provides online school products and services to virtual schools for grades K-12, including full-time online schools bearing the Connections Academy name across the country. It is based in Columbia, Marylandand is part ofPearsonsOnline & Blended Learning K-12 group. It supports public online schools for grades K-12 across the United States. A private online school, International Connections Academy,is also available to students who live abroad. Online schools are an alternative to traditional public schools.Similar to charter schools, they are subsidized by the state. Although they contract with many non-profit schools, they are not a non-profit organization.

In the spring of 2001, Sylvan Ventures started a separate business unit to create a virtual school program with its first virtual schools beginning in Wisconsin and Colorado.5The company first began providing online school services to two schools in the fall of 2002. In September 2004, Connections Academy was sold to an investor group led byApollo Management, L.P.The company now operates public schools under management contracts from charter schools or school districts.

A new corporate entity called Connections Education was established in early 2011.6In this same year, on September 15, 2011,Pearson, an international learning company, acquired Connections Education for in excess of $400 million.7

Connections Education consists of two education-focused divisions including Connections Academy and Pearson Online & Blended Learning that serves educational institutions and other organizations with online learning solutions.

In October 2017, Alabama became the 34th state to partner with Connection Academy.5

In December 2017, it was announced that one Connections Academy schools contract would not be renewed and the decision is under appeal.8

USDLA Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Distance Learning 2016 awarded to Amada Ebel, Executive Director, South Carolina Connections Academy

Ohio Connections Academy recognized with a 2015 Momentum Award by Ohio State Board of Education, 2016

Indiana Connections Academy Recognized for Counseling Program, 2015

Lea Ann Lockard, Executive Director of Texas Connections Academy @ Houston, EdTech Leadership Award, 2016

Dr. Patricia Hoge, Connections Education Executive Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction and Chief Academic Officer, USDLA Award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning, 2015

Connections Education Awarded Renewed AdvancED Accreditation, 2015

Connections Educations Connexus® education management system, GradPoint, and education technology online learning courses Win Tech&Learning Award of Excellence for Best Upgraded Products, 2015

Connections Education Wins Three BESSIE Awards for Exemplary Educational Software, 2015

Connections Education Middle School Art Wins CODiE AwardHonored in Best Arts & Creativity Solution category, 2015

Pearson Opens New Office in Downtown Columbia.

Mitic, Ginanne Brownell.Do the Math: The Percentage of Expat Homeschoolers Is Growing.

Competing for the Virtual Student — THE Journal.

Connections Academy- Homeschooling Resources. Archived fromthe originalon 8 November 2015

Henry, Bryan.Schools of the future: Inside Alabamas virtual public school

Bell, Tom.Multinational giant set to run first virtual school in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

USDLA 2016 International Awards Presented for Excellence in Distance Learning for Individuals, Organizations and Companies Honoring their Outstanding Achievements.

RAMP Recipients American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

victorrivero (2016-03-15).2016 Finalists & Winners.

Connections Education wins International Distance Learning Awards.

Top Workplaces – Page 25 – NO .9 Connections Education.

Connections Education Awarded Renewed AdvancED Accreditation.

Pearson Leads the 2015 Tech & Learning Magazine Awards of Excellence With Nine Winners.

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