NC online charter school talking enrollment and mission

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – School is one month out for many counties in North Carolina and one of the state’s new free online charter schools talked to parents about still getting their children into online courses.

It’s all through one of the state’s two new public virtual charter schools some of your tax dollars are going to help open this fall. It’s focusing on giving students a free education in six core courses including English, Math, Art and Music.

The new online charter school, North Carolina Connections Academy, tried to find new students in Greenville Monday night.

“The classroom is so packed; they can’t even understand what’s going on,” says parent Angela Brann.

Parent of three, Angela Brann says she came to a meeting in Greenville to see if her children would do well using a new online charter school in the state. She says the public school in her town, isn’t the best fit for her kids.

“The classes are so quick and there is so much going on with so many kids that it’s just really hard for him to keep his attention and my 13 year old, the same. He has ADHD but he’s also getting bullied.

Brann says North Carolina connections Academy seems perfect. The school is promising one-on-one training, and that’s even with a max ratio of 1 to 50. Elizabeth Palmer with Connections Academy says they can educate students, even those with disabilities.

“We offer the same kinds of things, we have state certified teachers, we have award winning curriculum, and we have really great technology. We have a lot of the same things that you would find in a public traditional public school but it’s all from the comfort of home.”

The school will be giving out loaner computers and internet stipends for those that qualify. They’ll also be handing out standardized testing like any other public school. Brann says she’s ready to get her kids enrolled.

“As a parent, it will give me the relief that I am there and the kids will not be getting picked on, and they will get one on one access to their education and be able to focus to learn,” says Brann.

The academy reps say they’re already at 75 percent capacity and their still looking for teachers. If you would like more information, click here.

Connections Academy will host a second information meeting in New Bern on Tuesday.

It will be held at the Doubletree New Bern Riverfront from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

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