Online learning classes ushering new era


Connections Academy started 10 years ago nationally, first as a private school before moving to public. The school is in its second year of operation in Louisiana, and Principal Caroline Wood said there is a waiting list. Most of the school’s 1,200 students are between Baton Rouge and Slidell, Wood said, but the numbers are increasing in the New Orleans area. About 10 percent come from Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Once enrolled, families are provided with computers, books and materials. Students can participate in a range of field trips, clubs and extracurricular activities. Wood said the students are held to very high standards, and the coursework is rigorous.

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