Online Public School Students Celebrate Academic Achievements, Head to Distinguished Universities
TULARE – California Connections Academy Central, a tuition-free online public school serving students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade, graduated approximately 40 high school seniors among two commencement ceremonies.
On June 17 at the Warren Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, students gathered to honor their peers’ accomplishments, with remarks from Ripon Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ziggy Robeson and student speaker Lily Eiselt. On June 19, students graduated at the Bren Events Center at University of California, Irvine, with remarks from Jim Reardon, Governing Board Member of the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees, and top ranked graduates Daniel Park and Alexandria Gable.
California Connections Academy’s 2019 graduating seniors include twins Kayla and Sarah Randolph, of Lindsay, who will attend University of Arizona on scholarship to study elementary education and the medical field, respectively; professional soccer player John Pulskamp of Bakersfield will go on to play goalkeeper for the Kansas City Swope Park Rangers and Sporting KC major league soccer teams. Additional 2019 graduates will go on to pursue higher education at institutions including University of Oregon, Southern Adventist University, and the College of the Sequoias, among others.
“I greatly appreciated how the school’s extracurriculars and expanded opportunities helped me prepare for college,” said graduate Kayla Randolph. “It allowed me to explore different career paths and narrow in on my passion for elementary education.”
The online school serves a wide array of students throughout Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties, providing an innovative and flexible learning environment for more than 500 students. The combination of state-credentialed teachers and high-quality curriculum, which meets stringent state education standards, allows the school to provide a top-tier learning program for its students.
“It is a privilege to witness this graduating class enter the next chapter in their lives,” said Dr. Richard Savage, executive director of California Connections Academy Schools. “This group of students is dedicated and driven, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.”
For high school students, California Connections Academy offers a competitive, high-quality curriculum, including a variety of University of California “a-g” courses such as science, honors and AP classes, digital technology, visual and performing arts courses, and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters are available for students, in addition to an AVID program to help students in grades 6 through 12 prepare for college and careers. Students can also pursue passion areas through a variety of clubs and activities including technology club, career club and more.
Students have many opportunities to participate in other school-sponsored events, including in-person field trips and special events planned throughout the year – from college tours to educational site visits – where they may socialize offline with staff and fellow students. College-bound juniors and seniors may also adapt their schedules to accommodate exam preparation and applications.
Enrollment for California Connections Academy Central is currently open for the 2019-20 school year. To learn more about California Connections Academy visit the school’s web site.