Placement) courses, it's just great. I can t believe some of the other reviewers said it wasn't for gifted students, because I am living proof that it is. My teachers were great and they made sure I had what I needed. Also, they have a variety of clubs that are just great. Not to mention, this is one of the only free online schools in Indiana.


Posted May 23, 2012

This school is not a good fit if you have a child that is intelligent. School does not work with parents for course placement. Does not offer a variety of courses. Public school mentality hidden behind an online setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

This is just public school online. No more. No less. Underwhelming. Not a good fit for gifted children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

We started CA this year. My high school-aged student loves it. I wish they would send paper books instead of forcing her to do everything online and so does she, but other than that, she seems to be getting an excellent education. Teachers are helpful and concerned. Curriculum is challenging. Grading system is fair, but challenging. So far, we love it. If they sent textbooks, I would up their score to a 5.
—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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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62%

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62%

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
66%

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85%

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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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57%

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68%

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

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72%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

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English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

25%

Average SAT score

930

Graduation rate

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 72%
Hispanic 6% 10%
Black 5% 12%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A46%
Special education 12%N/A14%
English learners 1%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Melissa Brown
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 550-3188

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • None
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
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6640 Intech Boulevard
Ste 250
Indianapolis, IN 46278
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Phone: (317) 550-3188

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