Online Schools

Indiana Virtual Public School To Serve Elementary Students

Elementary and middle school students in Indiana will have an online alternative beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

Rural Community Academy, in partnership with Connections Academy, is launching a statewide virtual public school that will serve students in grades 1 through 8. Dubbed Indiana Connections Academy Virtual Pilot School (INCA-VPS), the online school will provide a tuition-free education to Indiana students, providing teachers, support staff, and learning coaches for students.

Connections Academy is a virtual education company that operates several regional K-12 online virtual schools, including 16 state schools and one national academy. Connections Academy operates one school in each of 14 states--Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming--and two schools in California (serving southern and central areas of the state).

The online school will provide an assessment of each student's needs and prescribe a custom instructional plan based on those needs. Unlike some virtual schools, INCA-VPS will not provide free hardware or subsidized broadband to students, except for those who request and qualify for a hardship exception (essentially those who qualify under federal free or reduced lunch guidelines and who do not otherwise have access to the required technology). The academy does provide technical support and various online resources.

Further information about Connections Academy can be found here.

About the Author

David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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