New Parent Survey Reveals Why K-12 Students Attend Online Schools Full Time

 New Parent Survey Reveals Why K-12 Students Attend Online Schools Full Time

Connections Academy's 2014 Parent Survey highlights virtual schools' top
enrollment factors: families want school options, greater flexibility

PR Newswire

BALTIMORE, June 24, 2014

BALTIMORE, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New survey results from Connections
Academy,,one of the country's leading
providers of full-time online school for students in grades K through 12,
reveals the reasons parents enroll their children in online schools. The
results are from the Connections Academy 2014 Parent Satisfaction Survey, an
annual third-party survey now in its twelfth year. All families with students
enrolled at the time of the survey were invited to participate – 45% of the
families responded to the survey, totaling more than 18,000 respondents. The
survey results suggest key explanations for the continuing growth of virtual
schooling in the United States.

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When asked what the top three reasons were for considering Connections Academy
for their child, parents with children enrolled in full-time Connections
Academy online schools indicated:

  o45% - wanted a change from their current school setting (and in a related
    finding, 50% of first-year parents agreed with the statement, "I have a
    child who does not learn well in a traditional school.")
  o44% - needed or wanted a flexible schedule
  o35% - expressed a desire for a safe learning environment

The Connections Academy parent survey also showed that other frequent factors
leading parents to enroll students in the fully online schools included: the
desire to have a greater involvement with their child's education (26%);
student health issues (14%); a child bullied in his/her previous school (10%);
and student arts or athletic pursuits (5%).

Additionally, 26% of parents stated that their child was academically ahead of
peers; 18% indicated their child was academically behind peers prior to
enrolling in Connections Academy.

Connections Academy's 2014 Parent Satisfaction Survey also revealed that
families who make the choice to enroll students in the online schools continue
to be overwhelmingly pleased with their child's educational experience:

  o89%of parents gave the overall Connections Academyonline school an "A"
    or "B" grade. This is in comparison to public school ratings from the
    45^th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward
    the Public Schools, in which 71% of public school parents gave the public
    school their oldest child attends an "A" or a "B" grade.[1]
  o84% of Connections Academy parents say they are more satisfied with the
    virtual school than their child's previous school.
  o92% recommend the school to other parents.

Overall, parents continue to give Connections Academy schools high marks for
academic rigor, program flexibility, quality teachers, and for delivering high
levels of student achievement.

Twelve percent of parents said they felt a virtual education was a better
learning solution for their child. Three quarters of parents participating in
the survey indicated that their children were previously enrolled in their
neighborhood bricks-and-mortar public school prior to joining a Connections
Academy school.

Although no individual survey responses were accessible to Connections
Academy, parents were invited to share their thoughts and agreed to be
quoted. Select parent quotes include:

"The teachers are exceptional and will respond quickly whenever I have a
question. I can arrange my children's lessons to coincide with our active
lifestyle. My children are learning so much with Connections and I get to be a
part of it, I get to watch it all happen first hand." –Jennifer Jennings,
Central California Connections Academy parent

"I love that the teachers are understanding and available, they stay connected
with my children and with me. I also love that as a parent I can log on to any
computer anywhere and see what is happening in my children's education in each
class." –Michele Omvig, Iowa Connections Academy parent

"I absolutely LOVE this program. It has been one of the best decisions our
family has made. Quality teachers and a rigorous curriculum are of great
importance to us and Connections Academy does not disappoint. My son loves his
teachers and wants to work hard for them!" –Joy Bauer, South Carolina
Connections Academy parent

Mickey Revenaugh, co-founder and executive vice president for Connections,
commented on today's educational landscape – where families have choices when
it comes to education. "For many students, who may not learn like the other
kids in their class, there are increasingly more school options. Full-time
virtual school can be a great solution for students seeking a personalized
learning experience and something outside of the traditional classroom."

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 2014 survey was conducted from January 14 to February 28, 2014 by
Shapiro, an independent market research company which created the
questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results. No individual
responses were accessible to Connections Academy. Parents 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, and one response per household
was submitted. Forty-five percent of the 41,000 households with students
enrolled in a Connections Academy school at the time of the survey responded
to the survey.

Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is going on now and free information
sessions are taking place across the country for families interested in
learning more about Connections Academy virtual public schools. Visit to learn more.

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality,
highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12.
Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private
school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education
for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online
learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a
proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a
supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and
children who want an individualized approach to education. Among the schools
supported by Connections in the 2013–14 school year are 32 Connections Academy
virtual (online) public schools and Nexus Academy blended schools that operate
in 23 states and expect to serve more than 45,000 students from across the
U.S. It serves students worldwide through the online private school,
International Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through
12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. For more
information, call 800–382–6010 or visit
Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of
the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).

[1] William J. Bushaw and Shane J. Lopez, The 45th Annual Phi Delta
Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools,
"Betting on Teachers." Phi Delta Kappan, September 2013.

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Parent Survey: K-12 students go to school online for flexibility; school

Reasons for Choosing Online School

Connections Academy students learn online from home while an adult – often
parent – Learning Coach monitors progress in the home.

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SOURCE Connections Academy

Contact: Allison Bazin, Connections Academy Public Relations, (609) 247-0275,; Sandy Burke, Athena Public Relations, (203)
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