Pearson announces First Connections Academy online public school program for K-12 students in Rhode Island



COLUMBIA, MD., August 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Pearson Announces Rhode Island will now offer Connections Academy’s full-time tuition-free online school program to K-12 students statewide in the 2021-22 school year. Rhode Island Connections Academy marks the debut of the online school program in the state and will meet the growing demand from students for a quality, holistic online public school experience, supported by a twenty-year track record of family and student satisfaction and school success.

Connections Academy was founded in 2001 and has provided over one million K-12 students with a fully online education since that time. Graduates went to top colleges and universities, joined the military, and started successful careers right after high school. the Rhode Island The program will reach 46 Connections Academy schools across the country over the next school year.

Online information sessions for Rhode Island Connections Academy are ongoing and student registration is open 5 August.

Rhode Island Connections Academy is a program of the East Bay Educational Collaborative (EBEC). Students will register for the online school program through their local district and participate virtually in school.

“Families continue to advocate for online school options and we are thrilled to offer the Connections Academy online school program in Rhode Island for the very first time. Our in-state partner – East Bay Educational Collaborative – shares our commitment to supporting learners anytime, anywhere and has embraced virtual learning as a way to meet the needs of students and prepare them for a digital future by rapid evolution. We look forward to starting the school year together and welcoming the first group of students, ”said Tom ap Simon, President of Pearson Virtual Learning.

Rhode Island Connections Academy will provide students with the ongoing support of state-certified teachers and a curriculum focused on both academics and socio-emotional learning. Teachers will be specially trained to bring their skills and personalities to the virtual classroom and stress the importance of fostering meaningful connections with students and their families. Learning plans are flexible and can be uniquely personalized to meet the specific needs and abilities of each student to help them develop the skills and confidence they need to thrive in a changing world.

With Rhode Island Connections Academy, parents will be essential members of their child’s learning team and an integral part of the operation of the online school program. As learning coaches, parents will help teachers provide the support and structure their students need by establishing daily routines, ensuring attendance and completion of their students’ work.

Families interested in Rhode Island Connections Academy are encouraged to call 800-382-6010 or attend an online information session to learn more, ask questions, and find out if the online school program is the right fit for their student.

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About Rhode Island Connections Academy
Rhode Island Connections Academy is a unique, tuition-free, online public school program that will serve K-12 students statewide. Rhode Island Connections Academy is a program of the East Bay Educational Collaborative (EBEC). The online school program will provide a high quality educational experience that will keep students motivated and engaged in a virtual and safe learning environment. In addition to academics, teachers focus on emotional well-being and social development, working closely with families to help students learn how they learn best. At Rhode Island Connections Academy, students gain the skills and confidence they need to lead their own educational journey, learning to thrive in the real world by first learning to be resourceful and resilient. For more information call 800-382-6010 or visit

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